By Antonio L. Colina IV
Davao City – Former Basilan governor Abdulgani “Gerry” A. Salapuddin vowed to revitalize the Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA), a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) tasked to implement socio economic development projects in Mindanao.
In his acceptance ceremony at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao on Thursday, the newly appointed administrator and chief executive officer of SPDA said he will improve the structure of the agency to ensure that it lives up to its mandate of pursuing projects that make Mindanao the “southern frontier, not the southern backdoor.”
“I envision SPDA to be a strong performing GOCC that can truly transform the socioeconomic landscape of Mindanao pursuant to advocacy and to the dream of the President to make Mindanao southern frontier, not the southern backdoor,” Salapuddin.
Among the functions of the SPDA include initiating development and business projects of corporate and economic nature, whether in agriculture, power, infrastructure, energy, public utilities, land development, manufacturing, exploration an utilization of natural resources and other field or projects; and making investments in any field that will enhance the economic development in the region.
Mandated by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to ensure provinces and cities of Mindanao are not left out, Salapuddin said they commissioned a group of architects, engineers, and economists to craft master development plans for the existing properties of SPDA in Mindanao.
The plans will contain what viable projects that will generate income for government will be implemented in the SPDA-owned properties, he said.
He said he wanted to improve the lapses of the previous SPDA administrators for not being able to implement projects that generate income for the government.
“And hopefully we can deliver,” Salapuddin.