• MinDA welcomes new Chairperson

    The appointment of Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto as the first Muslim Chair and Secretary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) brings to fore timely Bangsamoro representation in the overall socioeconomic development of Mindanao. ...
  • Mindanao to host first EAGA cultural fest

    Malaysian dancers perform a traditional dance routine during the 19th Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Ministerial Meeting held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in December last year. A festival that...
  • GenSan circumferential road opens, provides access to key ports and terminals

      The skyline of General Santos becomes a huge display of neon lights at night as the southernmost city in the Philippines transforms into a highly urbanized area, becoming one of the regional centers and gateways of commerce and industry in ...
  • EAGA eyes creation of network to strengthen TVET initiatives

      BIMP-EAGA TVET Network – Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) leaders and stakeholders from the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) headed by TESDA XI Regional Director and H...
  • Envi payback scheme from Mindanao earns praise from international community

    Participants in the Asia LEDS Forum 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam gather for a souvenir photo. Philippine participants in the forum include Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Undersecretary Janet Lopoz, MinD...
  • International forum seeks to prepare EAGA workforce for global arena

    Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Luwalhati Antonino (right) receives a plaque of recognition from Tesda-Davao director Gaspar Gayona during the 1st BIMP-EAGA TVET Forum, held at the Regional Training Center-Korea-Philippines Vocational Trai...
  • Mindanao’s RE push to boost PHL’s clean energy agenda

    Considered as the first and largest on-grid solar photovoltaic power plant in Mindanao, the 1 megawatt solar power plant of the Cagayan Electric Power and light Corporation in Barangay Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City provides renewable energy to more ...
  • Mindanao power monitoring body expects better power on Monday polls

    The Pulangi IV Hydroelectric Power Plant in Maramang, Bukidnon generates about 255 megawatts of renewable energy which make up to 20 percent of the available power in the the entire Mindanao grid.   DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Mindana...
  • BIMP-EAGA and NT Partnership

        BIMP-EAGA and NT Partnership. High level officials of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines - East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and Northern Territory Australia do the traditional brotherhood gesture at the 4th Darwi...
  • EO expands to include Cha-Ro in Ro-Ro service, move seen to boost country's export sector

      DAVAO CITY, Philippines. "In efforts to reduce logistics costs and promote the competitiveness of the country's export sector, an Executive Order (EO) was issued by Malacanan Palace early this month, expanding the existing Road-Roll-on/Roll...
  • MinDA to seek ERC ok of Daneco genset contract for Samal

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) would seek from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) a speedy processing of power sales agreement (PSA) rate application for modular generator set intended for the Island Garden ...
  • Mindanao lead agency inks development initiatives with ADB, USAID

      MINDANAO DEVELOPMENT Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, (center) chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and Daniel Miller, chief of the Office of Economic Development of the US Agency for International Development - Philippines sign a...
  • Sabah traders meet Mindanao counterparts to explore business deals

    B2B MATCHING. BlueGre' Coffee President and CEO Gloria Cuaresma meets with the business executives of Sabah Flour and Feed Mills Sdn. Bhd. for a possible partnership on coffee shop franchising. The potential collaboration is explored during the bus...
  • Mindanao resilient, can overcome challenges -- Antonino

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines ---Mindanao always has what it takes to emerge from challenges, according to Mindanao Development Authority chair Luwalhati Antonino in a statement today."There is no island-region in the Philippines more intensely challenged ...
  • Power agencies to discuss transmission issues in Davao meeting

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Top officials of the country's power sector will be meeting in Davao City, Thursday to thresh out concerns surrounding power transmission and to find long-term solutions to issues on the right-of-way (ROW) and easements of t...
  • ARMM welcomes entry of P1.3B new investment

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Investments in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are in the upswing with the approval by the Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) of a P1.3 billion worth of palm oil plantation project in Maguindanao.Gintong Agri-corp...
  • EAGA and Australia’s Northern Territory to reconnect trade, tourism, and cultural ties

    AUSTRALIAN LINKS Philippine Signing Minister of BIMP-EAGA and Chair of the Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Luwalhati Antonino (on screen) addresses the delegation of Australia's Northern Territory (seated below) headed by its Minister for ...
  • Mindanao hydro power output falls as effects of El Niño set in

