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-region. 

This culminates the series of consultation and validation rounds conducted by World Bank and MinDA, in partnership with the  Philippine Business for Social Progress since 2015 among different sectors including government, business, labor, academe, civil society groups, and farmer associations.

The report outlines a number of recommendations which reform coalitions can consider to put Mindanao on a path of inclusive growth and address the jobs challenge.

“This tells a new Mindanao story through the lens of jobs generation, which makes it as a living document of the ways forward to unlock the Mindanao’s potentials through raising farm productivity, improving logistics and connectivity, and developing key ports and other gateways,” said MinDA Undersecretary Janet Lopoz.

Majority of the strategies identified in the report are also being carried out by MinDA through its flagship programs including the Mindanao Development Corridors, and the establishment of Mindanao Agri-Economic Ecozones and the Tawi-tawi Freeport Zone.

“We believe that the MJR findings could strongly boost our argument and proposition why Mindanao needs to be given a higher and equitable budget that it rightfully deserves,” added Lopoz.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is slated to cap the launching with updates on national government’s programs for financing Mindanao’s growth and development. It will likewise include a signing of Memorandum of Understanding between MinDA and PBSP signifying its renewed and strengthened partnership for pursuing inclusive business in Mindanao.

According to Lopoz, the MJR was first conceptualized after MinDA forged a partnership with the PBSP for the Mindanao Inclusive Agribusiness Framework.

“As part of inclusive business strategy, we proposed a partnership with World Bank for the conduct of the MJR Study that will assess job-generation factors in the island-region and recommend strategic actions to create more and better jobs for Mindanawons,” Lopoz said.

MinDA, PBSP, Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MinCODE), and the Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan Bank – Knowledge for Development Community (XU-KDC) served as the project team for the report.

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