Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol belongs to a family of farmers whose grandparents migrated to Mindanao from Iloilo shortly after the World War II and settled in M’lang, North Cotabato.
Educated in the public schools, he was the class valedictorian both in elementary grade and high school and went to seven colleges and universities, including a brief stay in a Catholic seminary, before finally dropping out to pursue a career in print and broadcast journalism.
In 1991, he resigned from active journalism as Senior Copy Editor of Tempo newspaper to volunteer as close-in-writer to then presidential candidate Fidel V. Ramos.
He was elected Mayor of his hometown, M’lang, as a late substitute to his ailing father, Bernardo Sr., in 1995 and three years later, he became Governor of North Cotabato.
For nine years, he advocated a market-oriented agriculture and jobs generating governance which pulled out North Cotabato from the ranks of the 10 Poorest Provinces in the Philippines with the poverty incidence of 52% reducing it to only 29% when his term ended in 2007.
When he was Governor, he decided to finish his college degree obtaining it under the Expanded Tertiary Equivalency Accreditation Program (ETEAP). He proceeded to earn a Master’s Degree in Rural Economic Development from the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) and he is now pursuing a doctorate degree.
After unsuccessful comeback bids for Governor in 2010 and 2013, he decided to retire from politics and focused on the effort to convince Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte to run for President.
In 2014, he started engaging Duterte in a series of in depth discussions on the status of Philippine Agriculture, the problems besetting it and ways of improving food production.
Philippine Rural Development Project
The Philippine Rural Development Project is a six-year (6) project designed to establish the government platform for a modern, climate-smart and market-oriented agri-fishery sector. PRDP will partner with the LGUs and the private sector in providing key infrastructure, facilities, technology, and information that will raise incomes, productivity, and competitiveness in the countryside.Development Objectives Within the six-year (6) project intervention, it is expected to provide the following outcomes:
- At least five percent (5%) increase in annual real farm incomes of PRDP in household beneficiaries
- 30% increase in income for targeted beneficiaries of enterprise development
- Seven percent (7%) increase in value of annual marketed output
- Twenty percent (20%) increase in number of farmers and fishers with improved access to DA services
Special Area for Agricultural Development
SAAD is a strategy of the Department of Agriculture to look at the weaknesses of an area in terms of potentials for food production and livelihood programs. It supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s thrust to increase food production and alleviate poverty.
It intends to alleviate poverty through increased food production and productivity in the target areas by providing the appropriate technology, financing, marketing and other support services in order to make the famers and fisherfolk productive and profitable. The Project is targeting individuals, families and organized farmers and fisherfolk, in the target areas. It shall prioritize those who are members of people’s organizations (POs), beneficiaries of DSWDs 4Ps and/or indigenous peoples (IPs).
The CHARMP2 Scale Up is a two year additional financing of development projects to be conducted in the 18 new barangays within the six provinces of the Cordilleras. The Project is a special project under the Department of Agriculture.
The joint IFAD - NEDA Supervision and Implementation Support Mission for CHARMP2 in February 26 to March, 2015 noted the following:
-success in delivery of outputs during the last two years of the Project's implementation (2013 & 2014);
-commitment of national and local authorities to participatory and locally
-driven development models for CAR; and
-support to local economic growth was relevant for poorer households, whose participation has been active and significant.
However, the Mission also noted that:
-outputs have not yet been translated into durable outcomes;
-sustainability of projects results were yet to be assured; and
-development objectives are still to be achieved
Hence, the Mission recommended (i) one year extension without cost (2016) and (ii) an additional financing for two more years (2018-2019) to:
(a) build on recent progress, and
(b) transformation initial results into sustained, long-term benefits for targeted highland communities to expand investment in the poorest areas of the Cordilleras not covered by CHARMP2.