MinDA Secretary Emmanuel F. Pinol zooms in on agriculture as a key driver to Mindanao's new globalization preparedness, during the 5th Mindanao Policy Research Forum held at Mindanao State University-General Santos City on September 10, 2019. (MinDA)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Sept. 17-- Aiming to ensure Mindanao's productive participation in the new globalization era, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Pinol highlighted the need to capacitate stakeholders, particularly those in the agriculture sector.
In a message during the 5th Mindanao Policy Research Forum, co-organized by MinDA, the Philippines Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), and the Mindanao State University-General Santos, Pinol said that Mindanao still needs to prepare in order to fully benefit from globalization.
"Our agriculture sector can better compete globally if they are well-supported. We need to organize our farmers, and help them modernize. It's the only way we can benefit from globalization," Pinol added.
The Mindanao Policy Research Forum is an annual activity conducted in support to the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), spearheaded by PIDS every September.
DPRM is a whole of government initiative that highlights the importance of policy research in formulating policies and programs that are based on evidence-based studies, and are more responsive to the prevailing trends and challenges of the society.
This year's theme "Navigating the New Globalization: Local Actions for Mindanao" intends to tackle the challenges that come along with globalization, and identify proactive actions to ensure Mindanao's productive participation in the global community.
"We can use globalization to our advantage, such as reaching out to markets that want to buy our agriculture produce. For instance, we can produce high-quality organic rice that will appeal to the international market of health-conscious consumers," Pinol said.
The MinDA Chairman cited the new partnership forged with Papua New Guinea, which is another identified market for Mindanao premium rice. Hong Kong, Middle East, and United States are also market destinations for organic rice currently being sold by the Mindanao-based Don Bosco Multi-purpose Cooperative.
Based on a presentation from PIDS, the key features of the new globalization include worsening inequality, economic restructuring, weakening of social cohesion and trust, and challenges to provision of global public goods.
PIDS President Celia Reyes emphasized that there is a need to have a well-educated workforce, those who can easily adopt to new technologies, if we are to actively take part in the new globalization.
"We must also invest in human capital by improving access to basic education, especially for the indigenous peoples communities to address inequality," Reyes added. (MinDA)