The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) led on Thursday an “information validation session” on the strategic framework plan that aims to harmonize and complement various initiatives to achieve peace and prosperity in Mindanao.
MinDA Undersecretary Janet Lopoz said the updating of the “Mindanao 2030 Framework Plan (M2030)” focuses on the issues surrounding peace, productivity, and poverty reduction, including the overall development approach for the island region.
Lopoz underscored the importance of the framework plan, noting that “conflict and war for the past thirty years affected the investment potentials and overall development of the island.”
During the session held in Davao City, MinDA International Relations chief Jonathan Miral highlighted the critical role of Mindanao’s participation as a focus area in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) sub-regional cooperation.
In a presentation delving on the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025, Miral noted that BIMP-EAGA priority projects should be part of the local land national plans of each member-country for them to be effectively implemented.
Meanwhile, Secretary Emmanuel Piñol also proposed heightened engagement with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao through its Inter-Governmental Relations Body (IGRB), which currently links the autonomous region with the national government.
“This is specifically on matters that relate to the development of the overall Mindanao,” Piñol said.
NEDA Undersecretary Adoracion Navarro, who presented the “Ambisyon Natin 2040 and Philippine Development Plan 2017 – 2020” also highlighted the importance of tackling the gender employment gap in all development discussions on Mindanao.
“Labor force participation (among women) in Mindanao is low. Women take half of the population, so women are half of the potential of any geographic area. Why not maximize the potential of women since women are half of the potential?” Navarro said.
MinDA said the validation activity aims to consolidate and finalize the development indicators for the M2030 prior to the framework’s regional roll-out. (PNA)