March 25, 2021
DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has invited Japanese investors to have a closer look at this city and the entire Mindanao as possible investment destinations.In a video message during the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)-Japan Investment… Read More
January 22, 2021
DAVAO CITY – Following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Davao Occidental and other parts of Mindanao on Thursday night, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-Phivolcs) said there is no destructive tsunami threat.At around 8:23… Read More
December 18, 2020
BUTUAN CITY – Heavy rains caused by the onslaught of Tropical Depression (TD) Vicky has caused flooding in several towns and cities in Caraga Region.The City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) here said it is also closely monitoring the water level at Agusan River.As of 2… Read More
Combination of military operations and community engagements led to the surrender of the terrorists.
November 14, 2020
COTABATO CITY – At least 12 members of the local terrorist group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), have surrendered to the Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) and the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (ID) in Maguindanao, the Army said Saturday. The former Moro rebels under the… Read More
By Manny Pinol
!Eight areas in my home province of North Cotabato have been identified as potential production sites for the high-value Hass Avocado as part of the Environmental Farming Program advocated by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).
The City of Kidapawan and the towns of Makilala, Magpet, President Roxas, Antipas, Arakan, Alamada and Banisilan have high elevation areas which experts say is most ideal for growing Hass Avocado.
Since my eldest daughter, Dr. Maria Krista Piñol-Solis who is now a Board Member, is the Chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture, I will craft the program for North Cotabato which she could introduce to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Governor Nancy Catamco.
With the aid of digital technology, high elevation areas in the province which would be ideal for Hass Avocado farming will be identified. Owners of these areas will then be notified and asked if they are interested in the program after which they will be organized into an association.
All those who will participate in the program will be included in a Database which will include the exact location and size of their farms.Before the start of the program, a market linkage will be established through a marketing agreement after which the Provincial Government will undertake a training on Hass Avocado farming and financial literacy
.As soon as these are completed, the financing partner of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the Development Bank of the Philippines, will be brought in to provide financing for the program.
(Mr. Pinol is the chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA))
Protecting the Environment for the People!
A working group focusing on the protection of the Asik-Asik Falls in North Cotabato was created February 20, 2020 in Davao City.
The Alamada Watershed Council is comprised of the local government unit of Alamada led by Mayor Jesus Sacdalan, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE), the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Mindanao River Basin Council.