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Duterte names Davao City councilor to head MinDA

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MinDA Secretary Maria Belen Sunga Acosta

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed a Davaoeña to head of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) to a six-year term.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, who also hails from Davao, said Wednesday, January 12 the president signed on January 6 the appointment of Davao City councilor Maria Belen Sunga Acosta to the post vacated by former MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol last November.

Acosta, a former teacher and news anchor of ABS-CBN Davao, is Davao City councilor and long-time friend of the Duterte family.

Her political career serving as councilor started in 2011.

Nograles said Acosta is fit the job to continue the programs and projects of her predecessors.

In her new role, Nograles believes Acosta could steer the agency in pursuing socio-economic growth for Mindanao.

Acosta is the eighth to chair MinDA, created through Republic Act 9996 or the Mindanao Development Authority Act of 2010 as the socio-economic arm of Malacanang. – The Sun Monitor

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