DavOr develops industries for long-term livelihood

Subscribe Now September 05, 2013 at 09:17am

As the ruins of Typhoon Pablo are kept and rebuilt, the provincial government of Davao Oriental is setting its direction towards developing industries to ensure a long-term livelihood for constituents.

In an interview, Provincial Gov. Corazon Malanyaon banked on the results of the industry study made by USAID Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) to put on the ground industries recommended by some sectors.

USAID GEM recently turned over to Malanyaon two pieces of document of study results entitled The Crop Diversification Options for Davao Oriental Focusing on Baganga, Boston and Cateel and The HV Aquaculture Industry Development Plan.

Pending a review on the study, Malanyaon said the province is “quite ready” for investments on oil palm, rubber and cacao which can be intercropped with other crops.

“I am quite influenced by what I saw in Indonesia and Malaysia. These are the three high yield crops developed in full scale: the rubber, cacao and the oil palm,” she said.

She, however, said that the province still keeps its coconut industry especially in not-devastated areas where “we are trying to enhance our coconut production.”

Malanyaon bared that there are “actual investors” on desiccated coconut production while others are coming to “explore investments in the coconut area.”

On the other hand, Malanyaon geared efforts to strengthen the tourism industry especially now that the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is bound to declare Mt. Hamiguitan as a World Heritage site.

Straddled in San Isidro and Governor Generoso towns and in Mati City, Mt. Hamiguitan treasures endemic flora and fauna, rare insects and birds including eagles.

Expecting the influx of tourists, the provincial government is preparing the visitors management manual to ensure conservation and protection of the area as well as prepare the communities, Malanyaon said.

To establish a groundwork for the expected peak of tourists arrivals, Malanyaon explained that road infrastructures are leading to areas “where we can offer interesting sites.”

The province has established “loops” of tourist sites such as the Cape of San Agustin in Governor Generoso; Dahican in Mati City; the Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, among other sites “and even the Pablo-hit areas can also be an area for tourism.”

Source: pia.gov.ph

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