Efficient Railways for Nat'l progress.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)

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Efficient Railways for Nat'l progress.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)


IT sometime seems that rural communities - the barrios, the small towns, the provinces - have been left to themselves, and left behind the economic growth and opportunities that pervade in the big cities.

The distance from the farm to the center of commerce seems so remote and out of range.

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In many ways, these are all true.

This is the reason most, if not all, rural communities have remained agricultural farming areas without hope of becoming the focus of highly commercial activities.

This is the weakness from which the whole country suffers because of limited possibilities open to agricultural productivity.

This constraint has deplorably stunted the growth of our agrarian sector despite its great prospects.

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But if our government planners are correct and successful, all this will change.

It may take some time but there is hope the rural farming areas could be transformed into flourishing development zones.

The expected enactment into law of the Barangay Business Enterprises which both Houses of Congress recently ratified, could make the difference.

As envisioned, the measure is seen as a reformer of the rural landscape by building new entrepreneurs in the countryside engaged in the production, processing or manufacture of agricultural products and in various trades and services.

This will be made possible by the attractive incentives that the new law offers precisely to involve pioneers in small scale business enterprises in the locality. …

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