    Mindanao is now feeling the effects of El Niño as it affects the operations of the Agus and Pulangi Hydropower Complexes (APHC), which supplies nearly half of the island's power supply."This was among the scenarios the Mindanao Power Monitoring Commi...
  • PCCI seals investment promotion and policy formulation deal with Mindanao agency

    COMPETITIVE MINDANAO. Secretary Luwalhati R. Antonino, chairperson of the Mindanao Development Authority (center) and Alfredo M. Yao, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce (PCCI) sign an investment promotion and policy formulation agreeme...
  • Samal abduction a setback to Mindanao’s tourism and investment momentum – MinDA

    The abduction of three foreign nationals and a Filipina at a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal Monday night deals a setback to Mindanao's tourism and investment upswing, according to Mindanao Development Authority chair Luwalhati Antonino.The...
  • Mindanao LGU alliance to implement environmental payback scheme

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A major watershed in Mindanao is being eyed for the implementation of Payment for Ecological Services (PES), an incentive mechanism designed to strengthen management of natural resources and ecosystems that provide goods and...
  • Research and innovation seen to increase competitiveness among ASEAN countries

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A key official from Mindanao underscored the importance of investing in research and development to improve the competitiveness of ASEAN economies in pursuit of the objectives of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).At the r...
  • Six Mindanao provinces top national competitiveness ranking

    COMPETITIVE MINDANAO. Mindanao Development Authority executive director Usec. Janet Lopoz presents to officers and members of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines the six Mindanao provinces that are considered as among the most compe...
  • Agencies commit to hasten RE project applications in Mindanao

    POWER PORTAL Karen Calseña, staff of the Mindanao Development Authority (front, extreme left) provides updates on the One Stop Facilitation and Monitoring Center (OSFMC) web portal and navigates with the personnel of the Environment Management Bure...
  • Mindanao leaders back amended Cabotage Law, expect cuts in shipping costs

    A freighter docks at Puerto Princesa Port in Palawan as it prepares for cargoes to be shipped to the major ports in the Philippines and other neighboring countries.   DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Key government leaders and business players from...
  • MinDA-MPMC Statement on current power situation

      The Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) noted water levels of Lake Lanao and Agus and Pulangi dams to continue to drop in the past few days, breaching critical points as of 21 July 2015, based on data from the National Power Corporat...
  • GenSan’s Aerotropolis to position Region 12 as major Mindanao gateway

    MinDA Executive Director Janet M. Lopoz, during the recent 50th Regular Meeting of the Regional Development Council XII at Villa Amor Hotel, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, said the Gensan Aerotropolis will firm up the General Santos City's posit...
  • Business leader sworn in as board of Mindanao Development Authority

      Mindanao Business Council Chair Vincente Lao (5th from left) and his wife, Rose Lao (3rd from left), his daughter Dorothy Jane Cejas (2nd from left), and son Joel Darwin Lao (extreme right), pose for a posterity photo with Philippine Presiden...
  • Mindanawon tops ADB project management training in Malaysia

    WINNING TEAM Gemma Dagaas, development management officer IV of the Mindanao Development Authority (center) discusses with her team members the concept, presentation style, and packaging of the project proposal that earned her team a recognition du...
  • Mindanao sees an uptrend in renewable energy projects

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Applications for renewable energy (RE) projects in Mindanao posted a 25.64 percent increase which showed a growing interest for clean energy investments in the island-region.The One Stop Facilitation and Monitoring Center ...
  • Northern Mindanao Development Council supports corridors strategy

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Northern Mindanao's Regional Development Council (RDC-10) recently expressed its support for the implementation of the Mindanao Development Corridors, citing it as an innovative strategy that responds to the development need...
  • NYC, MinDA team up for roll out of Mindanao youth programs

      DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Signalling the roll out of upcoming programs and projects for Mindanao's youth, the National Youth Commission (NYC) officially turned over the first edition of the Mindanao Youth Agenda (MYA) to the Mindanao Develo...
  • Mindanao Power Corporation

    Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, Chairperson of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and Romeo Montenegro, director of MinDA's office of Investment Promotions and Public Affairs lobby for the creation of the Mindanao Power Corporation (MINPOCOR...
  • As coal rushes in Mindanao power body pushes for more RE

