[L-R on the center table]: Together with the participants of the Bulk Water Supply Project Orientation-Briefing for Zamboanga del Sur LGUs are Engr. Felixberto Chua, Jr. (DILG-Central Office), Engr. Arnold Alvarez (Consultant of Ces't, Inc.), Engr. Joan Barrera (MinDA), Engr. Fe Criscilla Batulan (DILG-OPDS), Dr. Yutaka Kokufu (Pacific Consultants Co., Ltd. For JICA), Hon. Mayor Domingo Mirrar (Lakewood Municipality), and OIC-PPPDO Engr. Demetrio Luis E. David (Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur).

PAGADIAN CITY - MinDA, in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Office of Project Development Services, facilitates the Bulk Water Supply Project Briefing for the seven (7) municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur today held at Provincial Capitol, Pagadian City (17 May).

MinDA Project Development Division Chief Joan Barrera oriented the LGU participants on Mindanao Water Supply Program, a MinDA-initiated undertaking in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), which provides financial and technical assistance to the local government units, water districts and other water supply service providers for the provision of water supply, sanitation and irrigation projects.

Meanwhile, Engr. Arnold Alvarez, Consultant of Ces't, Inc., presented the results of the Bulk Water Supply Feasibility Study for Selected Provinces in Mindanao commissioned by the DILG and funded by NEDA.

Governor Victor Yu represented by Mayor Domingo Mirrar of Lakewood Municipality expressed his support to completion of the said study underscoring its timely value since parts of Zamboanga del Sur have really limited access to water.

“Although the province allocated a budget for the Establishment of the Potable Water System in 2021 amounting to P30M and this year also, another P30M, it cannot suffice the unquenchable needs of all Zambosurians. This project can be of great help to the municipalities, especially, in the delivery of their basic needs,” Mayor Mirrar emphasized.

He also added that in order to concretely implement a bulk water supply project, there is a need to identify the specific type of bulk water supply system that is truly needed by the LGUs.

“With the help of the data of the conducted feasibility study, financial support and implementation leadership of the Provincial Government, and assistance of key partners, the problem regarding water supply of the many LGUs in the Province will be resolved,” said Mayor Mirrar.

During the activity, DILG-Office of the Project Development Services Program Manager II, Engr. Fe Criscilla Banluta, also informed the participating LGUs about available government fund sources that they could apply in implementing bulk water supply and sanitation projects for Barangay, municipal, city, and provincial level.

Pacific Consultants Co., Ltd. (PCKK) Representative Dr. Yutaka Kokufu shared technical knowledge and mechanisms on how LGUs can develop rural development project proposals for funding assistance by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Further, other financing options including other official development assistance, government financing institutions facilities and public-private partnership (PPP) was also presented by MinDA Development Officer Ms. Madania Malang-Casinto.

Tentatively on 14 July, Local Chief Executives (LCEs), Municipal Administrators, Municipal Planning and Development Officers (MPDOs), and Municipal Engineers will further discuss the Bulk Water Supply Project.

Participated by the municipalities of Sominot, Dinas, Bayog, Dimataling, Labangan, Tigbao, and Lakewood, the briefing aims to provide orientation and updates on accessing locally and internationally-funded bulk water supply projects in support to development of Zamboanga del Sur local governments.#

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Benefiting from the country’s pandemic recovery strategies, Mindanao’s economic performance grew by 6.3 percent in 2021, with the CARAGA region posting the highest growth rate of 7.4 percent.

Mindanao Development Authority cited the government’s re-opening strategy and increased public investment in priority infrastructure projects as instrumental in Mindanao’s economic performance, particularly its industry sector.

“The solid growth momentum came mainly from the Industry sector due to the positive growth recovery of all its subsectors - Manufacturing, Construction, and Mining and Quarrying,” MinDA Secretary Maria Belen S. Acosta said.

She added that the services subsectors particularly the health and social work activities, ICT, accommodation and food service activities, and transportation and storage also complemented the growth recovery of the island-region.

