Rep. Duterte: Fast track creation of Metro Davao Dev’t Authority

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) — Davao City Representative Paolo Duterte called to fast track implementation of the law establishing the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (MDDA) which was passed just before his father, former President Rodrigo Duterte, stepped down from office in June.

Duterte said MDDA will put in place “efficient, long-term solutions” to challenges amid the “rapid urbanization and progress of one of the fastest growing regional economies in the country.”

“We should not delay anymore the implementation of the law creating the MDDA," Duterte said in a statement. "Metro Davao is seven times the size of Metro Manila and even bigger than the land area of Singapore."

"The MDDA is necessary so that the development plans of the cities and municipalities comprising Metro Davao will move in a synchronized path that is beneficial to all,” he also said.

The congressman added that Metro Davao prompted the pre-pandemic growth of Davao Region to 7% in 2019, making it the country’s third fastest regional economy.

He also cited Philippine Statistics Authority data, saying the region continued its economic expansion at 5.9% amid the pandemic in 2021, which was above the national level.

Duterte, who was one of the principal authors of the MDDA law in the previous Congress, also pointed out that Metro Davao is the “economic and administrative core of the Davao Region and the entire Mindanao.”

According to the lawmaker, the development of Metro Davao requires a “unified approach” to lessen the issues affecting the scattered urban communities.

“We can save Metro Davao from haphazard planning and transform it into a smart, sustainable, and resilient metropolis if the Metro Davao Development Authority can start doing its job,” he noted.

Duterte said the MDDA’s responsibilities and functions are designed to boost Mindanao’s economy, expand job and business opportunities, and improve the delivery of public services in the area.

He said the agency could transform Metro Davao into a “major economic gateway in Asia.”

“Among the key concerns that the MDDA should urgently address is Metro Davao’s infrastructure system, its transportation policies and programs, solid waste disposal and flood control management, water and power supply, and urban planning and shelter concerns,” Duterte said.

The Metropolitan Davao Development Council (MDDC) will serve as the MDDA’s governing board and policy-making body.

The Davao Regional Development Council began drafting the MDDA law’s IRR, initial budget and the MDCC’s staffing pattern in May. The final outputs will be endorsed to the Department of Budget and Management.

The MDDA law was signed by then President Duterte in April, two months before the end of his term.