• From Sea to Mountains: Forward planning key to Philippine food security

    23 November 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityMiarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon - Two years before the South Korea Sweet Strawberries which are now being propagated in the highlands of Bukidnon are expected to be produced in comm...
  • Environment-Friendly Farming - Managing a new industry: Mindanao’s Hass avocado

    23 November 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe news that a source for Hass Avocado planting materials has finally been found in a backyard in Bukidnon spread like wild fire yesterday and elicited hundreds of requests for...
  • MinDA Vegetable Derby: Vegetable seeds companies see huge promotions boost

    23 November 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityWhen I visited the Demo Farm site for participants in the Mindanao Vegetable Derby in Barangay Miarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon yesterday, I met four technicians of East West Seeds s...
  • MinDA to provinces, towns: “Set up corn storage silos”

    19 November 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityTomorrow, Nov. 19, I will present in the Philippine Corn Congresss the Mindanao Corn Industry Development Program which will spell out the need for the region's local government ...
  • Lifelong dream: Ube farmers pension fund set up by Braveheart Farms

    19 November 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityMindanao's Ube farmers who will be chosen to supply the raw materials for the production of the Mindanao Ube Jam will be the first beneficiaries in the piloting of a Farmers' Pen...
  • DA, PhilRice supervised: Four Samar towns identified as model rice farm areas

    19 November 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe "Southern Swing," a strategy adopted by the Department of Agriculture which involves the opening and development of potential agricultural areas in impoverished provinces, st...
  • Come hell or high water: MinDA Tienda Sa Cordillera opens today in Baguio City

    19 November 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe MinDA Tienda sa Cordillera opens in November 14 in Baguio City even when the team from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and some perishable goods are still stuck i...
  • Wholistic approach: MinDA starts master plan for water supply, floods

    13 November 2020
    Photo courtesy of NDBC by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will assist in convening the Mindanao River Basin Council (MRBC) on Nov. 27 to address the perennial problem of ...
  • Complete Value Chain: Ube jam with wild honey, Mindanao's unique product

    13 November 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityMindanao's Purple Yam or Ube, grated and flavored with honey from the forests and milk from well-fed goats, will soon be in the market as "Mindanao Ube Jam.”Braveheart Farms &am...
  • Environmental Farming: Avocado growing pushed for Mindanao highlands

    06 November 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is introducing the Environmental Farming Program which will promote the planting of fruit trees, especially the high-value Hass Avocad...
  • Teaser: #MakeItHappeninthePhilippines Investment Platform

    06 November 2020
    Launching in November 2020, leading the post-COVID-19 economic recovery, to showcase the Philippines as an ideal investment destination and the Filipinos' Make It Happen mindset! Together, let's make it happen. Tune in to https://philippines.busine...
  • MinDA mourns the passing of Director Reyzaldy B. Tan

    22 October 2020
      The MinDA family mourns the demise of Director Reyzaldy B. Tan. “RBT” as he is fondly called in MinDA, served as the agency’s Director for Planning, Policy, and Project Development Office. He took the lead in crafting strategic plans and p...
  • Mindanao's Model: Town builds grains silos to protect corn farmers

    19 October 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe corn-producing town of Baungon, Bukidnon will soon serve as a model for other agricultural communities in Mindanao, even in the Philippines, on how to use its own resources ...
  • Self-reliance, Empowering Farmers, LGUs: The Bukidnon Experiment

    19 October 2020
    Photo from Wikimedia Commons by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
 Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) returns to Baungon, Bukidnon tomorrow to start a program which could liberate corn farmers from the expl...
  • Balik Probinsya: Zambo Norte model village rises in forests of Kalawit

    12 October 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe second model of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Resettlement Area in Mindanao will soon rise in the middle of a forested area in the young town of Kalawit, Zamboanga del...
  • At long last: DBP establishes three ATM units in two “unbanked” Lanao towns

    09 October 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority Cassava farmers in at least four Lanao del Sur towns soon will no longer have to travel for two hours to reach either the city of Pagadian or Cotabato to encash checks paid to...
  • Beacon of hope: Taraka bids out solar-powered irrigation, water supply projects

    09 October 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityTaraka, a poor town by the shores of Lake Lanao, is living up to expectations as the model town for self-reliant rural development in Lanao del Sur with the conduct of a public ...
  • From across the seas: Fil-Am supermarket chain eyes MinDA “tribal” produce

    06 October 2020
    Photo courtesy of: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mulmatsherm/ by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority A California-based Fil-Am Supermarket chain has signified support for the “Adopt-a-Tribal Family” Program of the ...
  • In PRRD’s last two years: Mindanao leaders speak up, “What else needs to be done?”

    25 September 2020
    Photo from Presidential Communications Operations Office by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityWith less than two years before the first Philippine President from Mindanao bows out of office, the Mindanao Developme...
  • After a 40-hour land trip: Mayor Isko meets MinDA for 2020 Tienda in Manila

    22 September 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityAfter a 40-hour land trip from Davao to Manila, I will head a team from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) for an early morning meeting today with Manila Mayor Francisco...
  • Regulate, Limit Importation: Profitable agriculture creates millions of jobs

    22 September 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe immediate economic recovery of Mindanao hinges mainly on profitable agriculture and fisheries.With thousands of Overseas Workers coming home and millions of employees of sma...
  • Korean War Heroes Count Off: Meet Lt. Marcelo Ortigoza, Sr., living warrior hero of M’lang

    17 September 2020
    (Photos courtesy of: Mr. Gabriel Ortigoza) by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityAs the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) honors young Filipino soldiers who fought in the Korean War 70 Years Ago, the first to co...
  • MinDA calls electric coops to meet Sept. 17 in Kidapawan

    14 September 2020
    KIDAPAWAN CITY - The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has called the heads of all Mindanao electric cooperatives to a forum in Kidapawan City Sept. 17 to discuss the energy situation in the island.The planned assembly would either be held via...
  • Mindanao Poultry, Livestock: Agusan Norte sets 5,000-has. for sorghum growing program

    14 September 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityButuan City - The province of Agusan del Norte has joined the Mindanao Sorghum Development Program initiated by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) with a committed produ...
  • For transparency: A call for public debate on coconut export ban

    14 September 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityGovernment is not infallible and it may commit the mistake of formulating well-intentioned but flawed policies which instead of promoting the welfare and well-being of the gover...
  • Farm Gate Prices Down to P11/kilo: Mindanao leaders ask Congress to review massive rice importation

    10 September 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol
Chairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityDavao City - Mindanao leaders, including the Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Congressmen and Governors, yesterday called on the co...
  • Beauty & Bounty of Mindanao: Exploring two islands in one day, an educating sea journey

    02 September 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityYesterday, I took a long sea journey to visit two islands in Mindanao which I have never been to in my whole life - a small island south of Pitogo town, Zamboanga del Sur and a larg...
  • Bounty of Olutanga Island: Blue Crabs, Wild Prawns, Squid, Sea Urchin Dinner in Olutanga

    02 September 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority Olutanga, Zamboanga Sibugay - After a 3-hour ride in two fast but open pumpboats under the midday sun, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) team reached Olutanga Island at a...
  • Beauty & Bounty of Mindanao: Agusan Norte farmers process squash to tasty pancit canton

