PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said Monday that the revival of the barter system in Mindanao is expected to boost its economy and improve peace and security in the area.
The President made the remarks during the 40th birthday celebration of boxer and Senator Emmanuel D. Pacquiao in General Santos City Monday night.
“I have ordered also the reopening of the barter trade for a start and maybe if we can agree, a similar setup,” adding that the issue is complex because it touches on aspects of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the President said.
Before the General Santos event, Mr. Duterte was in Jolo, Sulu to lead the activation of the 11th Infantry Division there.
Mr. Duterte also deployed at least 840 personnel and aircraft from the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to Jolo.
On the revival of barter trade, the President reiterated that the issue is “hard to navigate” at this time but once he sees it implemented he will evaluate which elements need to be added.
The President said people can expect “some movement” in Mindanao because his administration is “in a hurry” to achieve peace in the area. — Arjay L. Balinbin