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MinDA Asec. Cherrylyn Santos Akbar

DAVAO CITY – The Office of the President appointed recently former Mayor of Isabela City, Basilan Cherrylyn Santos Akbar as Assistant Secretary, and detailed her at Mindanao Development Authority.

Following her appointment, ASec. Akbar is detailed at Mindanao Development Authority and officially introduced to MinDA in a Zoom meeting during the agency’s Management Committee Meeting, Tuesday.

According to MinDA Chair Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, ASec. Akbar will handle the Bangsamoro projects and activities of the agency, focusing more on the development programs in Taraka, Lanao del Sur, which is one of MinDA’s flagship efforts for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

“We cannot fail in Taraka because it plays a critical role, having been selected as the model town for rural development in the Bangsamoro area,” said Secretary Piñol.

Just this month, the Development Bank of the Philippines and MinDA signed a PhP 218-Million loan agreement for the MinDA Water Supply Program (MWSP) in the municipality of Taraka to address the lack of potable water supply and other agricultural facilities in the different barangays there.

The agency through its MinDA Water Program aims to assist local government units in Mindanao with water sources for irrigation and household use through a self-reliance program.

“We at MinDA are striving to change the lives of the people in Taraka and make the community productive and self-reliant. I believe ASec. Akbar can best handle the job,” added Secretary Piñol.

The new Assistant Secretary readily accepted her new tasks and considers it a great honor and privilege to be part of the Office of the President.

“It is a great honor and privilege for me to be part of the office of the President. My recent appointment as Assistant Secretary assigned in Mindanao Development Authority, headed by our workaholic Secretary Manny Piñol, is both an opportunity and a challenge to undertake. I may be new in this endeavor but I am confident that I can be of great help to the people, especially the Mindanaoans,” ASec. Akbar said.

“It is a tough job but I will do my very best to prove my worth with the trust given to me by President Rodrigo Duterte,” Sec. Akbar added.

ASec. Cherrylyn Santos Akbar is the first lady mayor of Isabela City, Basilan, and wife of the late former Basilan Governor and Congressman Ustadz Wahab M. Akbar.

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