    02 September 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityCabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte - Farmers of this fertile valley in the Eastern Part of Mindanao have started processing their excess squash production into a high value product, ...
  • Beauty & Bounty of Mindanao: MinDA “Fish Centers” program to double aqua yield by 2025

    01 September 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityWith a coastline length of 36,289 kilometers, the 5th longest in the world, and surrounded by seas and ocean, it is unthinkable that the Philippines still imports fish from countrie...
  • Discovering new opportunities: Two Agusan governors join MinDA sorghum program

    01 September 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthoritySorghum Demonstration Farms will be established in two more Mindanao provinces next month as the Mindanao Development Authority's (MinDA) Sorghum Development Program goes full swing...
  • Davao Or. Fisheries Summit: Province with 589 km. coastline aims to be fisheries powerhouse

    28 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority Mati City - Davao Oriental, a province whose peninsular land mass has the longest coastline of 589-kilometers, wants to be a Fisheries Powerhouse over the next 5 years.Governor Ne...
  • Mindanao Sorghum Program: Sorghum pilot farm projects earnings of PhP120,000 per hectare

    27 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority The harvest in the Sorghum Pilot Farm in New Esperanza, Mlang, Cotabato using the donated seeds from Scott Seed Company of Hereford, Texas yielded outstanding results with farmers...
  • Texas Sorghum Seeds: Sorghum pilot farm first harvest on August 24

    25 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe first Pilot Farm for the Sorghum seeds donated by a Texas-based Scott Seeds Company to Mindanao farmers will be harvested tomorrow, Aug. 24.The harvest comes 5 months after the ...
  • Potential dollar-earner: Rough-skin Hass Avocado is Mindanao’s new export crop

    25 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority Avocado, a 9,000-year-old fruit tree variety which originated from South America, looms as Mindanao’s newest potential dollar-earner.In fact, Dole Philippines which introduced the...
  • Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte readies 200-hectare plantation area

    20 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityIpil, Zamboanga Sibugay - The municipality of Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte has earmarked a 200-hectare plantation area for the first 200 families coming home from Metro Manila under...
  • Supporting Peace Efforts: P280-M loan fund sought for LDS cassava farmers

    18 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityMalabang, Lanao del Sur - The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will present to the its funding partner, the Development Bank of the Philippines, a P280-M loan program to finan...
  • Instant effect: 3-Day MinDA Tienda pushes up veggie price from P2 to P15/kilo

    18 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityFrom P2 per kilo last week, the buying price for Chinese Cabbage from Bukidnon vegetable farmers jumped to as high as P15 to P16 this weekend as the 3-Day MinDA Tienda held in Kidap...
  • MinDA Tienda sa Kidapawan: Farmers Bring In Fresh Harvest

    18 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityVegetable farmers from Talakag and Lantapan, Bukidnon are coming to Kidapawan today to bring fresh stocks of Lettuce as buyers virtually cleaned the table during the first day of th...
  • Orders overwhelm farmers: MinDA provides PhP 200,000 for tools, work tables

    12 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityA P200,000 financial assistance was allocated last night by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) from its meager funds to support a group of Cotabato farmers who produce the B...
  • Jobs, productivity, recovery: MinDA eyes agriculture, aqua to boost Mindanao economy

    09 August 2020
    The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will focus its efforts on the region's agriculture and fisheries sectors over the next five years as it aims to trigger immediate recovery following the economic slowdown because of the COVID 19 Pandemic.P...
  • Go local & natural: No face shield supply? Try bamboo faceshield

    09 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityA young agricultural engineer from Cotabato Province is collaborating with local bamboo farmers to produce face shields using thinly stripped bamboo slats as the frame.The group cam...
  • Complete Value Chain: Processing, Marketing Access empower Mindanao farmers

    09 August 2020
    Photo from the Office of the Vice Mayor, M'lang, North Cotabato by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityEarly today, the first Chiller and Cold Storage for Poultry and Livestock Products in North Cotabato was commissioned ...
  • Going Natural: Wild Mountain Shrub Eyed for Organic Farms

    09 August 2020
      by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityMiarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon - A wild shrub which grows only in the uplands of this town will soon be tested as a natural insect and pest control repellant in the vegetable gro...
  • Rise Mindanao: Philippine natural rubber for medical gloves, tires

    06 August 2020
    Public domain photo downloaded from pexels.com by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority The production of medical gloves and motorcycle tires using natural rubber produced by farmers in Mindanao will be among the commodit...
  • Improving product quality: Mindanao vegetable derby starts in Bukidnon August

    04 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority The ground preparation for the first-ever Mindanao Vegetable Derby starts next week as seed companies in partnership with local farmers display modern technology and quality seeds...
  • Rural Water Supply Model: Cebu City councilor eyes to replicate MinDA Water

    04 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority Kidapawan City - The Mindanao Development Authority's Rural Water Supply Program is making waves generating curiousity from local government leaders outside of Mindanao.Cebu City ...
  • Mindanao economic recovery: Help poor coconut farmers, thrash ridiculous export ban

    02 August 2020
    Photo courtesy of inquirer.net by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityWhile I am part of government, there are some policies which my simple mind could not understand and one of these is the ban on the export of mature co...
  • Back to nature: Vegetable farmers grow insect-repelling plants

    02 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority Miarayon, Talakag, Bukdinon - In my previous visits to the vegetable growing region of IMTASULA in the uplands of Bukdinon, native Talaandig farmers pointed out to me a wild shrub...
  • MinDA Water Program: Ram pump expert meets Talakag veggie farmers

    02 August 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityMiarayon, Bukidnon - The Mindanao Development Authority’s program to provide upland areas with water for irrgation and drinking received a boost today with the arrival in Bukidnon o...
  • Powering Mindanao economy: Texas sorghum producers vow support for MinDA farmers

    30 July 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityAs the initial Sorghum seeds donated by a Texas seed production company to the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) show promising results in field trials, Mindanao farmers could ...
  • Addressing age-old problem: Grains storage silos a step in liberating corn farmers

    27 July 2020
    Photo downloaded from Pikist.com by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe biggest problem of Mindanao's corn farmers has always been the instability of the buying price which drastically drops at peak harvest season and...
  • Added financial burden: MinDA asks IATF to suspend motorcycle barrier rule

    27 July 2020
    Photo from Mindanews by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityActing on the appeal of poor families in Mindanao who depend on motorcycles for their livelihood, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) yesterday asked the ...
  • Bounty of Mindanao Seas: Ice makers, cold storage eyed for fishing grounds

    23 July 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityIce-making machinery, blast freezers, cold storages and fish processing facilities will soon be established in Mindanao coastal areas and islands with rich fishing grounds to boost ...
  • Rise Mindanao: MinDA, DA, Bukidnon LGUs launch vegetable derby


    23 July 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the local governments of Bukidnon Province and four municipalities, with the support of the Department of Agriculture in Northern Mind...
  • Let's see who's best: Eastwest, Syngenta, Allied join Bukidnon veggie derby

