Infra sector supports development of agriculture, industry, tourism in Ilocos

February 24, 2011 11:58 am 

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Feb. 24 — The infrastructure sector in the Ilocos Region shall focus on providing adequate and reliable infrastructure support for agriculture, industry, tourism and human resources development for the next six years.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said, as envisioned in Chapter 4 of the Medium Term Regional Development Plan (MTRDP) for 2011-2016, the infrastructure support for the various sectors shall be provided in accordance with appropriate design standards, plans and specifications.

At the same time, the transportation subsector will put up more alternate and access roads and bridges to improve access to ports and airports to effect reliable inter-modal transport system.

These roads will also serve as alternate routes in case of road cuts due to massive flooding and landslides.

NEDA said this subsector will likewise improve and maintain key inter-regional roads to perk up economic activities between and among neighboring regions.

Meanwhile, the power subsector is expected to provide adequate power supply for agriculture, tourism, commercial and residential use.

Alternate power supply facilities such as solar power projects are also expected to provide power in remote and upland areas.

The construction of flood control structures including dredging of rivers form part of the strategies for water resources subsector in the MTRDP 2011-2016 to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change in the farm production of the region.

Repairs of typhoon-damaged irrigation systems as well as the generation of new irrigation areas are expected to contribute much in the increased production of rice to maintain sufficiency and improve food security of the region, the NEDA said.

For social infrastructure projects, school buildings and hospitals are targeted to be upgraded through the collaborative efforts of local government units, government agencies and the private sector.

These projects are expected to improve the region’s achievement rating on the Millennium Development Goals, particularly on Improving Child and Maternal Health (Goals 4 and 5) and in combating HIV/AIDS diseases (Goal 6).

These strategies and infrastructure projects are geared towards achieving sustained economic growth, employment generation, improvement in health and education facilities for better quality of manpower and build capabilities for resilient communities. (PNA)

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