Philippines

Sta. Ana Wharf, Davao
Sta. Ana Wharf, Davao

Prior to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Philippines’ economic growth had averaged 6.4% annually from 2010 to 2019, with private consumption, investment, and services as major growth drivers.

In 2020, however, gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 9.5% and the country registered its first recession since the Asian Financial Crisis in 1998.

Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government expects to keep infrastructure spending close to the 2018 level, which reached nearly 5% of GDP, over the next few years with the wide array of priority projects under the "Build, Build, Build" program.

In the Philippines, BIMP-EAGA covers the entire island of Mindanao and the island province of Palawan.

Mindanao and Palawan are part of the Greater Sulu–Sulawesi Corridor (GSSC), which also includes North Sulawesi in Indonesia and Sabah in Malaysia.

BIMP-EAGA Officials and Contacts in the Philippines

BIMP-EAGA Signing Minister
Ms. Maria Belen "Mabel" Sunga Acosta
Secretary and Chairperson
Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)

Senior Official
Mr. Abdulgani Macatoman
Undersecretary 
Department of Trade and Industry

National Secretariat
Ms. Janet Lopoz
Undersecretary and Executive Director
Mindanao Development Authority

Mr. Romeo Montenegro
Assistant Secretary and Deputy Executive Director
Mindanao Development Authority

Mr. Jonathan Miral 
Development Management Officer V (Division Chief)
International Relations Division
Mindanao Development Authority