    20 July 2020
    Photo downloaded from public domain website by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThree known seed companies and a small family farm from Davao City are the first entrants to the first-ever Mindanao Vegetable Derby to be...
  • Hope at last: Modern grains silos for MinDA corn farmers

    19 July 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityIn my last visit to Bukidnon last week, Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri warned that corn farmers in the province could suffer from very low buying prices as the province expects bumper har...
  • MinDA priorities: Poverty in farming, fisheries focus of €35.5-M 'RISE' funds

    19 July 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityProjects which will address poverty, increase productivity and immediately restart the Mindanao economy will get the bulk of the P2.1-B European Union Fund Grant which the Mindanao ...
  • Market goes to farms: Bukidnon organic farmers earn PhP25/kilo from black, red rice

    17 July 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority Valencia City, Bukidnon - The Mindanao Organic Rice Program took one big step forward with the start of the farm procurement of Organic Black, Brown and Red Rice in Bukidnon yeste...
  • Actual Field Demonstration: Vegetable derby set for August in Bukidnon

    17 July 2020
    Photo courtesy of Department of Agriculture Information Office by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityIn a program aimed at improving the quality of vegetables and productivity of farmers in the 50,000-hectare vegetable a...
  • Value-adding: Zambo Sur seeks MinDA's help for dried fish, aqua sectors

    16 July 2020
    Photo courtesy of Mindanews by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority Pagadian City - The popular "Pagadian Bulad" or Pagadian Dried Fish will soon be sold in neat vacuum-packs complete with traceability labels as the Zamb...
  • Journey Continues: Lanao Norte coastal town eyed for fish cage farming

    14 July 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthoritySultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte - On the first leg of a 5-province journey which started Monday, July 13, I dropped by this coastal town, popularly known as SND, to check on i...
  • MinDA pushes for 35.5M-EU funded efforts for Mindanao

    13 July 2020
    KIDAPAWAN CITY – MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is pushing for an integrated planning and implementation of European Union (EU) - funded Mindanao Peace and Development Program (MinPAD) – RISE Mindanao in a recently held Integrated Work and Financi...
  • MinDA calls anew for lifting ban on mature coconut exports

    13 July 2020
    Photo from Wikimedia Commons DAVAO CITY – Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is asking President Rodrigo Duterte to lift the Marcos-era ban on the export of mature coconuts and issue a special permit to Mindanao.“We are...
  • AIDFI Ram Pumps for Mindanao: Negros trip rediscovers 240-year old technology

    13 July 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityOn Thursday, July 16, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will present to Bukidnon Governor Jose Zubiri the initial inputs of a Master Plan to transform four towns of the pro...
  • Drone technology: MinDA completes geo-mapping of Bukidnon vegetable areas

    13 July 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityThe Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has completed the Geo-Mapping of the vegetable production areas in the four upland towns of Bukidnon, the first step in the crafting of a ...
  • MinDA supports learning tour of Zamboangeneos in Cotabato, Davao Sur towns

    11 July 2020
    LEARNING TOUR. A group of farmers from Zamboanga del Norte, accompanied by officials of the provincial government, started a two-day learning tour to several farms in Cotabato and Davao del Sur which started Thursday (July 9). The said tour is part o...
  • Beauty and Bounty of Mindanao: Lakeside town looms as model for LGU self-reliance in BARMM

    10 July 2020
    Taraka, Lanao del Sur. Photo by MinDA.   by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority Taraka, Lanao del Sur - This quaint old town by the side of the vast Lake Lanao could soon become a model for Rural Development in th...
  • Taraka Rising: Lanao del Sur’s oldest, poorest town builds own irrigation, water supply

    10 July 2020
    Taraka, Lanao del Sur. Photo by MinDA. by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityOne of the oldest and poorest towns in Lanao del Sur has taken a giant stride to address the needs of its people by availing of a P218-M loan f...
  • MinDA welcomes new ASec

    09 July 2020
    MinDA Asec. Cherrylyn Santos Akbar DAVAO CITY – The Office of the President appointed recently former Mayor of Isabela City, Basilan Cherrylyn Santos Akbar as Assistant Secretary, and detailed her at Mindanao Development Authority.Following her...
  • LGU alliance for development eyed

    09 July 2020
    MinDA conducts geo-tagging and aerial mapping in Bukidnon to identify potential areas for vegetable and high-value crop production to help communities recover from the economic effects of the global pandemic. Photo by MinDA. DAVAO CITY – MinDA Secre...
  • MinDA sees self-reliance as key to COVID-19 recovery in Mindanao

    09 July 2020
    MinDA Chairman Secretary Emmanuel Piñol emphasizes local government units should tap into their individual coping mechanisms and maximize resources under the new normal setup during a meeting with other MinDA officials in Davao City. Photo by Mi...
  • Tweaking Development Priorities: Mindanao could feed the whole country if…

    07 July 2020
    by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development AuthorityWhen I was Governor of North Cotabato, I invited then Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman to visit the Capital City of Kidapawan after a conference in Davao City.Instead of takin...
  • Support for organic farming: Davao City company buys Mindanao organic rice

    06 July 2020
    One week after their first meeting in my farm, officers of a Davao City-based company and an organic rice farmers cooperative signed an agreement ensuring farmers of a ready market and a fair price for their produce.Don Bosco Multi-Purpose Cooperat...
  • Traditional Herbal Remedies Hidden in Mindanao Forests: Wonders of Nature

    04 July 2020
    "Flora Anaesthesia" is used as a natural remedy for toothaches by the Higaonon tribe in Lanao del Sur, Mindanao. Photo by MinDA.   by Secretary Emmanuel PiñolChairman, Mindanao Development Authority On the way to the Limunsudan Falls which I ...
  • DBP grants P218-M loan for solar water projects in Taraka, Lanao del Sur

    01 July 2020
    Taraka, Lanao del Sur - This poor town beside the vast Lake Lanao will soon build six solar-powered irrigation projects for its rice farmers and a huge potable water system for its residents.The projects will be funded with a P218-M development loa...
  • Majestic Limunsudan Falls - Tribe Asks Pres. Duterte: “Protect Our Sacred Place”

    28 June 2020
    Mindanao's Higaonon tribesmen are appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte to help them protect and preserve the hidden giant waterfalls in the boundaries of Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte saying it is a sacred place for them.The Limunsu...
  • Let's Bring Back "Bayanihan": Little Boy Blue Moves Earth, Lifts Poor Farmers' Spirits

    26 June 2020
    There is a sad reality that all of us must learn to accept: COVID 19 has paralyzed our economy and almost emptied our coffers to the point that between now and the next two years, we cannot and should not expect much from our government.As a people...
  • Government 'No Backride' Policy Snags Economic Recovery in Mindanao

    21 June 2020
    Photo downloaded from public domain website. Credits to the owner. As Chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority, I will officially transmit to the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID 19 today a communication requesting that Mindanao be exempted fr...
  • Food Supply Positioning System: Need Anything from Mindanao or You Have Something to Sell?

