Introduction

The national government has espoused its clear roadmap for inclusive and rapid growth under its social contract with the Filipino people. Aligned with this overarching framework of the social contract, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), through the Mindanao Peace and Development Framework Plan or the Mindanao 2020, adopts spatial development strategies in accelerating


About the Mindanao Development Corridors

The Mindanao Development Corridors is a spatial development strategy that aims to increase the competitiveness of Mindanao industries by providing them with common service facilities. The program also aims to achieve physical integration among key economic clusters in Mindanao in its bid to become self-reliant and internally dependable. The program will also prepare the island-region towards greater economic cooperation with the BIMP-EAGA and other ASEAN-member countries in anticipation for the ASEAN Integration by 2015.


Goals

Propel Mindanao's growing business industries by providing integrated common service facilities to increase competitiveness of Mindanao industries thereby creating massive employment and generate more income particularly for the agriculture, tourism and manufacturing sectors.


Objectives

  • To improve the contribution of Mindanao to the Philippine GDP by 7-8 % in 2016 and reinforce the enabling business environment in the island for a sustained trade with the BIMP-EAGA and the ASEAN;

  • To provide infrastructure and improve connectivity to scale up the development of identifi ed industries (e.g., rubber, coconut, coff ee, aquaculture, etc.)

  • To create business opportunities, provide sustainable livelihood and increased income to farmers and fi sher folks;
  • To provide capacity building for local and national government as enablers as well as business development providers and benefi ciaries representing the conflict-affected areas; and

  • To fortify good governance in the local and national government so as to ensure an efficient and transparent delivery of public service.

The Five Development Clusters

  1. Industrial Trade Cluster

    This is Mindanao’s Business Center and Industrial Trade Corridor and Mindanao’s gateway to domestic markets in the Visayas and Luzon. Heavy industries are prominently represented here, owing to the presence of the PHIVIDEC industrial estate, and several mining operations in Surigao, Dinagat, and Misamis Oriental. The area has the potential to become a logistics hub, as it hosts the newly opened Laguindingan Airport, and the Mindanao Integrated Container Terminal (MICT). The area is also home to the country’s iron and steel processing plants (National Steel Corp. and Group Jacinto). If reopened, these would add value to the raw ores that we are exporting from our mines.

  2. Mariculture and Trade Cluster

    Western Mindanao remains as the top producer of fishery-based products with an aggregate production of 1,485,238.04 MT or 60% of the total Mindanao fishery production of 49,294.04 MT. Rubber, Mango and Coconut are the top three (3) agri-commodities that Western Mindanao has substantial share in Mindanao total volume of production.

  3. Biodiversity and Eco-Tourism Cluster

    The corridor is characterized by a diverse ecosystem and hosts a large proportion of the country’s unique plants and animals. The region has green mountains with dense wildlife, waterfalls running from rainforests, and spectacular cave formations, rivers and shorelines. Off the northeastern part of Mindanao lies the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, the famous Enchanted River of Hinatuan and Mindanao’s Niagara falls, the Tinuy-an falls located in Bislig City. It has a long stretch of lowlands and mid-to high elevation forests along the east coast of Mindanao.

    Thus this corridor development approach also integrates rehabilitation and long-term development needs of areas hit by typhoon Pablo to include disaster-preparedness and climate change adaptation through our Mindanao Nurturing Our Waters (MindaNOW) Program.

  4. Food Basket Cluster 

    This is Mindanao’s Food, agribusiness, and logistics cluster. The major integrating facility of this cluster is the high standard highway which will cut across two corridors and also connects to the production areas and thus encourage movement of not only goods and services but also tourists.

  5. Food, Agri-Business and Logistics Cluster

    Agri-industry and agri-processing are likely to predominate here for some time, as well as mineral resource-based industry. The twin main   growth centers linked by this corridor are General Santos City, which will serve as a trade, finance and transport center, and Davao City, the business center, tourism, and services hub.