MinDA welcomes solons’ call for inquiry into reports of mining support

DAVAO CITY — The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) today issued a statement welcoming the calls of two Mindanao solons for inquiry into the purported support provided by MinDA to the mining sector in Mindanao. “We welcome this call from Representatives Rufus and Maximo Rodriguez who had been supportive of MinDA’s policy initiatives in the House. Maybe this is an opportunity to clarify the issue as apparently the information that reached them notably lacked both substance and context,” she added. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District) and Abante-Mindanao Party-list Representative Maximo Rodriguez were reported in a local daily in … Continue reading MinDA welcomes solons’ call for inquiry into reports of mining support

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Mindanao has only 6 % forest cover

 Massive deforestation mainly from illegal logging has left Mindanao with only 6 percent forest cover. “There is only six percent of forestry left in Mindanao. We from Mindanao must do something. And we have encouraged the local government unit to plant trees,” said Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, Minda chairperson during the 3rd Minda board meeting. Minda has been tasked by President Benigno Aquino III to take over the task force assigned to create a master plan for Mindanao’s flood problem. “We really need to have a master plan, for the entire Mindanao, she said.       Continue reading Mindanao has only 6 % forest cover

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Good business climate to boost Mindanao construction industry

By JOANNA C. BALANZA DAVAO CITY – The construction industry in Mindanao would benefit from expansion of local industries in the countryside spurred by the current flood of foreign direct investments, said a construction industry leader, who cites Mindanao’s good investment climate as another reason for optimism. “We can make the Philippines a Tiger Economy, through the construction industry,” said Engineer Levy Esperitu of the Philippine Constructors Association Inc. Key industry players held here recently the 4th Joint General Membership Meeting of the Philippine Constructors Association Inc., and Davao Constructors Association Center. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair, DA chair Luwalhati … Continue reading Good business climate to boost Mindanao construction industry

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Good business climate to boost Mindanao construction industry

By JOANNA C. BALANZA DAVAO CITY – The construction industry in Mindanao would benefit from expansion of local industries in the countryside spurred by the current flood of foreign direct investments, said a construction industry leader, who cites Mindanao’s good … Continue reading Good business climate to boost Mindanao construction industry

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MinDa ready to tackle Mindanao peace framework

Following the approval on the adoption of the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework during the first MinDA Board Meeting in January, members of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Board are set to identify strategic and doable priority programs and projects in Mindanao for this year up to 2016. Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, Minda chair, said MinDa has identified six-year imperatives that will translate President Benigno Aquino’s Social Contract and the national government’s Philippine Development Plan. “While the MinDA board is expected to provide direction and guidance for MinDA’s work and thrusts for Mindanao, it also needs to ensure that these … Continue reading MinDa ready to tackle Mindanao peace framework

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Business leaders lauds MILF peace efforts

Business leaders in Mindanao has praised the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for its efforts to conduct a series of dialogues with the business sector, one of which was held in Davao City in May. The MILF-business leaders’ dialogue opens more avenues for the MILF and business to work together for the future of Mindanao, said a businessman from Davao City who attended the dialogue held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel. Mohagler Iqbal of the MILF peace panel said one of the most difficult sectors to address is the business sector “because of its quick ability in reading situations.” “The … Continue reading Business leaders lauds MILF peace efforts

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MinDA affirms support to mining in the region

 The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has again acknowledged the role of the mining industry in bringing progress to Southern Philippines. “MinDA’s support for the mining industry in Mindanao is an agency position and it does not change with leadership,” said Olie Dagala, head of MinDA’s regional concerns management office, during a meeting with South Cotabato mining companies held in General Santos City last Thursday. GRCO Isulan Mining Corp., Epoch China Mining, South Davao Development Company, Inc., Tribal Mining Corp., and Sagittarius Mines, Inc. met last week with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s Region 12 office and MinDA and sought for … Continue reading MinDA affirms support to mining in the region

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MinDA pushes power woes to Aquino cabinet men

DAVAO CITY – In a bid to avert a looming power crisis, Secretary Lualhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), said she is lobbying with President Aquino’s top officials to find a cure to the problem facing Mindanao. “We are successful so far in getting the attention of Cabinet Secretaries to pay attention and study the power situation in Mindanao,” Antonino told reporters prior to the first board meeting of the MinDA board of directors last week in Davao City. Antonino said even Energy Secretary Rene Almendras affirmed that the power crisis expected this year is very critical. … Continue reading MinDA pushes power woes to Aquino cabinet men

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MinDA still waiting for P100 million budget

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), created last year to craft the economic future of Mindanao, would have an annual budget of P100 million that is yet to be released. MinDA chair Secretary Lualhati Antonino said MinDA still operates on the Mindanao Economic and Development Council (Medco) budget of P56 million with the existing manpower complement. The MinDA office by law will have a budget double that of MEDCO or P100 million, she said. And up to this time they haven’t appointed anybody, Antonino told media at sideline of the first Board Meeting of MinDA on Thursday last week in Davao … Continue reading MinDA still waiting for P100 million budget

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