    18 June 2020
    A variety of shrimp and other produce are sold online through MinDATienda. The project aims to link producers and buyers within Mindanao and in other potential markets in the country. Photo by MinDA. To help our farmers and fishermen recover from th...
  • MinDA-assisted projects poured in Lanao Sur town

    18 June 2020
    Residents from Taraka, Lanao del Sur relying on the water from Taraka River for their daily necessities. Photo by MinDA. DAVAO CITY – Apart from the solar-powered water system project assisted by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) to the tow...
  • Private firms support 'Balik' Program, offers job

    18 June 2020
    Ongoing construction work for a model resettlement area in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte under the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program.(Screengrabbed from Kauswagan Information Office Facebook Page) KIDAPAWAN CITY - An agricultural trading company ...
  • Region 9 line agencies commit to support Zambo’s Balik Probinsiya implementation

    04 June 2020
    DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte – Various regional line agencies in Region 9 committed their full support to the “Balik Probinsiya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program”, proposed by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go and supported by President Rodrigo Dute...
  • Zambo Norte town awaits “Balik Probinsiya” settlers

    04 June 2020
    DAVAO CITY – The local government of Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first 200 families who will resettle in the said town, an official said Friday.Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol...
  • Lanao Norte eyes more sites for “Balik Probinsiya”

    04 June 2020
    DAVAO CITY – Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Q. Dimaporo committed full support to the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa Program (BP2) Program and offered more resettlement areas for her province’s returning informal urban settlers, an official said W...
  • MinDA completes ‘Balik Probinsiya’ consultations

    04 June 2020
    DAVAO CITY - The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), a member of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program, has completed a series of consultations with local government units (LGUs) and regional directors of line agencies for the imple...
  • Kauswagan LGU, MinDA push for complete value chain rural settlement site

    04 June 2020
    (Photo from Mayor Rommel Arnado's official Facebook page) Lanao del Norte - Mayor Rommel Arnado of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte describes the pilot Rural Resettlement of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Rural Resettlement Project as having a comp...
  • Balik Probinsiya pursues rural development

    04 June 2020
    (Balik Probinsya Organic Recycling Model courtesy of Joey Remicilla, Kidapawan City Tourism Office) DAVAO CITY – Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Saturday (May 16) that the "Balik Probinsya " program pushed by the Duterte Administration, through the i...
  • MinDA forms special team to help poor access gov’t funds

    04 June 2020
    DAVAO CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) creates a special team to help people access available financing or grants from the government.In a Facebook post Wednesday, Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the initiative is part of MinDA's pr...
  • MinDA proposes Kibbutz-type rural resettlement model

    04 June 2020
    DAVAO CITY - The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has proposed the establishment of an Israeli Kibbutz-type Rural Resettlement Community for the returning urban informal settlers under the "Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program" (BPBPP) of ...
  • 3 Mindanao towns adopt Balik Probinsiya Program

    04 June 2020
    (Agri-Industrial Complex Model courtesy of Joey Recimilla, City Tourism Officer, Kidapawan) DAVAO CITY – Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol confirmed on Friday that three towns in Mindanao vowed to join the Balik P...
  • Zambo Norte to establish first Balik Probinsya resettlement area

    04 June 2020
    (Photo courtesy of Provincial Infomation Center - Zamboanga del Norte Facebook Page) DAVAO CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) confirmed on Wednesday, that the Province of Zamboanga del Norte has agreed to establish the first Rural Res...
  • Cotabato eyes 54k hectares for rice production

    04 June 2020
    DAVAO CITY - The Quick Turn-Around (QTA) Plan for Rice Production in North Cotabato was officially launched on Thursday, targeting at least 54,000 hectares for off-season planting and ratooning.Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the Cotabato QTA Task F...
  • MinDA launches food supply strategy in NoCot

    04 June 2020
    DAVAO CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) officially launched the Self-Sustaining Food Supply Strategy (SSFSS) in North Cotabato, an official said Wednesday.Secretary Emmanuel Piñol in his Facebook post on Wednesday, said SSFSS will r...
  • MinDA crafts plan to address rice shortage

    04 June 2020
    DAVAO CITY - The Province of North Cotabato and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will launch a program dubbed as "Quick Turn-Around" Plan for Rice Production next week.Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that the coordination meeting on Monday,...
  • MinDA opens COVID-19 Hotlines

    19 March 2020
    In compliance with the President's directive to all government agencies and LGUs to render full assistance and cooperation to mobilize necessary resources to undertake critical, urgent, and appropriate responses against COVID-19, MinDA is setting u...
  • MinDA inks partnership with academe, private sector for livelihood programs

    20 February 2020
    BUILDING NEW HOPE. MinDA Chairman Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol, together with Maramag Mayor Jose Joel Doromal, CMU President Dr. Jose Antonio Derije and iFresh Operations and Finance Controller Ms. Noelyn Quimque, leads the ceremonial groundbre...
  • MinDA marks tenth year

    20 February 2020
    Davao City – With the theme, Breaking New Grounds, Working for Progress, Partnering for Peace, and Fighting Poverty; the Mindanao Development Authority celebrates its tenth year anniversary by recognizing its outstanding employees through a ceremon...
  • Davao Norte to start sorghum farming

    20 February 2020
    SEED OF LIFE. The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) receives 11,200 kilograms of sorghum seeds from Scott Seed, a Texas-based seed production company, in Davao port today. Sorghum, a grains crop with high protein, is expected to boost the livest...
  • Duterte tasks MinDA to lead Jolo rebuilding

    20 February 2020
    Photo courtesy of Sultan Kiram Davao City - President Rody Duterte has directed the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) to tap "all government agencies" and lead the effort to rebuild the lives of over 1,500 Tausug families whose homes were razed...
  • MinDA to form IMAG for Jolo’s recovery

    20 February 2020
    ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION. MinDA Secretary Pinol and Sulu Governor Abdursakur Tan (in white polo) discussing immediate and long-term intervention programs to assist the more than 2,000 affected families in a visit at Brgy. Takut-Takut, Jolo, Sulu T...
  • MinDA starts rural development program in Lanao del Sur town

    20 February 2020
    Davao City – Mindanao Development Authority starts today (Feb 4) the livelihood and training in the town of Taraka, Lanao del Sur following the announcement that the town was chosen to be the model for rural development.“The livelihood and capabili...
  • Seized illegal lumber for Jolo fire victims

    20 February 2020
    Davao City - The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will receive from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) confiscated illegally-cut forest products to be used in rebuilding 1,500 houses in Jolo which were burned February ...
  • Time For A Responsive Governance: Piñol

    20 February 2020
    GOVERNMENT IN ACTION. MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol (center), DENR Undersecretary Jim Sampulna (left), and Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas (right) shakes hand during the Signing Ceremony of Forest Product Donations to Earthquake-Affected Munici...
  • Consul General promotes trade in Mindanao, VIP Tour 2020 | ‘VIPinoys should do business in MindaNOW!’

