Tawi Tawi
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-Tawi province, envisioned as gateway for trade
and investments given its barter trade activities, agricultural produce, rich marine resources, and its potential as a transshipment hub through a special
economic zone.

Bongao, Tawi-Tawi -
An Expo which will feature the treasures and beauty of Tawi-Tawi, one of the five provinces which comprise the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), is scheduled to be staged in Metro Manila in October.

In a visit to Tawi-Tawi, MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol proposed the hosting of an expo to showcase the treasures and beauty of the island province, its abundant fish and marine resources and the beautiful sites of the island province.

Tawi - Tawi Governor Yshmael "Mang" Sali, former mayor of Languyan town, excitedly embraced the proposal of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) for the staging of the first of a series of Expos titled "Discover the Bangsamoro: Treasures and Beauty of Tawi - Tawi."

The expo, according to Piñol, will feature the five provinces of the BARMM to project a new image of the region following the signing of a peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), ending years of bloody conflict.

Piñol earlier proposed to BARMM Chief Minister Ahod "Murad" Ebrahim the staging of the expo as the Region and the rest of Mindanao attempt to promote the Southern Philippines as a peaceful investment area and tourism destination.

Expected to be featured in the expo are deep sea pearls, high value fish and harvests from the sea, indigenous handicrafts and other products.

The expo also aims to link the fishermen and farmers of Tawi-Tawi to the market in the big cities, including Cebu and Metro Manila. Market access means additional income for the people of Tawi-Tawi where about 80 percent are earning income from seaweed farming.

The exact dates and venue will be announced later, Secretary Piñol added. #
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