P12-M “road to economic dev’t” reported 55% complete in Lanao del Norte

September 7, 2009 11:06 pm 

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 8 -– The ground works of P12 million farm-to-market road went into high gear in Sultan Naga Dimaporo town in Lanao del Norte as it is now 55 percent complete.

The project, called “road to development” which started in February 2009, is vital for in the transport of farm products.

In the project, the Department of Agriculture (DA) shared P10 million fund while the Lanao del Norte gave the P2 million as a counter part.

According to a report from the Provincial Engineer's Office in Lanao del Norte, of the two-kilometer project, 1.2 kilometers will be concreted and the rest is for re-graveling. It covers from the junction of Poblacion, National Highway to Barangay Maguindanao in Sultan Naga Dimaporo leading to the Provincial Hospital and will be completed by the end of the year or early part of next year.

Lanao del Norte Gov. Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo pushed for the early completion of the project so that residents and farmers will have access to commercial and business centers in nearby municipalities and cities.

“Economic progress and quality of life will improve while farmers will have ease in transporting their products to its prospective clientele,” Gov. Dimaporo said.

In another economic development, the rich aquatic resources around Lanao del Norte has been seen as a potential for business ventures and other investment opportunities, especially for foreign investors.

Tapped for its economic viability as documented and examined by the Northern Mindanao Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Provincial Agriculture's Office in Lanao del Norte, the Illana, Panguil and Iligan Bays were visited last week by the Taiwanese investors to personally check the area.

Roy Fong and his brothers, Jerry and Rey, together with their private consultant Drexel J. Marquez, Mariculture Consultant Perfecto Orbeta, heeding the request of 2nd District Representative Abdullah D. Dimaporo and Governor Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo, check the beauty and bounty of the province for the establishment of Mariculture Parks/ Zones on the bays.

The investors found the three bays suited to culture high value commercial fishes and crustaceans such as grouper, wrasse fish, sea bass, sea mantis, sea cucumber, lobster, crabs and prawns which are of high demand in Taiwan, China and other countries where high value fishes are a rarity.

Based on the survey, a proposal was made by the provincial government to develop a Mariculture Park/ Zone which will cover 5-10 percent of the total marine area covering 10 coastal municipalities in Panguil and Iligan Bays. (PNA)

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