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.
Members of the media in Davao City on July 22 at a forum in Abreeza Mall offered a minute of silence to pay respect to deceased journalist Antonio Ajero. A prominent figure in local media, Ajero was the moderator of MinDA’s Wednesdays @ Habi at Kape Media Forum.
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 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 .
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