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MinDA Chairman Secretary Emmanuel Piñol meets with Mayor Nestor Uy of the Municipality of Tarragona to discuss initiatives that can address the socioeconomic needs in the eastern seaboard of Mindanao.

DAVAO CITY – MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is set for a three-day land trip from Davao City to the Eastern seaboard of Mindanao to meet and interact with the people and their local leaders and hear their concerns in this part of the region.

The tour kicks off on October 16 from Davao City to the province of Davao Oriental, then to North towards Surigao City, covering the Mindanao Pacific Rim region, which was hit by typhoon Pablo and a hotbed of local insurgencies. The visit aims to bring the government closer to the people and find ways how the government can help them.

“Most of all, I would like to meet the people living in the edges of Mindanao and ask them whether they feel that there is a government that cares for them,” Piñol said, and checking on how President Rodrigo Duterte could help them through the Mindanao Development Authority.

Moreover, the MinDA Chief guarantees that the interactions and lessons learned from the tour results in programs that will directly address the concerns and problems of the people.

“As I undertake the journey, I will come up with programs and projects which will directly address the problems and concerns I gathered along the way”, Piñol said citing previous programs he crafted as agriculture secretary which were results of countryside trips like SURE LOANING program, PLEA Loaning, the Solar-Powered Irrigation System (SPIS), FB Pagbabago Fishing Boat Program, TienDA.

The MinDA Secretary is confident that listening to the people is the right formula in seeking out solutions to problems, “the people themselves have the best answers to their problems, and what we in government need to do is listen, learn and design the solution based on their needs and aspirations,” he explained.

MinDA’s priority programs will be reinforced through this listening tour. Some of these programs are MinDA fruit festival, solar-powered water supply, advocacy and promotion of organic and premium rice, support and advocacy for the BARMM, promotions of Mindanao beauty and bounty, MinSuPala games, protection of Mindanao hogs industry, and the export of young coconut, among others.

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