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Bulacan eyed as model of industrial development, inclusive growth
Thursday, 07 March 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS – More than 3,500 Bulakeños will bear witness to the birth of a program to make Bulacan a hub of industrialization and model of inclusive economic growth when Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Rep. Joselito Mendoza launch One Bulacan Program for Rapid Industrialization and Development (PRIDE) on March 8 at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium.

One Bulacan PRIDE is anchored on the Aquino administration’s goal of achieving rapid and inclusive economic growth by increasing production and productivity, dispersing economic opportunities, and ensuring that the fruits of economic growth are distributed equitably.

“We want to create new engines of economic growth, and Bulacan will be among the pilot provinces for this initiative,” Ochoa said, adding that the strategy calls for making Bulacan’s economy “vibrant and driven by enterprise and a strong partnership among the national government, local governmnet, and the private sector.”

“Our goal is to make Bulacan a new engine of economic growth,” said Sy-Alvarado, citing Bulacan’s strategic location to help spread industrialization and development in Luzon.

“Tamang-tama ang ating lokasyon. Itinuturing ang Bulacan na Gateway to the North. Kaya ang industriyalisasyong mangyayari sa ating lalawigan ay magpapayabong rin ng ekonomiya ng ibang lalawigan sa Central at Northern Luzon,” he said.

Mendoza said One Bulacan PRIDE will strengthen existing industries in Bulacan and establish new one that will optimize the use of the province’s natural wealth, expand its productive capacity, create jobs and economic opportunities, and increase the incomes of Bulakeños.

Among the projects under the program is the development of the jewelry industry to enable it to compete strongly in the international market. A jewelry-making complex that will serve as a showroom and production facility, and a tourist attraction as well, is proposed to be set up.

To boost Bulacan’s agro-industries, a modern food processing and packaging facility is being eyed in San Rafael and San Ildefonso.

Bulacan is rich in mineral resources, and to optimize their use, the program proposes the establishment of a mineral processing center, along with downstream manufacturing plants, in the northeastern part of the province. Also Pulilan, Plaridel and Baliwag comprise a growth corridor that will be transformed into a highly urbanized district that will also house Bulacan’s business and financial center.

To cash in on the growing tourism industry, the Angat After-Bay Regulator dam is being considered for development into an Eco Park and Water Sports complex.

A Technohub is proposed to be put up in Malolos in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology. It will serve as the nerve center for the development of local technologies to enhance agricultural production and manufacturing and other industries, and for harnessing information and communication technology.

“Napakagandang programa nito kung talagang maisasagawa at kung magtutulungan, palagay ko kayang kaya natin itong matupad, kayang kaya pa nating umunlad,” the governor said. ###

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