    MPMC UPDATES. Secretary Luwalhati Antonino (left), chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) listens as Dir. Romeo Montenegro of MinDA Investment Promotions and Public Affairs reports on the status of renewable energy projects under the O...
  • Guinness World Record for the Most Tress Planted Simultaneously (Multiple Locations)

    STATEMENT from Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, Chair of the Mindanao Development Authority on   Guinness World Record for the Most Tress Planted Simultaneously (Multiple Locations) February 23, 2013 We are happy to announce that Mindanao, Phi...
  • Mindanao chief lauds ADB support to regional development efforts

    ADB SUPPORT. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairperson Secretary Luwalhati Antonino (seated, 3rd from left), together with Philippine Government officials and executive directors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), meet during a recent vi...
  • Bringing in Investments to Mindanao - Palm Oil

    Joined by Philippine Commercial Attaché Asec. Glenn Penaranda, MinDA Investment Promotion and International Relations Director Romeo Montenegro meets with the executives of Malaysia's leading oil palm industry player, Felda Group Ventures, at its h...
  • Bringing in Investments to Mindanao

    Romeo Montenegro, director for the Mindanao Development Authority's (MinDA) Investment Promotion and International Relations office meets with Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya in Kuala Lumpur to provide investment and development up...
  • Increase of investments boosts business confidence in ARMM

    COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Business confidence is still up in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as new investments hit more than P863 million early this year, the ARMM Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) announced Monday.A P741.8 mil...
  • Gov’t, private sector eye to reopen Davao-Manado air link

      DAVAO CITY, Philippines - A multi-stakeholder group from Mindanao and Indonesia is poised to revive the air connectivity between Mindanao and North Sulawesi starting off with a market development strategy for the Davao-Manado route.In a mee...
  • Mindanao-wide summit underscores cacao industry growth

    CACAO MINDANAO. Sec. Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (left) discusses industry issues with Director Remelyn Recoter, regional director of the Department of Agriculture XI (middle) and Charita Puentespina, chair of th...
  • EAGA adopts socio-cultural and education pillar

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – In recognizing the crucial roles of socio-cultural links and education in the promotion of greater understanding among diverse communities, the signing ministers of BIMP-EAGA recently agreed to explore socio-cultural and edu...
  • Socio Cultural Ties

    SOCIO-CULTURAL TIES. Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority and Philippine Signing Minster for BIMP-EAGA shares a light moment with H.E. Rizal Lukman, Indonesian Deputy Minister for Coordinating Ministry for Econo...
  • New EAGA Pillar

    Sec. Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority and Philippine signing minister for BIMP-EAGA shares a light moment with Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brun...
  • Mindanao sends 37 athletes to East ASEAN friendship games

    ALL SMILES. The Mindanao delegation, composed of young athletes, coaches, and sports officialsfrom Davao City pose for a souvenir photo during a send-off held at the conference hall of the Mindanao Development Authority, prior to their flight to La...
  • Development forum tackles economic, livelihood opportunities in Bangsamoro

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Economic and livelihood opportunities in the Bangsamoro were underscored during the Philippines Development Forum (PDF), which opened here Wednesday at SM Lanang Premier's SMX Convention Center.The forum, which focused on th...
  • International trade fair and business gab clinch P8.9 billion in sales and investments

    Key business persons from the ASEAN Region discuss investment potentials during the 2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders' Conference held from October 22 to 26 in Davao City. The business-matching sessions, conducted simultaneou...
  • Books of Peace

    BOOKS OF PEACE. Rev. Fr. Joel E. Tabora S. J., president of the Ateneo de Davao University meets with Carlos Cerezo (left) and Olie Dagala (center), development management officers of the Mindanao Development Authority during the ceremonial turnove...
  • BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Business Leaders' Conference Presentations (October 23, 2014)

      About ASEAN Economic Community, BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT 1. Background on ASEAN Economic Community, BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT (Dr. Manzano)   Opening Speeches 1. Message of City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte  2. Opening Remarks (Datuk Raza...
  • MinDA, DOE launch web portal for RE projects in Mindanao, aim to streamline applications

