Prior to MINDA’s creation, the office is formerly known as the Mindanao Economic Development Council or MEDCo,  created in March 19, 1992 through EO 512 issued under President Corazon C. Aquino and operationalized under President Fidel V. Ramos.  MEDCo’s goal was to promote and coordinate the active participation of all sectors to effect the socio-economic development of Mindanao through a holistic and integrated approach.

Over the past 18 years it has established its networks which prompted the Mindanao stakeholders to continue the call for the institutionalization of MEDCo into MinDA.

Primarily supported by the Mindanao Lawmakers, the Bill creating the Mindanao Development Authority was approved by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on 17 February 2010 now known as Republic Act 9996. 

The vanguard institution that provides strategic leadership in pursuing a peaceful, integrated and globally competitive Mindanao and ensures that  the benefits of its sustainable development are equitably shared and enjoyed by a culturally-diverse, empowered and united Mindanawons.

Our mission is to serve as Mindanao’s lead agency in coordinating and integrating development efforts that bring about accelerated socio-economic development of Mindanao.  We shall carry out this mission through the active and extensive participation of all sectors in this development process.  We are committed to upholding standards for service excellence, good governance and inclusive leadership in achieving the aspirations and vision of all Mindanawons.

  1. Provide strategic planning and integrated programming of various peace and socio-economic development programs and projects in Mindanao.
  2. Work for inter-regional/Mindanao-wide linkages and synergism of Mindanao stakeholders in pursuing Mindanao’s advocacy agenda.
  3. Ensure the active participation of Mindanao and Palawan in the overall Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) subregional initiative.
  4. Promote and sustain investments in Mindanao as well as mobilize resources and implement key programs and projects that are needed to address the island’s peace and development imperatives.