42% hike in 2013 MinDa budget OKd

Karlos Manlupig
The Mindanao Development Authority's approved P85 million budget will go towards funding integrated planning, policy advocacy and program development in one of the poorest regions of the country

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Senate Finance Committee approved a proposed P85 million budget for the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) for 2013, a government official said. 

The new budget is 41.7% higher the 2012 budget and represents a sizable new slug of funds for MinDA, which is the primary development planning institution in one of the poorest regions in the country.

MinDa chair Luwalhati Antonino noted in a statement that the approved budget is significantly higher than the P60 million budget for this year.

She said the funds would be earmarked “mainly for integrated planning, policy advocacy and program development services.”

Antonino added that the creation and construction of area management offices in identified clustered regions will be prioritized.

The requested budget will also be utilized to complete the reorganization and staffing program of the area offices.

MinDa explained that these projects are aimed at effectively responding to inter-regional and island-wide needs for coordinated activities and programs. The agency strives to take an integrated approach to development. 

Using a cohesive approach, MinDa is integrating Mindanao’s agenda with the existing national government policies and projects, Antonino said.

MinDa declared that its major projects will continue to include Support for ARMM Reform Agenda, Mindanao Research and Policy Agenda, Mindanao Power Development, Mindanao Nurturing Our Waters Program, Mindanao Peace and Development Security Cooperation, and Investment Facilitation.

“Under its strengthened mandate, MinDA endeavors to face up to the challenge of seeing to it that efforts are exerted to address the imperatives for Mindanao’s development,” the chair added. –