    21 January 2020
    MinDA featured in the January 10-16, 2020 issue of the US Asian Post . Story by Lydia Solis. LOS ANGELES - Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz appealed to the FilAm community to promote and patronize agricultural products from Mindanao ...
  • Fil-Am groups welcome Mindanao Farmers products in US market

    20 January 2020
    BAYANIHAN FOR MINDANAO PRODUCTS. MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol (2nd from R) meets the representatives of Davao Association USA (DAUSA) and Filipino-American Communities of Los Angeles (FACLA) to discuss potential marketing of Mindanao agri-product...
  • MinDA to ship Halal food during Zambo-KK maiden flight

    20 January 2020
    Davao City – Following the announcement of the Philippine Airlines of opening the Zamboanga – Kota Kinabalu air route on March 2020, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will ship halal products during the inaugural flight.Mindanao Developmen...
  • MinDA promotes propagation of Moringa seeds to Lanao Norte town

    20 January 2020
    DAVAO CITY - Mindanao Development Chairman (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol gave packets of Moringa seeds to Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte Mayor Rommel Arnado on Wednesday (January 15), for propagation in his town. As part of the advocacy of MinDA, t...
  • PAL to revive Zamboanga – Kota Kinabalu air route, to start 31 March

    20 January 2020
    Photo from: http://asean.travel/2020/01/06/zamboanga-a-new-domestic-hub-for-philippine-airlines/ Davao City, PH – Travellers, businessmen, and locales of Zamboanga City in Western Mindanao and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia can now explore each othe...
  • MinDA livelihood opportunities for BARMM

    20 January 2020
    Livelihood for the Bangsamoros. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman, Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol presents the egg and poultry production, one of the livelihood options that MinDA will be introducing to the province of Lanao del Sur starti...
  • MinDA preps program for repatriated OFWs

    09 January 2020
    Livelihood support for the OFWs. MinDA Staff in a briefing with Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, Monday, January 6, outline the possible livelihood options that the returning OFWs can choose from following the brewing crisis in the Middle East. DAVAO ...
  • M'lang Airport must be operational: PRRD

    02 January 2020
    SOON OPERATIONAL. The 1.8-kilometer runway of the M’lang Airport is primarily for transport of agricultural products from Central Mindanao to bigger markets outside the region, but it can also accommodate passenger load because it also has the commer...
  • Piñol meets with Sabah Chief Minister to discuss economic cooperation

    18 December 2019
    DAVAO CITY, PH - MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Pinol as the Philippines Signing Minister for BIMP-EAGA meets with Sabah Chief Minister YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd. Shafie bin Haji Apdal on 22 November 2019 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia."The main purp...
  • MinDA to start livelihood and training in conflict, poorest areas

    18 December 2019
    Livelihood Opportunities to Rural Communities. Cattle-fattening technology will be shared by Arnel Corpuz, who owns Adelaide Farm in Polomolok, South Cotabato. Mr Corpuz will join Secretary Piñol in series of lectures in the island provinces of Sul...
  • MinDA to set up poultry, hog farms in quake-stricken areas

    18 December 2019
    MinDA Chairman Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol meets with officials from Charoen Phokpand Foods (CPF) to discuss initiatives that can provide livelihood opportunities for quake-stricken areas in Mindanao. DAVAO CITY - The Mindanao Devel...
  • MinDA ties up with NGO for more projects in Mindanao

    18 December 2019
    DAVAO CITY – Plan International, a non-government organization implementing the USAID-funded Marawi Rehabilitation Program, in coordination with Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will soon introduce micro-enterprise and livelihood projects in ...
  • Gov’t agencies braces for El Niño, launch solar water project

    18 December 2019
    Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol meets with Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) officials on Tuesday (November 12) to address the need for sustainable water to the remote villages in Mindanao. DAVAO CITY – Vari...
  • Gov’t agencies to launch drinking, irrigation water program in Mindanao

    18 December 2019
    Partnerships for Mindanao Water. MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol discusses with Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año the solar-powered irrigation system program that will provide water for drinking and for agricultural purposes in vil...
  • 2ND MinDA Tienda set in Davao del Sur

    18 December 2019
    DAVAO CITY – Initially launched in Makilala, North Cotabato on November 6, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) in partnership with the local government units (LGU) of Davao del Sur and local Chambers of Commerce in Davao Region will stage a ...
  • Piñol urges banana farmers to consider sorghum farming

    11 November 2019
    ALTERNATIVE LIVELIHOOD FOR BANANA FARMERS. MinDA Chairman Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol calls on banana farmers from Davao del Norte to look into sorghum farming as an alternative source of livelihood while the banana industry takes its toll from ...
  • MinSuPala Games opens in April 2020 in Davao

    11 November 2019
    MINDANAO SPORTS. MinDA Chairman Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol emphasizes that the proposed MINSUPALA Games will highlight indigenous sports talents in various sporting events in Mindanao and Palawan. DAVAO CITY – MinDA partners with Philippine Sp...
  • MinDA in partnership with DILG, DBP and Mindanao LGUs to launch water program on Nov 22

    11 November 2019
    WATER IN EVERY BARANGAY IN MINDANAO AND PALAWAN. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año listens intently as MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol explains the establishment of the Solar-Powered Water Supply and Desalination Facilities in remote villages in Mindanao and...
  • MinDA sets up Disaster Command Center, database in Kidapawan

    11 November 2019
    LANDSLIDE. MinDA gathers data using drones to determine the extent of damage to the communities which was struck by the recent series of earthquakes. Some pose eminent danger of landslide. (Manny Piñol Photo) KIDAPAWAN CITY – The Mindanao Developm...
  • MinDA intervenes to resolve TADECO, LGU- Davao del Norte rift

    11 November 2019
    MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol steps in to diffuse the tension between TADECO and the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte due to the planned demolition of the provincial government of the biosecurity facilities of the banana farm as part of the ...
  • MinDA forms earthquake task group to hasten rehab and repair works

    11 November 2019
    FASTER REHABILITATION. The JCX Convention Center in Kidapawan City serves as the central command center of the Mindanao Development Authority in response to the series of earthquakes in Mindanao.The MinDA CCC will mainly collect data using drones and...
  • MinDA to visit Mindanao eastern seaboard

    11 November 2019
    MinDA Chairman Secretary Emmanuel Piñol meets with Mayor Nestor Uy of the Municipality of Tarragona to discuss initiatives that can address the socioeconomic needs in the eastern seaboard of Mindanao. DAVAO CITY – MinDA Secretary Emmanue...
  • MinDA to launch Green Mindanao project

    11 November 2019
    PARTNERSHIP FOR GREEN MINDANAO. MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol undescores the need to bring back trees to deforested mountains through the tree and bamboo farming in the vast tribal communities generating income for the indigenous communities. Gov....
  • MinDA to lead business mission in Manado

    11 November 2019
    SUSTAINABLE TRADE IN EAGA. MinDA Chairman Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol leads a delegation comprised of representatives from government agencies and the private sector that will explore potential business opportunities and other ventures in Sula...
  • MinDA partners with DavNor for the development of Agri-Fisheries Masterplan

    11 November 2019
    MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol (center) gestures in a meeting with Gov. Edwin Jubahib as he explains the proposal of crafting an Agricultural and Fisheries Master Plan for the Province of Davao del Norte.  Davao City – With the continuing Fus...
  • Papua New Guinea officials inspect rice farms, rice mills

    30 September 2019
    Inspection Mission. Papua New Guinea’s Central Province Governor Robert Agarobe and his colleagues inspect farms and rice processing facilities in Davao and North Cotabato following the forging of agreement for export of premium rice to PNG at P60 to...
  • MinDA, Baguio LGU Ink Deal to Sustain Fruit Festival

