Piñol vows to support MinDA’s new chair

Former Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairperson Emmanuel Piñol has vowed to give his all-out support to the agency’s newly-appointed chair.

In a meeting, he discussed with MinDA Secretary Maria Belen Sunga-Acosta how Mindanao should move forward under her leadership.

Piñol was appointed as MinDA chair on August 5, 2019, but relinquished his post on October 5, 2021, as he took the challenge to run for Senator in the 2022 polls.

“It was a very cordial engagement and meeting of minds where I shared with her what had been started under my two-year stint as MinDA Chairman,” Piñol said.

He also promised that should he win in the coming Senatorial elections, Mindanao will get the support it needs to move forward.

Acosta on the other hand was appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte and took his oath of office on January 13.

Acosta will serve as the eighth MinDA chairperson and the second Mindanaoan female leader to head the agency. The first was Luwalhati Antonino from 2010 to 2016.

As the new MinDA Chair, she will lead in coordinating, harmonizing, and integrating various socioeconomic development efforts for Mindanao with inter-regional, Mindanao-wide, and sub-regional impact.

Secretary Acosta will also act as the Philippine Signing Minister leading the participation of Mindanao and Palawan as the country’s EAGA focus areas in the BIMP-EAGA sub-regional cooperation, given MinDA’s mandate as the permanent Philippine Coordinating Office for BIMP-EAGA (PCOBE) under RA 9996.