Thu, 27 Jun 2019

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte (PIA)--- Representing President Rodrigo R. Duterte during the Mindanao Business Conference (Minbizcon), Secretary Datu Abul Khayr D. Alonto of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) pointed out the crucial needs of Mindanao to spur its development.

Speaking at the final plenary of 27th Minbizcon held at Big 8 Corporate Hotel in Tagum City, Alonto said a top requisite to sustain government's momentum towards realizing a much better life for all is the implementation of RA11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 because "people deserve efficient, effective and responsive government services."

Alonto pointed out that all forms of aspired development would sprout from commitments of all agencies of the government including local government units, to implement the new public service law.

Alonto received 17 Resolutions that business people from chambers of commerce in Mindanao passed during this year's gathering.

Giving his full assurance for President Rodrigo Duterte to officially receive the 27th Minbizcon Resolutions, he expressed optimism that the recommendations stipulated would put substance to the overarching goal of the President for people in Mindanao to experience a "comfortable life for all".

"With streamlined government services, we will be able to deliver the promises of this administration to the people, including the rehabilitation of our beloved Islamic City of Marawi," he said.

Alonto pushed for fast-tracked rehabilitation of Marawi City, citing such action to mean realizing "lasting peace in Mindanao".

Having just arrived from Libya when he addressed Minbizcon, Alonto emphasized the crucial need for peace saying "no country could ever progress with the spectre of war always lurking behind their backs".

For Alonto, the drive of President Duterte to change the form of government to federal could provide a remedy "to conflicts and chronic disparities across regions in Mindanao".

Though much remains to be done to take a reverse course towards Mindanao's favor, Alonto said that the election of a President from Mindanao has brought forth a "game changer".

"Finally, we are getting our fair share of the attention that has been denied for us for so long," he said.

He said the administration of President Duterte is committed to provide "significant budget increase" for Mindanao.

Other commitments of Duterte's administration are to lift Filipinos from poverty, especially the Filipino farmers, and to reduce vulnerabilities to natural hazards, through among other means, policy advocacies towards "sustainable management of natural resources".

"We have a President who will not leave anyone behind in this nation's quest for growth, and certainly not Mindanao," Alonto told participants and visitors of the 27th Minbizcon held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. (PIA XI)

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