    27 September 2019
    Sustainable Fruit Market. MinDA Secretary Piñol formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Baguio City Mayor Magalong which opened access for Mindanao fruit farmers to Cordillera markets as well as allow exchange for their products ...
  • Revival of Davao-Manado route boosts Mindanao as gateway in ASEAN

    26 September 2019
    DAVAO CITY, PH - The revival of the air service connecting Davao and Manado is seen to further boost investment and tourism activities between Mindanao and North Sulawesi, Indonesia.The Davao-Manado route, which will be serviced by the Indonesian Car...
  • MinDA, Private Sector to Host Adlai, Organic Rice Forum

    20 September 2019
    MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol during a visit in Seedworks Philippines demo farms in Digos, Davao del Sur and Mlang, North Cotabato that grow hybrid rice varieties with outstanding eating quality (Photo credit: facebook.com/MannyPiñol)Davao City - Th...
  • MinDA To Promote Treasures, Beauty of Tawi-Tawi Province

    18 September 2019
    MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol together with Provincial Governor Yshmael “Mang” Sali made a quick visit to Bongao Public Market during a visit to Tawi-Tawi Province, September 17. This is the first visit of Secretary Piñol as MinDA Chairman to Tawi-T...
  • Local executives urged to issue EO banning hogs import, swill feeding: MinDA Chief Piñol

    18 September 2019
    DAVAO CITY – Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Emmanuel Piñol calls on local governments to issue executive order prohibiting entry of pork and swill feeding in their respective areas.Following series of consultations with stakeholders of the ...
  • First Mindanao Hogs Raisers Forum

    18 September 2019
    Davao City – In response to the concerns of various hog raisers on livestock production, including the African Swine Fever (ASF), the Mindanao Development Authority will spearhead the first Mindanao Hog Raisers Forum at Grand Men Seng Hotel, Septembe...
  • Agri as Mindanao’s key to globalization participation: MinDA Chief Piñol

    12 September 2019
    General Santos City – Aiming to ensure Mindanao’s productive participation in the new globalization era, Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Emmanuel  Piñol highlights the need to capacitate stakeholders, particularly those in the agricul...
  • LGUs key partners for reducing poverty in Mindanao: MinDA

    05 September 2019
    With poverty reduction as one of the priorities of the Mindanao Development Authority, under the new leadership of Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, the agency is set to tap the local government units as key partners in poverty alleviation initiatives of t...
  • Piñol pushes for more RE devt to support Mindanao growth

    05 September 2019
    Mindanao needs to increase its power supply to keep up with the possible influx of investments in the island-region, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol said. During his assumption of office last August 19, P...
  • MinDA Chief calls for Mindanao-wide hog-raisers forum

    05 September 2019
    Davao City –Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced today the conduct of Mindanao Hog-Raisers Forum this month to map out steps to prevent entry of hog-disease to Mindanao.The holding of Mindanao-wide forum was proposed by...
  • MinDA spearheads trade mission to Papua New Guinea

    04 September 2019
    DAVAO CITY – Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is gearing up for a Mindanao trade and business mission to Papua New Guinea slated on September 3-5.  This emerged following a recent meeting of MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol with Papua New...
  • MinDA to actively pursue partnerships for peace

    04 September 2019
    DAVAO CITY – Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Emmanuel Piñol commits to take on partnerships and initiatives geared towards bringing and sustaining peace in Mindanao, with the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) early this year...
  • Festival of Mindanao Fruits in Baguio

    04 September 2019
    Davao City – Mindanao, the land of abundant fruits will share its harvest to the people of Baguio this weekend.  As a priority project of Sec. Emmanuel Piñol as chairman of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) to improve productivity and red...
  • Solar-powered water supply system, desalination plants to remote Mindanao, Palawan villages

    03 September 2019
    MinDA Secretary in a meeting with the LR Group explains the Mindanao Rural Water Supply Program (MinDAWater Program), in partnership with Department of Interior and Local Government, aims to provide drinking water to remote and water-less villages an...
  • MinDA seeks to expand markets of Mindanao fruits

    03 September 2019
    Buoyed by the success of the recent MinDA Fruits Festival in Baguio City, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is firming up ties with airlines for sustained shipment of Mindanao fruits to other key cities in Visayas and Luzon.In a meeting wi...
  • Statement of Chairman Nathaniel Dalumpines on the upcoming 4th State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte

    09 August 2019
    As the President is set to deliver his 4th State of the Nation Addess (SONA) on Monday, we expect Mindanao, where so much still needs to be done, to get as much focus under this administration.  We are looking forward to hearing directives fr...
  • MinDA, PEZA boosts ties for Mindanao ecozones devt

    09 August 2019
    Buoyed by improving trade and investment climate, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) boost partnership on promoting the development of ecozones across the island-region.The two agencies met this wee...
  • MinDA backs Mindanao-wide farmers gab

    19 July 2019
      Davao City - The Mindanao Development Authority expressed support for the conduct of the first Mindanao Farmers Conference, which gathers today more than 3,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and farmer cooperatives from all regions of...
  • EAGA turns 25: Leaders commemorate sub-region’s progress

    12 July 2019
    Bangkok, Thailand – Leaders of the BIMP-EAGA sub-regional cooperation recognized the key milestones of the economic cooperation during the recently concluded 13th BIMP-EAGA Summit, held in conjunction with the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand...
  • New shipping line ready to ply BIMP-EAGA Sea Route

    12 July 2019
    Davao City – A new player in the BIMP-EAGA sub-regional cooperation shipping service, Reefer Pilipinas Express Line started its trial sail of the Davao–Bitung sea route early this week, signaling the revival of the Mindanao-North Sulawesi route.BIM...
  • Davao Investment Conference 2019

    27 May 2019
    On its 5th year, Davao ICon will showcase investment opportunities in Tourism, Infrastructure and Real Estate, Information and Communication Technology, and Halal Trade and Tourism. The conference aims to encourage investments in Davao Region. It a...
  • Palace appoints OIC for MinDA

    27 May 2019
    Davao City- Malacanang  announced  early this week  the designation of Assistant Secretary, Office of the President,  Nathaniel D. Dalumpines, as the new Officer in Charge (OIC) of  Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), s...
  • Advisory on Paying Tribute to Secretary Datu Abul Khayr D. Alonto

    14 May 2019
    The Mindanao Development Authority family wishes to extend our gratitude for your condolences and prayers for the bereaved family. To all those who wish to condole with Bai Norhata Macatbar Demarunsing Alonto, the wife of "Al Marhum" Secretary...
  • MinDA Statement on the Passing of Secretary Datu Abul Khayr D. Alonto

    14 May 2019
    Mindanao lost a great visionary, leader, and father. Secretary Alonto always envisioned that no one would need to leave their families behind just to find a living. We, in MinDA, will take inspiration from his wisdom and vision as we continue the p...
  • Mindanao tops peak power demand at 2,000 MW

    14 May 2019
    DAVAO CITY - Mindanao’s peak power demand reached an all-time high at 2,013 megawatts on May 08, 2019, a report from the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) revealed. The highest peak demand last year was at 1,853 recorded on December 13.Min...
  • MinDA Joins the Araw ng Kagitingan Celebration of the Province of Bataan

    27 March 2019
    MinDA Joins the Province of Bataan in the celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan and the 2019 Philippine Veterans Week.
  • Lunar New Year Greetings!

