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Mindanao LGUs urged to adopt e-governance to improve efficiency

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 23 Oct) – Local government units in Mindanao must embrace e-governance to increase their efficiency, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair Abul Khayr Alonto said. In his speech during the Livelihood Exchange 2018 and Innovation Summit at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao Monday, Alonto said the government has been banking on e-governance initiatives […]

24-man delegation from Davao to hold biz missions in Malaysia, Singapore

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Sep) – A 24-man delegation from Davao City will hold a five-day business missions in Malaysia and Singapore from September 24 to 29 to create interest on the investment opportunities and tourism activities in the city, particularly to these markets in the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Lemuel […]

Revival of Davao-Manado flights pushed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – The plan to re-establish the Davao City-Manado in North Sulawesi direct air connectivity will strengthen the city’s position as the gateway to the 10-country Association Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) executive director Romeo Montenegro said on Thursday. “It’s a welcome development as we endeavor to […]

Gov’t agencies told to realign budget to fund big ticket projects in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Aug) – National government agencies must realign their budget to fund the 12 identified “catalytic projects” in Mindanao that would prepare the island when the country would shift to the federal government, according to Dr. Adrian Tamayo, public relations head of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). Tamayo said in an interview […]

Palawan must be combined with Mindanao under proposed federal gov’t – MinDA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Aug) – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is pushing for the integration of Palawan to Mindanao as one of its federated regions under the proposed federal government. “Historically, in the ’50s, it was called MinSuPala which stands for Mindanao-Sulu-Palawan. The Palawan people trade more with these areas before,” Dr. Adrian […]

Alonto wants feasibility studies on 12-phase Mindanao Railway started

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 April) — The chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) wants all feasibility studies for the 12 segments of the 1,532-kilometer Mindanao Railway System to be undertaken simultaneously with the construction of the first 102-kilometer segment from Tagum City in Davao del Norte to Davao City and to Digos City […]

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Mindanao needs additional 3,000 MW from 2021 to 2030

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 Apr) – The high growth in real estate industry in Mindanao will require additional capacities of 3,000 megawatts between 2021 and 2030 to prevent shortage that may occur if no new power plants will be established within this period, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) executive deputy director Romeo Montenegro said. In […]

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MinDA’s Alonto hopes for 24% budget for Mindanao, but …

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Apr) – The proposed 2019 budget for Mindanao may increase to 24 percent from the average annual share of 11.45 percent over the past few years, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair Abul Khayr Alonto said. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, however, said that while Mindanao would get a bigger budget, it […]

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Mindanao will receive a bigger budget in 2019 – Dominguez

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 March) — Mindanao will get a bigger share of the national budget for 2019, more than the 11.45% average share in the country’s total budget in the past, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said. Dominguez told the Philippine Economic Briefing at the SMX Convention Center Davao on Friday that the Department […]

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Mindanawons complete JICA-funded resource mgt program

Three representatives from Mindanao recently completed a water resources management course in Japan, one of the programs under the JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program. Makmod Pasawilan of the Mindanao Development Authority, Ardi Abril Layugue of the National Economic and Development Authority Region IX, and Arvilyn Omblero, Iligan City Waterworks System joined 15 other young leaders from […]

Business missions to promote investment opportunities in Mindanao amid Marawi crisis

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will join Philippine investment promotion officials in a series of business missions this year to convey to prospective investors the “current context in the investment opportunities in Mindanao” amid the ongoing Marawi crisis. First on the list is the seven-day investment roadshow in South Korea by […]

Islamic financing eyed for Maranaos affected by clashes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 July) – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said it is planning to propose for institutionalization of an Islamic financing scheme that will support the rehabilitation and recovery of the residents affected by the ongoing clash between government forces and the ISIS-inspired Maute Group in Marawi City. Romeo Montenegro, director for […]

Davao-GenSan-Bitung RORO route to decongest ports in Manila

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 April) – The operation of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung, Indonesia roll on/roll off (RORO) Shipping Service starting on April 30 will decongest port traffic in Manila, an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said. In a press conference on the launch of the Davao-GenSan-Bitung sea route at the Apo View Hotel Davao Friday, […]

Exporters can save 68% of shipping cost with new route to Indonesia

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 April) – Exporters from Mindanao can save up to 68 percent of shipping cost with the new Davao-GenSan-Bitung roll on/roll off (RORO) shipping route, said to be the cheapest and fastest route between Mindanao and Indonesia. Data from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) showed exporters pay a shipping cost of […]

Mexico keen on investing in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 April) – With a growing interest from potential investors, Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena Villaseñor said companies from his country have signified interest in Mindanao to explore new opportunities in agriculture, tourism, hotel, and health. The ambassador said in the “Wednesdays at Habi at Kape” they are particularly interested in Mindanao, […]

Biz leaders to draft Mindanao dev’t plan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 March) – Business leaders from all over Mindanao will draft a comprehensive development plan, a move that is seen to unlock the economic potentials of the island. Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) president Ronald Go said that Davao businessmen, under its former chair John Gaisano, are […]

Mindanao railways to cost $9 billion

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Jan) – The development of the 1,500-km Mindanao Railway System will cost $9 billion (around Php445.3 trillion), the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said. Romero Montenegro, MinDA director for investment promotion and public affairs, said that their consultants are currently finalizing the feasibility study on the railway system that will connect […]

High-level EAGA meeting opens in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA (MinDA) -– Ministers and senior officials of the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) convene here today (Nov. 27) for its largest annual meeting designed to tackle priority programs and socioeconomic projects for the sub-region. Almost 300 delegates from the four member countries are attending the BIMP-EAGA 25th Senior […]

Electricity market needed for expected surplus power in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 October) – Mindanao needs to have an electricity market next year to address the looming power oversupply next year due to the entry of new coal plants before the end of this year. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) officer-in-charge Glenn Reston told reporters during the Energy Smart Mindanao 2016 at the Park Inn […]