President Rodrigo Duterte is optimistic that Mindanao’s abundant resources and dynamic people can contribute to the country’s growth and development.
The President said he believes in Mindanao’s great potential as long as it has the right infrastructure and a sound business environment.
“It is for this reason that the government is aggressively pursuing infrastructure projects in Mindanao,” Duterte said to around 600 business leaders on September 9, during the closing ceremony of the three-day Mindanao Business Conference 2017 held at the Xavier Sports and Country Club, Cagayan de Oro city.
He said the government has allocated funds to build structures to facilitate the transfer of goods and services as well as enhance mobility and connectivity.
The President also announced that the government is actively providing assistance in the production of high value crops, development of agricultural products and marketing of its goods, among others, to secure Mindanao’s important role as the country’s food basket.
“The Color-Coded Agri-Fishery Map is now available to our farmers to help them identify the most suitable crops for their farms…and this will be continuously improved with new data and tools to provide more information for our farmers and fisherfolks,” he added.
Duterte, however, said all efforts to promote business, trade and investment in Mindanao will be in vain if there is no stability and order, as well as just and lasting peace in the island.
He reiterated that the government remains firmly committed to wiping out local terrorists and other threat groups that continue to hinder our peace and development efforts, especially the ISIS-inspired ones who have attempted to take over the City of Marawi.
“The government is now expediting preparatory works for the implementation of the Marawi City Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Plan to see to it that this will really happen,” he said.
In order for the government’s plans for Mindanao and the country to succeed, Duterte asked for the help and participation of the private sector.
“With your cooperation and our people’s support, I am confident that we will create a more prosperous and progressive Mindanao,” the President said. (PIA-10)