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PINOL IN 2022 SENATE RUN: Gives Out Last Minute Instructions To MinDA Working Group

Yesterday, Oct. 4, one day before the effectivity of my resignation as Chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), I met with the key officers face-to-face and the staff, virtually, to give them my last guidance and directives.

There was pain in my heart as I said goodbye to the hardworking staff of about 160 operating all over Mindanao with a measly P178-M annual budget.

“Political appointees like me come and go but what is important is that we have set a clear direction for MinDA to pursue,” I told the staff.I emphasized that in the two years and 2 months that I served as Chairman of MinDA, we have set clear directions of where Mindanao should go as we battle the challenges brought about by the COVID 19 Pandemic.Food Production, Poverty Alleviation, Preserving the Peace Gains and Restarting the Economy Post-COVID 19 remain the clear objectives of MinDA. READ MORE

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Piñol resigns from MinDA to seek Senate seat

The President's Men and Women: Manny Piñol - For the love of agriculture -  Arangkada Philippines

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has resigned from his post to run as a senator in the 2022 elections.

In a Facebook post on Monday (Oct. 4), Piñol said he tendered his resignation to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte effective Oct. 5 and “thanked him for the opportunity to serve the country.”

“Today, I have reached a decision to vie for a seat in the Philippine Senate to pursue my advocacy to help the Filipino farmers and fishermen become more productive while at the same time ensuring food security and economic prosperity in the country,” he said.

Piñol served as Agriculture Secretary from June 30, 2016 to Aug. 5, 2019, and as Chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority from Aug. 5, 2019 to Oct. 5, 2021.

In a text message to the Philippine News Agency, Piñol said he will file his candidacy on Oct. 8.

“I am heeding the call of the agriculture and fisheries sector to be their voice in the Senate and to stand up and ensure their well-being against the deluge of anti-agriculture policies and legislations which had made life difficult for them,” he said.

Piñol, who will run under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), said his friendship with Duterte would remain “steadfast” and will never be affected by politics.

He recalled that in May 2016, shortly after Duterte’s win, the president’s close-in aide and now senator, Christopher Lawrence Go, asked him what Cabinet position he wanted to occupy in the Duterte administration.

“Does my resignation and decision to run for a Senate seat outside of the party of President Duterte mean that I am parting ways with him or I am turning my back on him? No, never,” he added.

“Our mission is clear and precise, let us turn the Philippines into a major producer in Agriculture and Fisheries in this part of the world while at the same time create income and job opportunities so that our loved ones do not have to leave home to find work abroad,” he added. (PNA) – bny

Lanao town builds solar-powered irrigation, water supply systems

A long dream come true

By Ali G. Macabalang

SOLAR-POWERED IRRIGATION AND WATER SUPPLY. Taraka Lady Mayor Nashiba Gandamra-Sumagayan, Vice Mayor Odin Sumagayan, Lanao del Sur Gov. Mamintal “Bombit” Adiong, MinDA Chair Emmanuel “Manny” Pinol and DBP president Emmanuel Herbosa flashing festive hands’ signs after planting the construction time capsule

Amid anxieties in the global Coronavirus pandemic, on one hand, and jubilation for the 2nd founding anniversary celebration of the Bangsamoro autonomy region, on the other, local officials alongside higher authorities have begun constructing six units of Solar-Powered Irrigation System (IPIS) and a water supply system to magnify rice production and end as well residents’ risky drinking of untreated river water.

“This is a long dream come true,” Mayor Nashiba Sumagayan said in an emotional speech at the groundbreaking rite here on Thursday, January 21 for the construction of the facilities funded by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and brokered by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). READ MORE

Portion of Taraka River and the aerial view of the construction site,

Piñol seeks amendment to Rice Tariffication Law

To assure that the market will not be flooded with imported rice during harvest time

 January 6, 2021

DAVAO CITY – Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is seeking an amendment to the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) to assure farmers that the market will not be flooded with imported rice when they harvest.“Earlier today (Wednesday), local radio station DXND… Read More

MANNY PINOL: AGRI, RURAL DEVELOPMENTKEY TO RESILIENT ECONOMY

There is one thing I love about a long road trip- it freshens my mind and gives me so much time to ponder on very important issues.

These travels allow me to realize that we are a country of ironies, what with the pervasive poverty in the countryside while wide swathes of fertile land lay idle.

It is so unthinkable that 124 years after our nationhood, there are still areas in the country where up to 70% of the people are living below the poverty threshold.

Some will blame this pathetic state to corruption, conflicts and lack of competent leadership. I am just a farm boy but I believe that the above-mentioned problems are just exacerbating factors to the pitiful state that we are in as a nation.

Remember when we were young and our grade school teacher asked us: “What would you like to be when you grow up?”We knew what we wanted to be: a pilot, an engineer, a lawyer, a mayor and even a president.

Of course, we did not all become what we wanted to be as a child. Fate and queer events led some of us to where we are now.

I became a politician when my father, Bernardo, fell ill in the homestretch of his campaign for the mayorship of my hometown in M’lang, Cotabato and I was called home from Manila to take over his candidacy.

That opened the doors to a new career – public service – which I later realized was what made me happy and defined me as a person.

This leads us to the realization that until today, we have failed to come up with an answer to the question of “What do we want to be as a nation?”

We are suffering from a national identity crisis because we have not fully figured out what we would like the Philippines to be.

We are consumed by our obsession to be like our neighbors.

“Look at Vietnam, Look at Thailand, Look at Malaysia, Look at Singapore, Look at Japan, Look at South Korea,” are the oft-repeated lines of our development planners.

