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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is now assisting the Province of Misamis Oriental establish a digital platform which will gather accurate data on its agriculture and fisheries production and link producers to the market.

When completed, Misamis Oriental will be the first Mindanao province to have an accurate database for its farmers, fishermen, production areas, geo-maps and market information.

Each and every individual farmer and fisherman will be included in the data base including the commodity the production area, the volume, the assistance provided by the government and the expected harvest date.

The Misamis Oriental model is expected to be replicated in all the other provinces in Mindanao as MinDA prepares the digitalization of the whole region.

Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny "Bambi" Emano launched the program last month with officials of the MinDA present in Cagayan de Oro City.

The digital platform of Misamis Oriental will gather accurate data from production to marketing which will then be shared with the Mindanao-Wide Digital Platform of MinDA.

When I assumed as Chairman of MinDA last year, I pushed the One MinDA, One Data Program of the agency which was started by the previous chairman, the late Abul Khayr Alonto.

I have always believed that sound planning largely depends on the accurate data gathered and I realized that this was a weak area in Mindanao.

Under the program that MinDA is pursuing now, digital platforms for the different commodities will be established like agricultural crops and fish catch.

The digitalization of the Corn Industry, for example, would involve determining how many hectares are actually planted to the crop, actual production per hectare and pricing of the commodity on a daily basis which will be made available to the farmers.

For fisheries, digitalization involves linking all major fishing grounds of Mindanao to record daily catch volume and the species of fish landed which will then be forwarded to prospective markets.

For the fruit industry, digitalization entails identifying all varieties of fruits produced in specific areas, the time of harvest and direct access by farmers to the pricing in the market.

It will still be a long way before we will complete the One MinDA, One Data Program but we have already taken the first step.

Misamis Oriental is leading the way.

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