    05 February 2019
    The Mindanao Development Authority joins the Chinese-Filipino community in celebrating the Lunar New Year, one of the most revered and festive events in the Philippines.
  • MinDA, UNIDO lead EU-funded renewable energy dev’t in Tawi-tawi

    04 February 2019
    Davao City – Forming part of its power development agenda of promoting renewable energy in Mindanao, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) partners with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to increase electricity acc...
  • New Year Greetings from Secretary Datu Hj. Abul Khayr D. Alonto

    03 January 2019
    As the year 2019 unfolds, it is with an exalted heart that I enjoin on all to view a brighter picture of Mindanao. Let our resusciated and invigorated hope evolve into positive energy that brings inspiration in everything we do at home, at work, and ...
  • Statement of Support of MinDA Chairman Secretary Datu Hj. Abul Khayr D. Alonto to the 2019 Martial Law Extension

    20 December 2018
    Following the granting of the Martial Law extension of the Philippine Congress until the end of 2019, the Mindanao Development Authority joins the broad cross-section of various sectors not only in Mindanao but also in other parts of the country, i...
  • Leeway for private investments eyed to sustain EAGA routes

    20 December 2018
    KUALA BELAIT, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM - A policy package for potential investors is being proposed to ensure that transport linkages within the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) will not be short-lived. M...
  • Clean energy pushed for Marawi rehab

    20 December 2018
    MARAWI CITY - Investments in renewable energy (RE) should be an initiative that the government should look into to complement the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Marawi, a cabinet official said. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman Secreta...
  • Private sector affirms support for Halal development

    20 December 2018
    Manila, Philippines – Banking on the halal industry’s potential for trade and investments, private sector throws in their support for the development of the Philippine Halal Export Industry. During the recently concluded Philippine Halal Forum in ...
  • Picong Freeport and Hajj Airport development gets nod from stakeholders

    20 December 2018
    The proposed establishment of a Picong Freeport, Hajj Terminal and Agro-Industrial Zone (PFAEZ) gets support of key local officials and regional government agencies from Northern Mindanao and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), followi...
  • MinDA, USAID renew partnership for peace and development

    20 December 2018
    The Mindanao Development Authority seals new agreement with the U.S. government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support and fund ongoing peace and development initiatives in Mindanao. Recent sign...
  • All systems go for systemic shift to Federalism in Mindanao – MinDA

    10 September 2018
    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Mindanao Development Authority continues its efforts to pursue a systemic shift to Federalism, as one of the top priority of the Duterte administration. MinDA is currently developing a federal framework founded on econ...
  • From Saving the Turtles to Saving the People: The Emerging Potential of Tawi-Tawi’s Turtle Islands

    10 September 2018
    For most people, May 23 could be an ordinary day, a date off the calendar, or a mid-week dread. But for the almost 4,800 residents of Turtle Islands in Tawi-Tawi, May 23 is a day of celebration.   Adlaw Sin Payukan (roughly translates to “Day...
  • ARMM’s “Tipas”, Coco Sugar take on international food expo

    10 September 2018
    PASAY, Philippines - The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) showcased their locally-produced chips or tipas of Maguindanao and coco sugar of Sulu to the international market as they participated in this year’s International Food Exhibit (I...
  • Mindanao micro enterprises bag award for innovative food products

    10 September 2018
    Pasay City - Micro enterprises from Mindanao were recently recognized for their emerging and innovative food products during the International Food Exhibit Philippines held last week at the World Trade Center, Pasay City Baker's Field Enterpri...
  • Bangsamoro State Constitution turned over to President Duterte

    20 June 2018
    TURNING OVER. Atty. Michael O. Mastura, President and TWG Chairman of the All Moro Convention (AMC), finally turns over the draft of the proposed Bangsamoro State Constitution to President Rodrigo Duterte, during the Eid’l Fitr celebration last Sat...
  • Eid Greetings of Secretary Datu Hj. Abul Khayr D. Alonto

    19 June 2018
      EID GREETINGS (First day of Shawal 1439 H. corresponding to 15 June 2018) This Blessed noble day of the EID, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), in the Spirit of “Unity in Diversity”, stands with the Twenty Five (25) Provincial Gov...
  • Copy of the Proposed Bangsamoro State Constitution

    19 June 2018
    You may now download a copy of the draft/proposed Bangsamoro State Constitution, submitted to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last June 16. *This forms part of the efforts to do other proposed series of consultations and workshops on federalism ad...
  • Message: 43rd Anniversary of the Southern Philippines Development Authority

    19 April 2018
    My fellow workers in the government, ladies and gentlemen…   Thank you for inviting the Mindanao Development Authority to this momentous occasion for the Southern Philippines Development Authority. I would also like to take this opportunity t...
  • MinDA, World Bank to launch Mindanao jobs study

    05 April 2018
    The Mindanao Development Authority and the World Bank are set to launch the Philippines Mindanao Jobs Report on Friday. The report lays down the strategies for Mindanao Regional Development with the end goal of generating more jobs in the island-re...
  • Multi-agency core group formed to assess Mindanao budget share

    05 April 2018
    A technical working group that will review Mindanao’s allocation of the national budget for 2019 and onwards will be convening in Congress next week to come up realistic context of what Mindanao truly needs, budget-wise, a Mindanao solon says....
  • MinDA bats for higher Mindanao budget share

    05 April 2018
    Mindanao’s lead agency for socio-economic development continues the call for an equitable budget share for the island-region to achieve greater impact on poverty reduction and economic growth. In order to catch up with the Dutertenomics target of ...
  • BIMP-EAGA officials map out short-term action plan in Brunei

    05 April 2018
    BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN— Key government and private sector representatives of the four-country BIMP-EAGA sub-region have converged here today (Feb 14) for the group’s annual strategic planning meeting aimed to map out programs under its Vision 2025. &n...
  • Barter trading seen to propel economic growth in Bangsamoro areas

    01 February 2018
    DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Forming part of its efforts to establish competitive trade in the island-region, the Mindanao Development Authority is backing the plans to revive barter trading, particularly between Bangsamoro areas and the Bru...
  • MinDA Joins World Hijab Day Celebration

    31 January 2018
    The Mindanao Development Authority joins the global community in the observance of World Hijab Day. May this day remind us to celebrate cultural diversity in Mindanao and the rest of the world.        
  • MinDA renews call for extension of feed-in-tariff in Mindanao

    15 January 2018
    With the ending of feed-in-tariff (FIT) awarding last year, the Mindanao Development Authority through the inter-agency power monitoring body has recommended the extension the FIT program for hydro and biomass in Mindanao.   MinDA has put for...
  • MinDA Chief welcomes ADB's P19-B Mindanao road infra program

    20 December 2017
    Mindanao Development Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto lauds the Asian Development Bank’s infrastructure assistance to spur connectivity projects in Mindanao, citing its significant contribution to developing the Mindanao economic corridors.In a sta...
  • Season Greetings

    20 December 2017
  • Mindanawons complete JICA-funded resource mgt program

    01 December 2017
    Three representatives from Mindanao recently completed a water resources management course in Japan, one of the programs under the JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program. Makmod Pasawilan of the Mindanao Development Authority, Ardi Abril Layugue of the ...
  • MinDA chief underscores construction players’ role in rebuilding Marawi

