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PIA Press Release
2007/04/20

Mindanao Food Congress to marshal poverty-alleviation efforts

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (20 April) -- The 6th Mindanao Food Congress (MFC) is one event that rallies behind the government's priority concern of addressing hunger and poverty in the country.

According to Davao City committee chair on trade, commerce and industry Councilor Peter Laviņa said that the government and private sector combine their efforts to help together more food for the people's food security.

Lavina said as venue of the food congress, the city government of Davao extends full support to the organizers for the players to really come up with concrete and effective tool in sustaining food productivity.

The 6th MFC on July 18-19 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City commits to take the annual policy review, trade promotion and focused gathering to even higher grounds with the theme "Enhancing Food Productivity and Profitability in Mindanao".

It is not only the venue for the usual presentation of industry-wide concerns requiring executive or legislative action from the government but also an endeavor to define specific, double and measurable interventions that the private sector will commit to undertake to complement government efforts.

The concerns will be contained in a consensus-driven Action Agenda and will adopt complementation and collaboration for strategies and future actions in so far as policy initiatives are concerned.

The Congress is also a venue where participants increase their knowledge and awareness on various upcoming technological breakthroughs and emerging markets for various food commodities.

The business enabling information will be presented during the plenary and in the various sector-focused technical sessions.

Aside from the reverse trade fair spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry, the business component of the Congress will be staged through the "Market Link.

Present during the launching of the 6th Mindanao Food Congress and Unveiling of the MFC Logo aside from Councilor Lavina are Mindanao Business Council (MinBC) chair emeritus Sebastian Angliongto, MinBC executive director Jason C. magnaye, Departmemt of Agriculture regional technical director Romulo Falcon, Food Processors Association of Davao president Ma. Cristina Ramos, Medco chair Usec Virgilio L. Leyretana, and vice president for Agribusiness of DCCCII Ferdinand Y. Maranon. (PIA XI) [top]

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