Dev’t in Mindanao seen after CRDA consultation — TESDA

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Regions 9, 10 and 12 can now expect development following the successful consultation for the Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda (CRDA) in the region, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said on Wednesday.

TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling Mamondiong said the program would help uplift the lives of the residents in the region and other conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.

Last October 29, President Rodrigo Duterte launched the CRDA program in Mindanao.

Areas that would benefit from CRDA are the towns of Jolo (Sulu), Bongao (Tawi-Tawi), and Marawi City (Lanao del Sur), as well as the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.

Aside from ARMM areas, other beneficiaries of the initiative are: Region 9 – Zamboanga City, Ipil (Zamboanga Sibugay), and Pagadian (Zamboanga del Sur); Region 10 – Tubod (Lanao del Norte) and Lanao del Norte province; and, Region 12 – Isulan (Sultan Kudarat) and the cities Kidapawan (North Cotabato), Koronadal (South Cotabato) and General Santos City.

The second phase of CRDA would involve infrastructure development while the third phase would focus on economic development.

Mamondiong said that various government agencies are helping the poor residents of Mindanao.

Through the CRDA, the national government could easily identify the projects needed to be funded for the region under the General Appropriation Act from 2016 to 2022.

Among the government agencies coordinating with the CRDA are the local government units heads/representatives; provincial/municipal/city planning officers; provincial/municipal engineers; civil society organizations/people’s organizations; ARMM region heads and counterpart; concerned national government agencies/inter-agency; industry groups; TVET association/academe; regional provincial TESD committees; TVET partners and stakeholders, media partners, among others. (PNA)