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. 

“MinDA must now take an active role in ensuring that the gains of peace would be felt by the people of Mindanao today and the next generation,” said Secretary Piñol, who was also designated by President Rodrigo Duterte as the point person for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Both MinDA and BARMM are expected to pursue strategic interfacing for inter-regional programs and projects that impact highly on BARMM which include investments promotion, agriculture, connectivity, power and energy, BIMP-EAGA and barter trade, among others.

Under the BOL, the Chief Minister sits as member of the MinDA Board.

Part of MinDA’s goals is to pursue a unifying peace through peaceful and negotiated political settlements and attainment of satisfactory autonomy and genuine self-determination for Mindanawons.

Forming part of his immediate priorities as the new MinDA Chairman is connecting Mindanao particularly the Bangsamoro region to larger international markets. Several foreign governments and private groups have likewise offered their support for the development of the Bangsamoro Region, according to Piñol. 
“Turkey, a rich Muslim nation ranked number seven among the top agricultural producers in the world, will soon sign an agreement with the Philippines through MinDA to start a Joint Exchange Program to train and expose leaders and farmers of the Bangsamoro Region to modern agriculture in that country,” Piñol said. 
Governors and Mayors are tapped to take part in the Exchange Program as they could serve as the catalyst of agricultural modernization in their areas when properly oriented on the benefits of modern farming technology. 
Turkey Ambassador to the Philippines Artemiz Sumer said it would be her country's contribution to the peace efforts of President Duterte in Mindanao. 
The main focus of the program, set to begin next month, would be training sessions on grains production, dairy farming, cattle and goat raising, targeting the Halal market in the Philippines and Middle East. 
“We aim to continuously pursue peace once and for all, anchoring on the vision of a peaceful and prosperous Mindanao, whose inhabitants have food in their tables, feel safe and secure, and live harmoniously among one another regardless of ethnicity, religion, or cultural background,” added Piñol.

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