THE CITY OF DAVAO – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) revealed that with the series of visits to Zamboanga del Norte, they found that the province’s Spanish sardine industry would help reduce the incidence of poverty and improve people’s lives.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, MinDA Secretary Emmanuel PiÃ±ol noted that Zamboanga del Norte has a coastline of 500 kilometers facing one of the country’s richest fishing grounds, the Sulu Sea where the ” Tamban “or sardines leap to shore just after a closed three-month fishing season that runs from December to the end of February each year.
âI have always believed that the level of incidence of poverty is the best barometer of effective governance, but at the same time, I am convinced that empowerment and capacity, rather than distributions, should be the policy. director for the fight against poverty, âhe declared.
PiÃ±ol said a target has been set for Zamboanga del Norte to be removed from the list of the country’s 20 poorest provinces in five years.
âThis is the formula we will adopt: identify the strengths of a region, develop and strengthen it and set a target and a timetable. It will be the same formula that we will use to enter the ring in the fight against poverty in the other provinces of Mindanao â, he added.
As chairman of MinDA, he urged agency workers to focus on the incidence of poverty in different provinces, even as they pursue projects as expensive as Mindanao’s rail system, economic zones and others.
âDiscover the strengths and resources of each province and use them as a foundation to build a people-based economy that could withstand the changing political sands. It was my marching order to the MinDA staff, âPiÃ±ol said.
âI decided to establish a MinDA satellite office in Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte because I think if we really want to fight poverty, we have to jump in the ring and fight,â he added.
He said that making bottled Spanish sardines, which is of a higher quality compared to canned sardines in tomato sauce, has long been a domestic industry in the province, but the lack of market access for fishing families has kept her from reaching her full potential in improving people’s lives.
“The objective now is to organize the wives and girls of fishermen and improve their skills in making Spanish sardines while supporting them with the equipment and basic infrastructure for the industry”, a- he declared.
PiÃ±ol also revealed that the wife of the governor of Zamboanga del Norte, Roberto Uy, the former mayor of the city of Dipolog, Evelyn Uy, had already provided the model because she had succeeded in organizing the women of Dipolog into a team of Spanish production of Sardines.
âShe set up the processing plant as well as the equipment and provided them with everything needed to produce bottled Spanish sardines which she buys and sells at a hungry market. MinDA will work there with the help of other government agencies, including its ODA (Overseas Development Assistance) partners who have been involved in peace and development efforts in Mindanao, âhe added. .
He is also committed to helping poor fishing families in coastal areas, as MinDA will develop programs for those living in agricultural areas and highlands of the 700,000 hectare province.
PiÃ±ol also said tree growing, along with high-value products like cocoa, coffee, mango, abaca and others, could also help alleviate poverty in the province’s hinterland. .
âIn our consultative meetings with the leaders of the province, it was agreed that MinDA will partner with the local government unit to implement these programs,â he said. (ANP)