    Web portal for Mindanao RE Projects – Mindanao Development Authority Chairperson Luwalhati Antonino (middle) and Department of Energy Undersecretary Raul Aguilos (left) award a computer certificate to National Commission for Indigenous Peoples XI R...
  • STATEMENT from the Organizers of TreeVolution: Greening Mindanao

    STATEMENT from the Organizersof TreeVolution: Greening MindanaoSeptember 30, 2013We express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all those who participated in the successful conduct of TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW.It is without doubt, Septe...
  • Local execs endorse Mindanao Development Corridors program

      DAVAO CITY, Philippines - The Confederation of Provincial Governors, City Mayors and Municipal Mayors' Leagues Presidents of Mindanao (Confed-Mindanao) recently reconvened and endorsed the Mindanao Development Corridors program as a key str...
  • Mindanao biz gab opens, zooms in on preps for ASEAN market

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – With barely a year left before the ASEAN Economic Integration, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairperson Luwalhati Antonino underscores the importance of connectivity in Mindanao's entry into the ASEAN Econ...
  • 23rd MINBIZCON opens

    23rd MINBIZCON opens - Mindanao Development Authority Chair Luwalhati Antonino addresses more than 1,200 key business players from the island-region during the opening ceremonies of the 23rd Mindanao Business Conference held Monday at the KCC Conve...
  • Mindanao’s Guinness world record attempt opens online registration

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Calls to participate in Mindanao's attempt to break the Guinness world record for the most number of trees planted in an hour at multiple sites aim to become viral as online registration opens to interested participants ac...
  • Sec. Antonino meets with Paul Dominguez

    MEETING OF MINDANAO MINDS - Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) meets with Paul Dominguez, board vice-chairman of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) during a meeting held Tuesday at the MinDA offi...
  • International forum seeks to strengthen human resource in EAGA

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Aiming to revive and strengthen the human resource linkages within the BIMP-EAGA, a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) forum is pursued to encourage multi-sector collaboration in technical education, trai...
  • Knowledge, research, and policy center for Mindanao pushed

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – In efforts to strengthen the link between research and policy formulation in Mindanao, the creation of a knowledge, research, and policy center is being pushed to bolster policy-directed researches, as well as institutionali...
  • Top Mindanao agri products post solid growth

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Mindanao continues to make substantial contributions to the country's agriculture output, maintaining its strength as an agriculture-based economy despite natural calamities that pulled down production in some sectors.Select...
  • Mindanao town seals cacao deal with Kennemer Foods International

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A production and trading agreement aimed to integrate and scale-up cacao production in Mindanao was sealed here recently between the local government of Marihatag in Surigao del Sur and the Kennemer Foods International (KFI)...
  • Mindanao River Basin TWG aims to fast track flood control projects

    COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Members of the Mindanao River Basin-Technical Working Group (MRB-TWG) convened here on Tuesday to review ongoing projects aimed to provide long-term solutions to the flooding within the area and to fast track technical pr...
  • Antonino urges Mindanao execs to submit viable tourism dev’t proposals

    PAMANA FOR SURIGAO DEL SUR. Mindanao Development Authority Chair Luwalhati Antonino hands over a check amounting to P50,680,000.00 to Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel during the opening ceremonies of the province's 54th founding anniversary...
  • Natural Gas

    NATURAL GAS - Mindanao Development Authority Chair Luwalhati Antonino visits Barangay Pagatpatan in Butuan City to check the natural gas, which emanates from the town's underground water source. The natural gas, believed to be Methane has been util...
  • BIMP-EAGA envi cluster adopts climate change proposal

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – In a bid to make BIMP-EAGA and its people more adaptable to climate change, the sub-region's environment cluster adopted the proposal of the Philippines to implement a USD 1.2 million project that will build the resilience o...
  • Ecotourism projects eyed for Tawi-Tawi’s Turtle Islands

    In a protected sanctuary on Baguan Island in the Municipality of Turtle Islands, green sea turtle hatchlings struggle their way to the sea. In 2012, protection and conservation efforts in the province of Tawi-Tawi helped produce a total of 1.44 mil...
  • Mindanao state universities and colleges to offer DRMM and climate change courses

      DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mindanao's state universities and colleges are stepping up efforts in making the island-region and its people more adaptable to climate change by integrating disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) as well as...
  • Aquino cites EAGA connectivity as vital to ASEAN integration

