On 28 September 2018, Force 21 with two other partners, Tactics SOG and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), a Philippines national government agency had committed to a partnership strengthening engagement in Singapore. The three organizations, having the common interest of sustainable development, has come together to solidify their efforts in realizing an inclusive and more sustainable Mindanao through technological and community development solutions.
The partnership strengthening included executive meetings, joint planning workshop, and a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in hope to support and accelerate the growth of joint initiatives for Mindanao, Philippines. During the event, MinDA has properly presented both opportunities and challenges of this region which is among the fastest-growing in the country, boasting a 14.4% share in the national economy.
However, despite the enormous potential for economic growth, Mindanao is home to three of the five poorest provinces nationwide. This poverty is largely driven by lack of access to basic needs and services. MinDA believes that sustainability and inclusiveness can be achieved through the use of technology and solutions that increase the quality of life, something that Force 21 and Tactics can offer.
The planned joint initiatives are first and foremost directed towards the rehabilitation of Marawi due to the urgency of humanitarian need, and will then be rolled-out to the rest of the region. Opportunities discussed include solutions for access to safe drinking water, urban planning, disaster risk reduction, agriculture and trade, among others.