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Go: The city of Davao will bolster Mindanao’s development.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Senator Christopher Lawrence Go said Thursday that the passage of the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (MDDA) will help to boost development in Mindanao.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11708, also known as the “An Act Creating Metropolitan Davao Development Authority,” into law, establishing a special development and administrative territory known as Metropolitan Davao, which includes six cities and nine municipalities.

Davao City and the surrounding cities of Panabo, Tagum, and Samal in Davao del Norte; Digos in Davao del Sur; Mati in Davao Oriental; and the municipalities of Sta. Cruz, Hagonoy, Padada, Malalag, and Sulop in Davao del Sur; Carmen in Davao del Norte; Maco in Davao de Oro; and Malita and Sta. Maria in Da

“Mindanao as a whole will profit from this.” “It is critical that we establish an institution that can coordinate and monitor development efforts and initiatives that address Davao’s difficulties,” Go said in a statement.

As the bill’s author and co-sponsor, the senator promised Mindanaoans that the MDDA will increase coordination among Davao City’s local government units and surrounding areas, resulting in better public service delivery and integrated development planning.

Furthermore, Go stated that MDDA’s services will assist in meeting the city’s and surrounding areas’ rising needs.

He included development planning, transportation management, solid waste disposal and management, urban zoning, land use planning, shelter services, health and sanitation, and public safety as examples.

The Metropolitan Davao Development Council (MDDC), which would be MDDA’s governing board and policy-making body, will be made up of the chairperson of the Regional Development Council-Region 11, the governors of the five provinces, six city mayors, and nine municipal mayors.

MDDA is responsible for consulting, coordinating, and collaborating with local government units, the Regional Development Council of Region 11, national government agencies, people’s organizations, non-government organizations, and the business sector in Metropolitan Davao.

“Aside from what I indicated, the MDDA will also serve as a link between the public and private sectors because one of its mandates is to cooperate with private organizations and businesses in Metropolitan Davao,” Go continued.

Meanwhile, Davao de Oro Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy stated that the formation of MDDA will help the Davao Region better development planning, transportation management, trash disposal, flood control, urban regeneration, zoning, and land use.

“This is completely consistent with our development aims of improving living circumstances and creating new opportunities for the people of our golden province,” Uy added in a separate statement released on Thursday.

Senator Francis Tolentino, for one, believes that the formal foundation of MDDA will result in rapid socioeconomic expansion, urbanization, and long-term development in the Davao region.

Tolentino, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Local Government and the primary proponent of RA 11708 in the Senate, believes that formalizing the MDDA will provide local governments more power and independence from the national government.

He also stated that the MDDA will encourage a long-term and all-inclusive decentralization in the region.

to kickstart a metamorphosis

Deputy Speaker Isidro Ungab of the House of Representatives said the new law would kickstart the Davao Region’s socio-economic change, growth, and development.

Ungab, one of the authors, congratulated Duterte for signing the “landmark legislation” that will help the Davao region thrive and develop.

“I’d want to thank everyone who fought so hard to make this bill a reality, especially Sen. Francis Tolentino, who championed the measure’s approval in the Senate,” Ungab said in a statement on Thursday.

According to RA 11708, Metropolitan Davao consists of Davao City, the cities of Panabo, Tagum, and Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte; Digos City in Davao del Sur; Mati City in Davao Oriental; and the municipalities of Sta. Cruz, Hagonoy, Padada, Malalag, and Sulop in Davao del Sur, Carmen in Davao del Norte, Mac

Ungab also congratulated Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who led the Metropolitan Davao Development Coordinating Group (MDDCC), a special committee under the Regional Development Council-Davao Region, in establishing the MDDA.

Ungab expects better coordination among Metro Davao’s component cities and municipalities in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of priority programs and projects now that the new law has been passed, and that the MDDA Act will ensure a synchronized and unified development in the Davao region.

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