    ENHANCING CONNECTIVITY President Benigno Aquino, joined by Mindanao Development Authority chair and BIMP-EAGA Signing Minister Luwalhati Antonino, cites connectivity headways in enhancing trade, economic and tourism ties within the sub region at th...
  • Multi-sector group supports national greening effort

    FOREST SEEDLINGS. Mindanao Development Authority staff along with community volunteer Elmer Valdez (2nd from left) participate in a tree growing activity that planted more than 2,000 seedlings of forest tree species at a designated mini-watershed i...
  • Mindanao-North Sulawesi, Indonesia Sea Route

      NEW SHIPPING ROUTE. Seen to increase trade between Indonesia and the Philippines, the Davao-General Santos-Tahuna-Bitung sea route which will open next month will formalize shipping services between Mindanao and North Sulawesi, two key island...
  • Davao City gov’t gears up for international trade fair and business gab

      Davao City gov't gears up for international trade fair and business gab The City Government of Davao has declared October 20-26, 2014 a celebration week for BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT as it plays host to an international trade fair and business le...
  • Fun run to support rehab of Mindanao coastal areas

    Fun run to support rehab of Mindanao coastal areas DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A fun run aimed to raise funds and contribute to the rebuilding and rehabilitation of coastal barangays in Mindanao is being organized by the Junior Chamber International (...
  • Philippines to host largest sub-regional trade fair and business gab

    Philippines to host largest sub-regional trade fair and business gab DAVAO CITY, Philippines - The Philippines will host this year’s largest sub-regional trade fair and business conference that will gather the top business leaders and traders f...
  • Mindanao traders join Asia’s biggest trade show in Singapore

    PHILIPPINES’ BEST The Philippine pavilion, which showcases the best of the country’s products, is among the attractions during 19th Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) 2014—considered as Asia’s largest food and hospitality trade event being held this week at...
  • Mindanao energy plan matches with Mindanao dev’t corridors program

    Efforts to lay down a long-term energy plan to ensure sustainable power regime for Mindanao could also prime the ground for spatial development initiatives being pursued under a corridors program, a top energy official said. - See more at: http://min...
  • Mindanao’s organic products attract bigger int’l markets

    Black and Sweet. Organically-produced black rice (left) and coco sugar from Mindanao become instant hits during the 25th Biofach Organic Fair, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food products held last month in Nuremberg, Germany. The Bios Dy...
  • Mindanao power body responds to supply shortfall

    A power monitoring body created to initiate immediate and long term steps to address the power situation in Mindanao has recommended quick measures to bridge power supply deficit resulting from the unscheduled shutdown of 210MW Steag coal-fired power...
  • ARMM investments up by more than 150 percent in 2013

    The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) cornered more than P1.4 billion worth of investments last year, and registered a 157 percent increase as compared to 2012’s P569 million.


Quick Facts

Mindanao Quick Facts (as of September 2015)
   
Total Land Area 10,202,192 ha.
Number of Regions 6
Number of Provinces (2012) 26
Number of Cities (2012) 33
Number of Municipalities (2012) 422
Number of Barangays (2012) 10,084
Population (2010) 21,968,174
Total Labor Force (October 2014) 9,965 (in thousands)
Number of Employed Persons (October 2014) 9,547 (in thousands)
Number of Unemployed Persons (October 2014) 418 (in thousands)
GRDP at Constant Prices (2014) Php 1,034,922 thousands
Cost of BOI-Registered Investments (2014) Php 73,157.96 million
Total Trade  USD 8,510.70 million
Value of Exports USD 6,304.558 million
Value of Imports USD 2,462.017 million
Agricultural Production (2013)  
     Total Crops (Palay, Corn, Abaca, Banana, Coconut, Coffee, Mango, Pineapple, Sugarcane, Cacao, Oil Palm, Camote, Cassava, Rubber) 34,087,206 metric tons
     Total Livestock/Poultry (Carabao, Cattle, Hog, Goat, Chicken, Duck, Chicken Eggs, Duck Eggs) 1,117,718 metric tons
     Total Fisheries (Commercial, Municipal, Aquaculture) 2,021,673 metric tons