The enterprise development component (IREAP) is currently implementing a total of P116.70-million worth of agri-enterprises including seaweeds as one of the champion commodities in Mindanao. (Photo by Gian Enrique)

Accelerating Development in Mindanao

Date Published: June 19, 2018

The second largest group of islands in the country, Mindanao remains a strong potential to be country’s bastion of food as its land assets are vastly agricultural. Yet, about a third of the country’s poor live in Mindanao – a challenge that both government and private sectors have been trying hard to address for a long time.

Mindanao is rich in cultural heritage with its unique set-up of peaceful co-existence of large populations of tri-people – the Muslims, Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) and the Christians.

Located in the southern part of the Philippines, Mindanao has grown booming cities, competitive rural centers, with stronger urban-rural linkages.

To accelerate its development, the Department of Agriculture has frontloaded funds and projects equitably among the six regions and 27 provinces across Mindanao.

DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project, a World Bank funded project, is one flagship project that has broadly touched-based the grassroots communities and extensively invested in infrastructure and enterprise developments to promote inclusive growth not just to the direct beneficiaries of the project but to the whole community in general.

DA-PRDP in Mindanao has:

  • improved connectivity among remote rural production sites to the markets;
  • increased road networks for faster transport of farm inputs and outputs as well as in the delivery of public services;
  • reduced post-harvest losses;
  • propelled agri-enterprise investments; and
  • introduced innovations to improve agricultural planning and prioritization of investments.

Ensuring Mindanao’s development by enabling farmers and fishers’ organizations and expanding their marketing and economic opportunities benefits the country as a whole. (Sherwin B. Manual/PSO Mindanao)

Click image to WATCH video of DA-PRDP accomplishment in Mindanao as of May 15, 2018.

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