Camiguin cites vast ASEAN opportunities, reaps initial gains

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MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, August 30 (PIA)—Increase in tourism by 11 percent, coming in of a fast craft by November and boost of flights from Cebu to Camiguin by December are among the major developments that the provincial government identified as the positive effects of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the province.

 

Mambajao Municipal Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo shared during the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum on August 25 that the province, being able to earn the 10th spot in the most competitive province throughout the country, has remarkably shown economic dynamism.

 

“Economic dynamism means that we are ready in ASEAN and all the country to receive investors in our LGU (local government unit),” the mayor stressed.

 

He further said that if the country wants to be competitive with ASEAN, it should consider an open economy since such will open doors for boundless opportunities especially on generating jobs.

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Provincial developments

 

When it comes to economic opportunities, the mayor shared that they are now expecting a lot of investors coming in to the province including two hotels, supermarket, a drug store and more.

 

They are also repairing the airport’s runway to accommodate the flocking of local and foreign tourists in the area.

 

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Provincial Manager Napoleon Bael said that they are currently accommodating an average of 78 passengers per flight and such number has not decreased even if it’s past the peak season already.

 

Aside from improving the airport and seaports in the area, the provincial government also plans to work on wireless local area networking that will hasten up all sorts of communication in the province.

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Program for the children

 

As to the language proficiency, Romualdo said that they will be opening a speech laboratory on September “to give exact pronunciation and diction; to prepare for ASEAN.”

 

Such laboratories will commence in central schools and by next year, the provincial government is targeting to put up the facility in all schools in Camiguin as well as in the barangays.

 

There will also be health programs to be implemented to further decrease the 4 percent malnutrition of children in the province to at least 1 percent.

 

 

“We have plenty of things to do in Camiguin, so many things to do that every life of the Camiguingnon will be worth for,” Romualdo stressed.(RTP/PIA10)

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