Why don’t we look at ourselves and ask: What do we want the Philippines to be?

Let us be our own model, let us weave our own story and craft a national development plan based on what we have and our strengths as a nation.

Look at these ironies: – We are surrounded by the sea and yet we import fish. – We host the world’s foremost rice research institution and taught others how to plant rice but we are the world’s No. 1 rice importer.

The COVID 19 pandemic could prove to be the “queer event” which could help us determine who and what we should be as a nation.

Realization #1: We have to be a food producing nation because we have the resources. COVID 19 showed that the global supply chain could be disrupted by “queer” events. We cannot rely on importation. In fact, if only we invest more in rural development, agriculture and fisheries, we could be a major food producing country in this part of the world.

Realization #2: We have to develop our local economy by using our resources – human and natural – to support processing and manufacturing industries. Let us stop selling iron ores. Instead, let us develop our own steel industry. Let us not waste efforts in enticing foreign investors to come. They could be influenced by geo-politics and leave anytime just like what is happening in China now.

Realization #3: We cannot be a Service Economy because as COVID 19 has shown a pandemic or a conflict could lead to the collapse of the economy of nations engaging our workers’ services. We have to realign our educational program to this reality.

Realization #4: And finally, let us stop dreaming of manufacturing airplanes or cars. We are too far behind in those fields. Let us do what we know best like producing food, building boats and ships, tractors and farm machinery, medical supplies and others using our local resources.

With all these, the Philippines could stand out and be identified as a self-reliant country and major powerhouse in food production where every family forms part of the foundations of a national economy built on its rich natural and Human Resources.

This is the Philippines that I dream of and wish to be part of.

The Pandemic has taught us a lot of lessons which could be easily read and understood by a mind free of greed.If we still could not learn from these lessons then we are damned as a nation.

DA, MinDA break ground for P14-M food terminal in Bukidnon

FOOD TERMINAL. With Northern Mindanao’s tallest peak, Mount Kitanglad, in the background, officials of the Department of Agriculture and Mindanao Development Authority lead the groundbreaking for the PHP14 million food terminal in the Bukidnon town of Talakag on Thursday (Dec 10, 2020). The facility in Brgy. Miarayon is designed to store harvested crops by farmers to avoid profit loss during seasonal changes. (PNA photo by Nef Luczon)

 December 11, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) broke ground for PHP14 million food terminal in the Bukidnon town of Talakag on Thursday.

DA-Region 10 (DA-10) Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga said the facility will include cold… Read More

MANNY PINOL: THE REALITIES OF POLITICS AND SENATE 2022

About two months ago, I saw a new Facebook page started by a young and idealistic farmer from Zambales calling on me to vie for a seat in the Senate in 2022.

Today, that page has reached 30,000 members and it would be totally insensitive for me not to acknowledge this movement and thank young farmer Gabriel Hebron Francisco for believing in my capabilities as a farmer leader and agriculture advocate

Doon sa mga nagdududa na pakana ko ang Facebook page na yan, wala po akong kinalaman dyan.

I don’t know Gabriel Hebron Francisco personally and I have not even exchanged messages with him but I checked his page and validated that he is a real young farmer

.Ang paghimok sa akin na tumakbong Senador ay nagsimula pa noong 2018.In fact, binibiro na nga ako noon ni Pangulong Rody Duterte na mag Senador.

Pero buo po ang aking pasya na manatili bilang kalihim ng Agrikultura sapagkat yon talaga ang pangarap ko na merong totoong magsasaka na mamumuno sa Dept. of Agriculture.

Nagbago po yan noong isabatas ang walang limitasyong importasyon ng bigas through the Rice Tariffication Law na mahigpit kong tinutulan.

Maliwanag po ang aking posisyon sa isyu ng RTL: Let us import a volume enough to fill the shortfall and to establish a buffer stock and reject the idea of “unimpeded rice importstion.”

Bagamat naipasa ang RTL at sa simula ay sinubukan kong suportahan maski labag sa aking kalooban, doon nagsimula ang hidwaan namin ng mga Economic Managers na syang naging dahilan ng aking pagbibitiw bilang Agriculture Secretary.

Masaya po ako sa aking bagong tungkulin bilang Chairman ng Mindanao Development Authority.Bagama’t kapiranggot ang budget (P176-M budget ng MinDA kumpara sa P70-B ng DA), marami pa rin kaming nagagawa..I am writing this post to acknowledge the movement started by Gabriel Hebron Francisco.This does not mean, however, that I am convinced.

There are realities in politics that we have to consider, one of which would be the logistics needed for a nationwide campaign which I obviously don’t have.

Wala tayong yaman na puede iwaldas sa pangangampanya sa politika.Ang aking position as Chairman of MinDA is a fixed 6-year term which ends August 2025.Besides, there is a big part of me that prefers the peace, serenity, quiet and comfort of my farm

.Pero, sige lang magpatuloy lang kayo at magmamasid at makikinig lang ako.In the meantime, I will continue with my work as MinDA Chairman.

This early, isang taos-pusong pasasalamat na ang aking ipinapaabot sa inyo, lalo na sa batang magsasaka na si Gabriel Hebron Francisco ng Zambales.

Ipapaubaya ko sa Panginoon ang paglalatag ng landas na aking tatahakin sa nalalabi pang mga taon sa aking buhay.Kung ano man ang loobin Nya, ako’y susunod at tatalima

.Isa lang ang lagi kong nasa isip: God’s greatest glory is man fully alive!