DAVAO CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) officially launched the Self-Sustaining Food Supply Strategy (SSFSS) in North Cotabato, an official said Wednesday.

Secretary Emmanuel Piñol in his Facebook post on Wednesday, said SSFSS will rally local government units and communities in Mindanao to produce their own food or partner with adjacent political units for a symbiotic sustainable food supply scheme.

“Aside from the problem of how to stem or stop the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the major issue that requires us to make adjustments is food - its sustained production and availability,” he said.

He said that the growing of food in small quantities in the backyard or the farms, the start of the Quick Turn-Around Plan for the rice industry in the face of an impending world-wide supply shortage and the Rolling Tienda will give families in isolation access to food supplies are among the major components of the SSFSS.

“But I am deeply impressed that just as soon as the idea of SSFSS was shared in the social media, enterprising people and at least one local government unit have caught up with the idea and started doing it,” Piñol added.

For instance, he cited that Lanao del Sur Governor Bombit Adiong has launched the Rolling Store while an enterprising family in Kidapawan City converted their passenger tricycle into a rolling market.

“This is the way to adjust and survive in the midst of this crisis. We cannot be fully dependent on support from the national government because their hands are also full in containing the health problems related to Covid-19,” he said.

Piñol also said that the lockdowns implemented by several local government units (LGU) in Mindanao and elsewhere in the country posed an obstacle to the transport of food supplies from one area to another.

“It is during these times when we should be resourceful and innovative. I have always said that governance is like basketball where we play a game within a defined boundary with a set of rules,” he elaborated.

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