In efforts to strengthen the link between research and policy formulation in Mindanao, the creation of a knowledge, research, and policy center is being pushed to bolster policy-directed researches, as well as institutionalize development planning, and policy advocacy within the island-region.
Institutional partnerships between the focus areas of the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) continue to expand and diversify with the recently sealed academe collaboration between the Palawan State University (PSU) – Philippines and Jesselton College – Kota Kinabalu.
A production and trading agreement aimed to integrate and scale-up cacao production in Mindanao was sealed here recently between the local government of Marihatag in Surigao del Sur and the Kennemer Foods International (KFI). KFI is a major supplier of US-based Mars chocolate and specializes in growing and trading high-quality agricultural crops including fermented cacao beans.
Members of the Mindanao River Basin-Technical Working Group (MRB-TWG) convened here on Tuesday to review ongoing projects aimed to provide long-term solutions to the flooding within the area and to fast track technical preparations needed to jumpstart the construction and implementation of both structural and non-structural flood control interventions.
Mindanao Development Authority Chair Luwalhati Antonino visits Barangay Pagatpatan in Butuan City to check the natural gas, which comes from the town’s underground water source. The natural gas, believed to be Methane has been utilized as fuel for cooking (inset) by the barangay’s residents in the past two decades.
Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Luwalhati Antonino urged local chief executives in Mindanao to come up with viable eco-tourism development proposals, which can be pushed by MinDA for possible funding from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) board.
“The proposal’s main thrust is to lessen the impact of climate change, with the prime goal of preventing environmental disasters within the region,” said Janet Lopoz, executive director of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).
Mindanao’s total trade last year clinched US$7.6 billion freight-on-board (FOB) receipts which registered a remarkable 15 percent increase despite the natural calamities that hit the island-region’s agricultural lands and production areas in the past two years.
Ecotourism projects aimed to protect endangered marine species and help sustain community-based tourism enterprises are being developed on Turtle Islands, one of the world’s major nesting sites of marine turtles and located in the country’s southernmost frontier.
Mindanao’s state universities and colleges are stepping up efforts in making the island-region and its people more adaptable to climate change by integrating disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM) in their curriculum.