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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will assist in convening the Mindanao River Basin Council (MRBC) on Nov. 27 to address the perennial problem of flooding in Central Mindanao affecting the provinces of North Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat.

The MRBC, chaired by Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, will meet in the Provincial Capitol of North Cotabato in what could be its first meeting since 2017.

The meeting is expected to address issues of re-aligned funds and the absence of a driving force in pursuing a comprehensive plan to address the flooding which occur almost every year destroying crops in low-lying areas surrounding the vast Liguasan Marsh.

North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco, who will sponsor the MRBC meeting on Nov. 27, sought updates on the activities in the often flooded River Basin.

The MRBC meeting will be the first in a series of activities arranged by the MinDA as it prepares to craft a comprehensive Master Plan for the Mindanao Water Management, Conservation and Environmental Protection Program.

The Master Plan will include the status of deforestation and denudation of Mindanao Mountain Ranges, identification of Watershed Areas and headwaters, mapping of creeks, rivers and gully and water conservation strategies.

MinDA will be working with its funding partners in crafting the MinDA Water Master Plan which is targeted to be completed by 2022.

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