Given these trends, MinDA, through its 10-point economic recovery agenda also identified innovative solutions, along with equitable digitalization as among the emerging sectors to support Mindanao’s domestic growth in the new normal.

“This tells us a lot about the new sectors that we need to be paying more attention to, those that have kept our economy afloat despite the lockdowns and mobility restrictions,” Acosta said.

The Board of Investments also recorded Php 8.36 Billion pesos worth of investment projects in Mindanao for 2021, which translates to more than 5,000 jobs generated.

MinDA further remains confident that Mindanao can achieve 7 to 8 percent growth this year, particularly with the anticipated influx of foreign capital investments, re-opening of borders, and businesses operating at full capacity.#

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MinDA welcomes the formal establisment of the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (MDDA) under Republic Act No. 11708, which was signed into law recently by President Duterte.

The creation of a planning, policy and implementing body with specific mandate within the metropolitan area of Davao augurs well for the overall direction of accelerated Mindanao progress and transformation.

The enactment of this law is timely as the rapid urbanization of Davao City and nearby contiguous areas neccessitate coherent and integrated approach to planning and development.

When development is anchored on ground realities, prevailing contexts and inherent strengths, the rate and extent of progress will be inclusive and responsive.

That is why MinDA is seeing this as aligning with the Mindanao Development Corridor strategy by having regional urban growth centers and emerging metropolitan areas effectively serving as nodes of development.

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09 May 2022

Maintain safe, orderly, peaceful elections

As everyone prepares to vote for their choice candidates today, 09 May 2022, the Mindanao Development Authority calls for honest, orderly, and peaceful elections.

We recognize the dedication of the teachers who serve in today’s elections, the men and women in uniform, the officers and personnel of the COMELEC, and the private sector groups who work hard to ensure that the National and Local Elections will be orderly and peaceful.

The country is still under the pandemic. Let us observe the minimum health protocol as we cast our votes. Let us vote and be safe.

Finally, we call on voters to choose leaders who support a more progressive, productive, and peaceful Mindanao.

Secretary Maria Belen Sunga Acosta, CESE
Chairperson, Mindanao Development Authority

Photo by Veejay Villafranca/Getty Images

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His Excellency Ambassador Kim Inchul of the Republic of Korea and MinDA Secretary Maria Belen S. Acosta exchange tokens of appreciation during the South Korea Sectoral Discussion and Business-to-Business Meetings held on 25 April 2022 in Davao City.

Republic of Korea Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Inchul cites Mindanao’s agricultural potentials and economic resiliency as key to business interest in the island-region.

In his congratulatory message during the opening of the South Korea-Mindanao Sectoral Discussion and Business-to-Business Meetings held in Davao City on April 25, Ambassador Kim noted that Mindanao’s economic resilience during the pandemic and its role as the Philippines’ food basket were instrumental in the Korean delegation’s visit.

“I was impressed that so many companies expressed their willingness to join the mission, further proving the private sector’s keen interest in knocking on Mindanao’s door,” Ambassador Kim added.

The official business mission is a result of months of coordination between the Mindanao Development Authority and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Embassy in the Philippines. It is also the first foreign Embassy-led face-to-face business mission to Mindanao since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Mindanao’s food and agri-fishery sector indeed remained as the country’s resilient source of growth, and we are grateful that this is the same inherent strength that brought the Korean delegation here,” MinDA Secretary Maria Belen S. Acosta said.

Included in the mission are KEPCO Philippines, K-water, LX International, POSCO E&C, DL E&C, Hyundai E&C, Lotte Pepsi and FIT Corea in addition to KOICA and K-EXIM, the government agencies for development cooperation.

ROK has been a long-time partner of the Philippine government in realizing some of its catalytic projects including the Laguindingan Airport, the Korea-Philippines Vocational Training Center in Davao, and the ongoing Panguil Bay Bridge construction.

“We believe it is high time for us to also firm up partnerships in our business sector. This is especially important for Mindanao in our efforts to bounce back from the economic impacts of the pandemic,” Acosta added.

The Korean delegation is expected to join a series of investment promotion events in Mindanao later this year following a number of invitations from the local business chambers.


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