Metro Davao Development Authority bill waiting for Duterte’s signature

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THE enactment of the bill establishing the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (MDDA) is now waiting to be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, the bill's author said.

In a text message to SunStar Davao on Tuesday, March 8, House Deputy Speaker and Davao City Third District Representative Isidro Ungab said that Senate House Bill (HB) 8930, establishing MDDA, was already transmitted to the President.

"Ready na (It is ready) for signing anytime this month," Ungab said.

The lawmaker declined to provide further details, saying he will wait for the bill to be signed before he issues it.

Ungab previously said that he hopes that the MDDA bill will be signed into law before Duterte steps down from the presidency by the end of June 2022.

Senate HB 8930 was approved on third and final reading in June this year.

Prior to that, HB 8930 was passed by the House of Representatives on March 25, 2021.

According to Ungab, HB 8930’s principal author and sponsor at the Lower House, the creation of MDDA, consisting of six cities and nine municipalities in the Davao Region and shall be known as Metropolitan Davao, is in response to the fast growth and peculiar urbanization of the region.

Metropolitan Davao will include Davao City; the cities of Panabo, Tagum and Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte; Digos City in Davao del Sur; Mati City in Davao Oriental; and the municipalities of Sta. Cruz, Hagonoy, Padada, Malalag, and Sulop in Davao del Sur, Carmen in Davao del Norte, Maco in Davao de Oro, and Malita and Sta Maria in Davao Occidental.

Ungab noted that the MDDA creation is one of the initiatives of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, being the head of the Metropolitan Davao Development Coordinating Committee (MDDCC), a special committee under the Regional Development Council-Davao.

The legislator noted that the creation of MDDA will assure stronger coordination among Metro Davao’s component cities and municipalities in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of priority programs and projects.

Ungab is confident that with the MDDA creation, the need for a synchronized and unified development in the Davao region will now be addressed.

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