Regional council eyes agri-business, eco-tourism for development

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SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Oct. 13 (PIA) — The executive committee of the Regional Development Council here recently approved agri-business and eco-tourism industry as two major projects for area development planning.

According to senior economic and development specialist Raquel Atawe, information officer of the National Economic and Development Authority-Regional Office 1, the council identified the Agno River Basin Watershed-Coastal Area Management Program (IARB-CAM) and the Tri-City Tourism Development within the Lingayen Gulf to better managed local resources and yield higher revenues in the region.

For the IARB-CAM, an inter-regional management program will be created to cover the affected upland, lowland and coastal areas for the Agno River Basin Watershed. Specific and interregional programs/projects in the said areas will be identified and implemented to ensure sustainability of the project in terms of conservation, protection and rehabilitation.

Components of the project for implementation include watershed resources improvement, watershed protection, disaster/hazard mitigation, wetlands and coastal area management, livelihood opportunities, and legislative and policy agenda.

The Tri-City Tourism Development Project will closely link the development and promotion of the tourism destinations in the cities of San Fernando in La Union, and Alaminos and Dagupan in Pangasinan, including adjacent municipalities.

Atawe said that the realization of these two major projects entails a collective and unified support of all stakeholders in the region, both public and private, with NEDA-RO1 overseeing the ultimate implementation of said projects, being the secretariat of the RDC-1. (ANL/JCR-PIA 1 La Union with reports form NEDA-1 by Jennilyne C. Role)

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