Aurora Province's 'Enormous Potentials' Cited at Clark Summit; It's an Investment Haven Waiting to Be Tapped, Governor Says

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Aurora Province's 'Enormous Potentials' Cited at Clark Summit; It's an Investment Haven Waiting to Be Tapped, Governor Says


CLARK FREEPORT -- "An investment paradise waiting to be tapped. "

This was the message the Aurora Investment Summit conveyed to prospective investors and entrepreneurs, at a forum in Hotel Stotsenbeg, this freeport, Angeles City.

The forum started last Thursday and ended yesterday.

Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara Castillo said her province has enormous potentials to be the next investments haven in the country.

It can also become a laboratory for development in the country, she said.

"In terms of its productive populace and vast natural resources, Aurora is one of the wealthiest provinces in the country. Investments, however, are crucial to translate this raw wealth into gainful livelihood and economic development," the lady governor said.

The Summit discussed Aurora's rural development strategies, zeroing on how the province could reap investment returns and make these investments result in higher income and living standards - while, at the same time, conserving and preserving its environment.

The topics discussed at the forum included Aurora's (1) land use plan; (2) environmental conservation and preservation programs; (3) mariculture and post harvest technology; (4) infrastructure projects; (5) special economic zone master plan; (6) Information Communication Technology capabilities; (7) tourism industry; (8) agri-fishery and forestry; (9) power supply and renewable energy; and (10) education initiatives.

Executives of top firms such as the Century Pacific group of companies, Mega Fishing Corp., and UCPB Foundation Inc. were among those in attendance in the Summit.

Representing the government were Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, Senator Edgardo Angara, and officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Department of Tourism.

Addressing the Summit, Sen. Loren Legarda called for "balanced economic growth" even as she cited the "vast potentials of Aurora Province for growth in the areas of land development, agriculture, marine culture, infrastructure development and tourism, among others. …

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