Urdaneta City to forge ahead in 2010, says mayor

January 7, 2010 11:02 pm 

URDANETA CITY, Jan. 7 — The current year will be a good year for the entire city and people, according to Mayor Amadeo Perez Jr.

This is because of the continuously growing business opportunities in the city even if it was among the places devastated by the week-long flood sometime in October last year, he said. <p)With its wider highways, Urdaneta continues to attract investors that now help propel the economy of the city.

Perez stressed that the pompous Christmas celebrations by the residents here was a yardstick that the city had almost fully recovered from their losses wrought by the flood.

It can be recalled that because of the mammoth destruction suffered by the city from last year’s flood, Perez spearheaded the call for the decommissioning of at least the power generation component of the San Roque Multi-Purpose Project in San Manuel town.

But just three months after the calamity, the mayor noted that Urdaneta is again back on its feet and continues to occupy the saddle as the leading city in the Ilocos Region in terms of income.

This year’s budget of the city government totals P506 million, virtually dwarfing the budgets this 2010 of each of the other eight cities in the Ilocos Region.

“I am hoping that harvest will be good this year, especially during the second rice cropping season to assure our farmers a chance to recover whatever losses they had,” Perez said.

Urdaneta produces bountiful rice and vegetables year-round, easily making it as the vegetable basket in the entire Ilocos Region.

Pere said that after the flood, the city government immediately distributed vegetable seeds, certified rice seeds and fertilizer to farmers which they used in replanting their fields. (PNA) LAP/Lvm/lvmicua/rma

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