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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will convene bamboo stakeholders from all over the region in a face-to-face and virtual Summit to organize the Mindanao Bamboo Industry Council.

The Mindanao Bamboo Summit will be held at the Development Bank of the Philippines Conference Hall in Cagayan de Oro City where the major stakeholders, including representatives of the different agencies, will meet face-to-face.

Other stakeholders who could not join the face-to-face organization meeting could participate through a Zoom Virtual Conference starting at 5 p.m.

Bukidnon Giant Bamboo Resources Corp. President Rod Bioco will make a presentation on the current state and prospect of the Mindanao Bamboo Industry.

The BGB Corporation has established a bamboo processing facility in Malaybalay, Bukidnon and is currently buying Giant Bamboo poles from farmers in the area.

Representatives of the Department of Environment and Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Interior and Local Government are expected to provide inputs on how their agency could support the Mindanao Bamboo Industry.

The Development Bank of the Philippines, through its President Emmanuel Herbosa, will also be joining the face-to-face conference.

The DBP is expected to present financing windows for the Bamboo Industry which will be made accessible to both farmers and processors.

The Mindanao Bamboo Industry Council is being organized by MinDA as part of its programs to promote the greening of Mindanao's critical watersheds and headwaters while at the same time providing income opportunities for the people.

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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

The Biblical account of how the Three Kings followed a shining star to the manger where Jesus Christ was born is more than just a story of faith.

It is actually a story of resolve, determination and the willingness to sacrifice to achieve a goal.

Today, as we face a difficult period in our lives, let us be inspired by the story of the Biblical Magis.

Let us keep faith, stay focused and willingly sacrifice to achieve our dream of a better life for ourselves, our family and our country.

Let us find our Star and follow it.

God will surely guide us and show the way to the fulfillment of our dreams.

Happy Three Kings Day everyone.

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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

A solar-powered water supply project and six solar-powered irrigation systems will be constructed starting this month in Taraka, Lanao del Sur where residents have relied on small river that meanders through the town center on its way to Lake Lanao.

The Taraka Solar-Water Supply and Irrigation is the first project to be implemented under the Mindanao Water Supply Program which was launched on Dec. 6 last year and aims to provide water for drinking and agriculture in all areas in Mindanao.

The Taraka Solar-Water Supply and Irrigation project, unlike other government programs, is funded wholly by the local government unit through a loan P215-M provided by the Development Bank of the Philippines.

The Mindanao Development Authority, in partnership with the Development Bank of the Philippines and the Department of Interior and Local Government, initiated the program to address the water needs of communities, both for drinking and agriculture.

This is actually a modified version of the Solar-Powered Irrigation System Project which I conceptualized and implemented when I was Secretary of Agriculture which aimed to provide irrigation water to farming areas all over the country.

With limited funding support, the SPIS Program of the Department of Agriculture was only able to build over 100 units in several areas of the country.

The MinDAWater Supply Program will be implemented through a policy of self-reliance among the LGUs which are more flexible in starting projects compared to the national bureaucracy.

On Jan. 20, DBP President Emmanuel Herbosa and I, as Chairman of MinDA, will lead the groundbreaking of the projects following the approval and release of the LGU loan last year.

When completed, the Taraka Solar Water Supply and irrigation Project will provide safe drinking water to the town's 25,000 population and irrigation to an estimated 600 to 1,000 hectares of farmlands located in the periphery of Lake Lanao.

Other Mindanao LGUs have already signified their intent to join the MinDAWater Supply Program.

Watch the full video below:

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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane Jr., a farmer just like most Mindanao local government executives, will lead officials in a ceremonial harvest of the Sorghum planted last year with seeds provided by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

The seeds were donated by Scott Seeds of Hereford Texas through its owner Coby Kriegshauzer last year and distributed to several farmers groups and local government units in Mindanao as part of the Livestock and Poultry Industry Development Program of MinDA.

Durimg the program today, farmers will be briefed on Sorghum harvest technology and the other uses of its by-products, like its stalks and leaves for silage.

Silage-making expert Arnel Corpuz of General Santos City who used to manage a 50,000-head Wagyu feedlot in Australia, will be invited to lecture on silage making.

The activity today will be broadcast live via Facebook to allow farmers groups in other parts of Mindanao and the country to learn more about Sorghum farming and silage-making.

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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

Like scarred warriors, we come out of a difficult battle in our lives surviving an unseen and mysterious enemy which virtually paralyzed the whole world and ruined nations' economy.


We are now stronger and wiser having learned very important lessons both in our personal lives and in governance.

The Pandemic reminded us to take care of our bodies and to lead clean and healthy lifestyle.

"Survival of the fittest" is the apt description of what we went through as those described as "immuno-compromised" proved to be the most vulnerable while the healthy showed resilience.

The Pandemic also shattered many economic and governance policies as it showed how wrong we were on relying on our neighbors for our food supplies and other essential needs.

The concept of inter-dependence in a virtual Global Community was proven to be a farce as the Pandemic divided nations into small tribal villages whose main concern was to ensure their own survival.

The greatest lesson taught here is to establish food security through community food sufficiency programs or simply "Let us grow our own food.”

As the search for remedies and cure became a global effort, our nation which has produced some of the brightest people relied mainly on what other countries could discover and offer.

We ignored and even ridiculed anecdotal accounts of the efficacy of local remedies to strengthen the immune system against the virus.

The Pandemic showed how weak our health programs are and how we have abandoned medical researches in favor of dependence on foreign medical supplies.

The lesson here is the need for more support for medical researches to produce remedies and cure to afflictions and diseases based on our climate and environment.

Most of all, the long period of trials stressed the need for coherent governance as people were befuddled and confused by the many guidelines and protocols issued by every Tom, Dick and Harry in government.

All these are very important and valuable lessons we have to embrace as we face a new year, 2021.

To all those who lost loved ones during the year, I extend my deepest and sincerest sympathies.

Those of us who survived the year should take time to thank God for the blessing and protection.

We come out stronger from this period of trials and tribulation.

With lessons learned and scars to remind us, let us face the New Year with courage and hope.

We survived 2020. We will prevail in 2021 and beyond.

Happy New Year and may God bless us all!

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