ALI G. MACABALANG
KIDAPAWAN CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority is pushing for adoption in the Southern Philippines of single digital data on agricultural and fisheries concerns to ensure harmony and swift growth in such sectors, MinDA chief Manny Piñol announced.
Sec. Piñol tags the thrust as “One Mindanao, One Data” (OMOD) program, which he said will cover all provinces in the island region, starting with Misamis Oriental, North Cotabato and Surigao del Sur.
“At 4 a.m. today, I took off from Kidapawan City for an 8-hour journey to Tandag City, Surigao del Sur to launch the digitalization program of the province,” Piñol said on his social media post Tuesday morning.
He said Surigao del Sur would be the third province to adopt the program, following North Cotabato.
The digitalization program was earlier launched in Misamis Oriental, “making history by being the first province to go digital,” recalled Piñol, a staunch advocate for agricultural growth as a vital key to the country’s meaningful progress.
OMOD program is a digital platform that aims to establish a reliable, accurate, and real-time database of Mindanao’s agriculture and fisheries sectors, he said.
It will contain commodities per area, production maps and volume, market information, farmers and organizations’ profiles, demand and supply monitoring, he added.
“The database shall be linked with the MinDA Tienda, an e-commerce platform to increase products’ marketability, ensuring the integration of a complete value chain concept,” Piñol pointed out.
When completed, the OMOD program would digitally connect all provinces in Mindanao and allow easy exchange of information on available supplies and market demand among farmers and market players, he said.
The Philippines is basically an agricultural nation, but only through capacitating farmers’ to get directly involved in the complete value chain will effectively emancipate them from the bondage of the soil, the MinDA chief added. (AGM)