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VP Sara lauds MinDA

February 18, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 218 views

VICE President Sara Duterte lauded the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) for putting Mindanao in the forefront, accelerating inclusive progress, and facilitating sub-regional economic cooperation within the Southeast Asian region.

Duterte was the guest of honor of the Mindanao Development Authority 13th Founding Anniversary held at the Acacia Hotel.

“I am truly proud and honored to be part of this milestone as you celebrate the socio-economic gains of your mission,” Duterte said in her speech.

“And it’s a mission that meant putting Mindanao in the forefront — to accelerate our inclusive progress and facilitate sub-regional economic cooperation with our neighbors in the Southeast Asian region,” she added.

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is Mindanao’s lead agency in coordinating and integrating development efforts that bring about accelerated socio-economic development of Mindanao.

Prior to MinDA’s creation, the office was formerly known as the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo) which was established through Executive Order 512 in 1992.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act 9996 mandating the creation of the Mindanao Development Authority in 2010.

As a Dabawenya and someone coming from Mindanao, Duterte said she is proud and honored as this “comes from a place called home.”

MinDa, as an institution, Duterte added, is an acknowledgment that Mindanao is more than a stage for deadly wars, a breeding ground for terrorist groups, a place where bombs explode and kill hapless civilians, an island of discontent, rebellion, and constant power outages despite being a host to hydropower plants.

“There were times when bombs were exploding in some parts of Mindanao and communities have turned into ghost towns — and yet, MEDCO people, and then later, MinDa people, were talking nonstop about Mindanao being an investment hub for the BIMP EAGA Region,” Duterte said.

“Mindanao. Investment hub. It has become their mantra, and it should become our mantra as Mindanawons,” she added.

MinDA Chairperson Maria Belen Acosta thanked Duterte for providing MinDA a space at the Office of the Vice President Central Office in Mandaluyong City for the institution to have a liaison office in Manila.