By almost any measure, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has the poorest human development outcomes among the 16 regions in the Philippines. Poverty incidence (63 percent) is twice that for the nation as a whole. Life expectancies for men (55.5 years) and women (59.3 years) more than 10 years below the national rates. Infant and maternal mortality (at 63 deaths per 1000 live births and 320 deaths per 100,000 live births, respectively) are 30 percent and 80 percent higher than the national rates. And net primary and secondary enrollment rates (at 82 percent and 39 percent, respectively_ are 14 and 33 percentage points lower than the national rates. Any effort to rebuild the society and economy of Muslim Mindanao after decades of sporadic conflict - in fact, any effort to bring sustained peace to Mindanao--must include a component to enhance substantially the prospects for human development in the Region.
|Place of Publication||Pasig City|
|Original Publication Date||November 1, 2003|