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KIDAPAWAN CITY – MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is pushing for an integrated planning and implementation of European Union (EU) - funded Mindanao Peace and Development Program (MinPAD) – RISE Mindanao in a recently held Integrated Work and Financial Plan Workshop today at Elai Hotel Resort and Recreation Center, Kidapawan City.

“MinDA’s urgent tasks would be to make sure that we are able to restart Mindanao’ economy with these projects and set up our semi-autonomous food and supply demand network in Mindanao,” Piñol said.

He said he would prefer that MinDA decide and design where to implement the projects and programs to be funded by the European Union to maximize fund utilization.

MinDA Undersecretary Janet Lopoz they aim to allocate the available €35.5M Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the European Union (EU) for the Mindanao Peace and Development Programme (MinPAD) – RISE Mindanao.

Lopoz also presented the components of MinPAD – RISE Mindanao, which will be co-managed with two international organizations, and where MinDA will serve as over-all implementing partner agency.

“The assistance will be used to implement Mindanao Integrated Agriculture Development Program (MIADP) and Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH or GIZ and World Bank,” Lopoz revealed.

Lopoz added that the MIADP will be allocated with €15 million funding and PRDP will be given an allotment of €20 million.

The program will assist the agricultural sector and local government units in different areas in Mindanao that are within the poverty threshold.

Meanwhile, Piñol suggested specific mechanisms for the efficient and effective implementation of projects and programs that the fund will support.

“In developing the projects and programs, let us consider sectoral identification, area-based analysis, and then the interventions needed by these sectors and areas,” he added.

The EU is supporting MinDA’s objective of establishing a Mindanao Food and Supply Map which will identify areas with excess production as well as new points of destination of these excess produces in the island-region.

“This is what I call marrying of provinces so that within Mindanao we will be able to create a self-sustaining and sufficient food supply and logistical network, where we could exist and survive even without depending on people from the outside,” Piñol stressed.

He also said that under the MinPAD – RISE Mindanao initiative, MinDA will prioritize ongoing solar-powered water supply program of LGU – Taraka in Lanao del Sur, the proposed IMTASULA (Impasug-ong, Talakag, Suliman, and Lantapan) vegetable farming in Bukidnon, and fish production in Zamboanga del Norte, among others.

“As I have repeated time and again, governance is simple. Let’s not complicate it. Governance simply involves answering the question of, “What could I do to lift the lives of our people from poverty?”That is what governance is all about,” Piñol said. 

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