    23 November 2017
    Parañaque City – Citing the urgency of rebuilding the Islamic City of Marawi, Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto urges the construction industry players of the country to be the government’s partners in the reconstructio...
  • PH chairs 14th BIMP-EAGA tourism meet in Malaysia

    26 October 2017
    DAVAO CITY -- Philippines through the Department of Tourism (DOT) chairs the 14th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Joint Tourism Development (JTD) Cluster Meeting on 23-27 October 2017 in...
  • Congress backs travel tax exemption for BIMP-EAGA

    05 October 2017
    Two committees in Congress have recently approved a resolution endorsing to the President the renewal of travel tax exemption (TTE) granted to travelers going to any focus areas of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia Philippines East ASEAN Growt...
  • BIMP-EAGA to expand partnership with China

    18 September 2017
    Banking on its long-term partnership with China, the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia and Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area is looking to expand its partnership with the country to include trading and investments.This was expressed by the Phil...
  • MinDA, Siargao LGU partner for mangrove conservation

    31 August 2017
        Forming part of its long-term goal of responsible use and protection of the environment, Mindanao Development Authority through its Mindanao Nurturing Our Waters (MindaNOW!) Program celebrated the International Mangroves Day with th...
  • P129-M Polloc Port investment to boost Mindanao Economic Corridor

    22 August 2017
    (Cotabato City, August 22, 2017)- The recent registration by the Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) of the investment of Bangsamoro Terminal Services, Inc. (BTSI) amounting to P129 million, a company based in Polloc Freeport in Parang, Maguindana...
  • MinDA, LCP to tap local govts in rebuilding Marawi

    27 July 2017
      Mindanao Development Authority seals a cooperation agreement with the League of Cities of Philippines to harmonize efforts and mobilize resources of the various local governments in the country for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of t...
  • MinDA chief urges Marawi grads to keep hopes high for Mindanao

    16 July 2017
    ligan City - As the government gradually shifts its efforts towards rebuilding and rehabilitating the Islamic City of Marawi, Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto assures the new batch of Marawi graduates that the city will ...
  • Statement of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) President Ronald Go on the Proclamation of Martial Law in Mindanao

    26 May 2017
    "Initially, this may lead to short-term setbacks as investors may be wary of the implications of a state of martial law but as a community, this should be looked upon as a short-term sacrifice that will ensure our long-term progress. Better we pave...
  • Official Statement from the Mindanao Development Authority

    24 May 2017
    Official Statement from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)Secretary Datu Hj. Abul Khayr D. AlontoChairman, MinDADavao City, May 24, 2017  Assalamu Alaikum w.w. In light of the recent developments, we appeal for sobriety and request ev...
  • EAGA officials bullish on enhancing cross-border relations within sub-region

    03 February 2017
    EAGA CONNECTION Deputy Permanent Secretary Tutiaty Wahab of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam, Assistant Deputy Minister Netty Muharni of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of Indonesia, Principal Assistant Secre...
  • Summit to enhance regional ecozones dev’t in Mindanao

    02 February 2017
    MINDANAO ECOZONES Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman Secretary Datu Hj. Abul Khayr Alonto opens the Mindanao Ecozone Summit held from February 02-03, 2017 at the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City.Alonto underscores ecozone developme...
  • Mindanao's top official briefs Japan's PM team on regional investments

    17 January 2017
    Secretary Datu HJ. Abul Khayr Alonto, chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority briefs the delegation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on the potentials of Mindanao as the next investment destination of the Philippines. He said the island...
  • Philippines accepts EAGA chairmanship, takes lead in pursuing vision for 2025

    07 December 2016
    PHILIPPINE-MALAYSIA TIES Secretary Datu Hj. Abul Khayr Alonto, BIMP-EAGA Philippine signing minister and MinDA chairperson (left) hands over a token of appreciation to Dato Sri Devamany Krishnasamy,deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Depar...
  • High-level EAGA meeting opens in Palawan, Philippines

    28 November 2016
    PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – Ministers and senior officials of the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) convene here on Sunday for its largest annual meeting designed to tackle priority programs an...
  • Biz groups pitch for EAGA projects, partnerships

    28 November 2016
      ASIAN CONNECTIONS Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, (left) chairperson of the Mindanao Development Authority and Philippine SigningMinster for the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-E...
  • Speech of Secretary Datu Hj. Abul Khayr Alonto at the House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries

    23 November 2016
    Speech of Secretary Datu Hj. Abul Khayr Alontoat the House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries(November 22, 2016) Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh!Representative Ben Evardone, chairperson of House Committee on Banks and Fina...
  • MinDA signs deal with PCCI to enhance trade in Mindanao

    18 October 2016
    Secretary Abul Khayr Alonto, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) shakes hands with George Barcelon, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) bet...
  • MinDA welcomes new Chairperson

    15 September 2016
      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 Mi...
  • Mindanao to host first EAGA cultural fest

    05 August 2016
    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

    02 August 2016
      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

    02 August 2016
      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

    02 August 2016
    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

    22 July 2016
    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...
  • Eid Mubarak

    04 July 2016
  • Mindanao’s RE push to boost PHL’s clean energy agenda

    04 July 2016
    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

    04 July 2016
    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

    28 April 2016
        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

    18 April 2016
      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

    23 March 2016
    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

    29 February 2016
      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

    26 February 2016
    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

    09 February 2016
    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

    03 February 2016
    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

    27 January 2016
    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

    17 December 2015
    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

    02 November 2015
    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

    29 October 2015
    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

    23 September 2015
    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

    21 September 2015
    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

    03 September 2015
    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

    30 July 2015
    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

    29 July 2015
    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

    23 July 2015
    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

    21 July 2015
      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

    10 July 2015
    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

    03 July 2015
      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

    26 June 2015
    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

    19 June 2015
    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

    15 June 2015
    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

    25 March 2015
      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

    05 March 2015
    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

    02 March 2015
    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)

    23 February 2015
    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

    17 February 2015
    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

    16 February 2015
    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

    16 February 2015
    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

    10 February 2015
    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

    09 February 2015
      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

    12 December 2014
    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

    12 December 2014
    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

    07 December 2014
    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

    07 December 2014
    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

    03 December 2014
    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

    06 November 2014
    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

    29 October 2014
    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

    28 October 2014
    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)

    24 October 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

    18 October 2014
    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

    30 September 2014
    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

    17 September 2014
      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

    01 September 2014
    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

    01 September 2014
    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

    21 August 2014
    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

    12 August 2014
    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

    24 July 2014
    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

    16 July 2014
    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

    12 July 2014
    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

    04 July 2014
    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

    03 July 2014
    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

    02 July 2014
    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

    02 July 2014
    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

    18 June 2014
    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

    04 June 2014
    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

    31 May 2014
      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

    19 May 2014
    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

    19 May 2014
    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

    06 May 2014
      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

    06 May 2014
      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

    22 April 2014
    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

    21 April 2014
    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

    15 April 2014
    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

    26 March 2014
    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

    26 March 2014
    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

    26 March 2014
    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

    26 March 2014
    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.