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 Taraka Municipality in Lanao del Sur will soon enjoy the benefits of the 6 units Solar-Powered Irrigation and Water Supply Projects funded through the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) loan facility facilitated by MinDA.


When fully operational, the 6 irrigation systems can irrigate an estimated 700 hectares of fertile farmlands beside Lake Lanao. While the water supply system will serve 2,000 households.

Currently, 4 of the 6 irrigation systems are functional while the construction of water supply project is still ongoing with 60% accomplishment.

These projects are results of the cooperation of MinDA, DBP and DILG through the Mindanao Water Supply Program.

MINDA HOLDS BIMP-EAGA Vision (BEV) 2025 Mid-Term Review

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) as Philippine Coordinating Office for BIMP-EAGA (PCOBE) spearheaded the BIMP-EAGA Vision (BEV) 2025 Mid-Term Review (MTR) Task Force Meeting and National Secretariats’ Meeting (NSM) at Century Park Hotel, Metro Manila, on July 21, 2022.

The midterm review of the BEV 2025 aims to assess the results delivery and overall relevance of the BIMP-EAGA cooperation program and implementation mechanisms by the member-countries. The first 5 years of BEV 2025 implementation cover the period of 2017 to 2021.

Participated by key representatives from member-countries, it also seeks to re-strategize efforts and reset priorities and targets of the member-countries in the next phase of BEV implementation from 2023 to 2025 taking into consideration impacts of global COVID-19 pandemic.

The final MTR Report will be a key deliverable for the 25th BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting (MM) scheduled in November 2022.

The MTR is being implemented by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and BIMP-Facilitation Center (DC) in close coordination with the member-countries’ National Secretariats (NSs), and with technical and strategic guidance from the BIMP-EAGA Senior Officials.




The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has gathered government agencies in an inter-agency meeting aiming to strengthen Mindanao’s barter trade with countries under the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

The July 19, 2022 meeting at Century Park Hotel in Manila, is part of government effort to develop integrated interventions and policy support on the finalization of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Executive Order (EO) No. 64 s. 2018 or “Reviving Barter in Mindanao and Constituting the Mindanao Barter Council (MBC).”

Executive Order No. 64, signed in 2018 by President Rodrigo Duterte, hoped to revive barter trading in Mindanao to help promote more economic activities by the Philippines in the BIMP/EAGA region.

EO No. 64 established the MBC to supervise, coordinate and harmonize policies, programs and activities on barter in the southern Philippines.

BIMP/EAGA is a sub-regional pact of economic cooperation established in 1992 by Asean nations in a bid to make the region as an economic power in the map of world trading.

Also discussed as one of the main topics of the inter-agency meeting was the “Outcomes of the Bangsamoro Barter Trade Council (BBTC) IRR Consultations.”
Various consultative dialogues on the barter trade system were conducted in June 8-10, 2022 in Cotabato City, Tawi-Tawi, and Zamboanga City.

Participants in the inter-agency meeting facilitated by MinDA headed by Chairman Mabel Acosta, were key officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) representatives from Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security (CIQS) and other national government agencies .


Highly regarded as a writer, mentor, and a friend to most, we are grateful and honored to have worked with Sir Tony in our efforts to communicate a better, peaceful, and developed Mindanao. READ MORE

On behalf of the Mindanao Development Authority, I am extending my sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Antonio “Tony” Ajero, Editor-in-Chief of Edge Davao and a pillar to the media industry.


“One Mindanao: Bigger. Better. Bolder,”

Mindanao business leaders will gather for the 31st Mindanao Business Conference (Minbiscon 2022) on August 31 to September 2, 2022 in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

MinBizCon 2022 will highlight the need to reinvigorate strong partnership with the business sector in moving Mindanao development forward, said Secretary Mabel Acosta, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

Anchored on the theme, “One Mindanao: Bigger. Better. Bolder,” the business conference is expected to gather over 1,000 business leaders, industry movers, policy experts, enterprising game changers, and various stakeholders in southern Philippines, to discuss ways to harness and develop the immense potential and vast resources of Mindanao. Key national leaders also expected to grace the event to respond to various policy recommendations. READ MORE


Consul General Li Lin headed a delegation composed of representatives from Chinese companies and local overseas Chinese businessmen for a two-day official visit to Bislig City, Surigao del Sur from July 11 to 12. On July 11, the delegation was warmly welcomed by the city government led by Hon. Mayor Enciong Garay upon arrival. Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Mabel Acosta and staff also joined the visit.

In the reception, Consul General Li Lin expressed his deepest appreciation for the hospitality the delegation received. Touring around and conducting site visits at PICOP Area Pier 1 and 2, Bayfront, new coastal road, and local airport enabled him to know more about Bislig. He said that despite the short visit, the beautiful scenery, dynamic economy, and friendly and hospitable local people left a deep impression on the delegation. He further emphasized the consensus of the state leaders of the two countries to have deeper cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure, energy, and humanities. He then introduced the delegation of Chinese companies in detail and hoped that the Consulate General and LGU Bislig could work together to bring more benefits to the two peoples. READ MORE

MinDA Secretary Maria Belen Sunga Acosta

MinDA Secretary Maria Belen Sunga Acosta joined Consul General Li Lin of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Davao and the Chinese Business Delegation during their courtesy visit to Bislig City Monday, July 11.

The visit aims to explore business opportunities in Bislig to complement their initiatives in establishing an economic zone, which is seen to propel socio-economic growth in the area.

Through MinDA’s facilitation and the assistance of the Chinese Consulate General in Davao, the Chinese business community able to link up with the local government unit of Bislig. VIEW VIDEO