Super Region Projects in N. Luzon Discussed; Stakeholders in 4 Regions Hold First Meeting in Dagupan City

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Byline: DEXTER A. SEE

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan - Stakeholders from Regions I, II, III and the Cordillera convened here last week and discussed the on-going projects and future projects that will utilize the vast resources and full potentials of the North Luzon Super Region.

The initial meeting was in response to the call of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for the preparations of development plans for North Luzon, identifying agri-business as its comparative advantage.

The First North Luzon Agri-business Quadrangle (NLAQ) which is led by President-designate Secretary Arthur Yap, was participated in by provincial governors, mayors, and other local leaders.

It was learned that 37 percent of the national rice production comes from North Luzon, while 26 percent of the corn and 65 percent of vegetables are also produced from the area.

Yap said that this advantage can be used to ensure stable food supplies and prices for the Urban Beltway, where 55 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) is produced.

The meeting jumpstarted multi-sectoral collaborations to implement the projects and plans for North Luzon mentioned in the President's State-of-the-Nation Address (SoNA).

The projects for the Cordillera Region include the Benguet cold-chain storage facility and the Cordillera road improvement project (CRIP) with the Halsema highway construction getting top priority. …