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Sara invites BIMP-EAGA-Japan to explore Mindanao, Davao

 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

PHIVOLCS: No tsunami threat in Mindanao after 7.1-magnitude quake

 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

TYPHOON UPDATES: Vicky brings floods in Caraga towns, cities

RISING WATER. Authorities are closely watching the increase of the water level at Agusan River in Butuan City, as TD Vicky continues to bring heavy rains and strong winds in the area and the nearby towns in Agusan del Sur. Local governments in Caraga Region activated their respective disaster management councils to respond to the flooding and other effects of the inclement weather. (PNA photo by Alexander Lopez)

Rescue operations still ongoing in several towns

 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

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12 BIFF militants yield to Army in Maguindanao

RIGHT DECISION. Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy (left), commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, checks one of the rifles that Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters surrenderers turned in to the Army in Maguindanao on Friday (Nov. 13, 2020) as Army 33rd Infantry Battalion commander, Lt. Col. Elmer Boongaling looks on. Uy said the rebels made the right decision to peacefully surrender and live normal lives. (Photo courtesy of 6ID)

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

8 Cotabato Towns Eyed For Hass Avocado Project

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!

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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.

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According to MinDA Chairman Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, the council aims to come up with interventions that will benefit the people.
“In every development done for the Asik-Asik Waterfalls, the communities around it should be involved in every step of the way,” he added.
Some of the initial action items identified by the council include an inventory and profiling of the actual occupants living in the vicinity of the falls.
Previous environmental management plans will be revisited which will serve as a basis in forming a comprehensive watershed development plan specifically for the Asik-Asik waterfalls and its surrounding communities.
The DENR will spearhead reforestation efforts in denuded areas through the National Greening Program wherein cash crops will be prioritized to integrate livelihood opportunities.
Concerns on land tenure will be under the supervision of DAR while FPE and MinDA will be providing technical assistance for social preparation activities as well as sourcing of funds and other assistance needed by the council.
An executive order will be issued to formalize the creation of the council according to Mayor Sacdalan.
The Asik-Asik Falls is known for its water which gushes out of the sides of a cliff which showers to the headwaters of Libungan River in Cotabato and then flows down to the vast Liguasan Marsh. It was also featured in the first episode of My Mindanao, an online web series by MinDA that promotes the beauty and bounty of the island-region. (MinDA)
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