Philippines hopes pineapple peace plan will bear fruit
"Visit Jolo in a few years' time and I assure you the traces of blood and armed struggle that once haunted the whole island will have vanished."
- Lt. Gen. Romeo Tolentino, project official
Manila, Philippines - The Philippine army plans to transform an insurgency-wracked island into the country's second largest pineapple producing region in an effort to end decades of bloodshed.
Under the plan, Jolo, 950km south of Manila, would be transformed into a major producer of pineapples to provide livelihoods to impoverished Muslims who have lived under the shadow of rebel violence for decades.