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The Philippine National Government is pushing for infrastructure development in Mindanao in order to improve and promote its agricultural industry. Its objective is to provide a better transport network and create an easily accessible region. Such infrastructure development increases productivity and creates business opportunities in the industrial provinces of Mindanao. A reported thirty-six percent (36%) of the country's agricultural produce is largely being supplied from that region.

Aerial View - Oroquieta City Sea Port

However, during the past 20 years, infrastructure has not been the mainstream of the country's economic development planning. Therefore, many industries in Mindanao, including the Bunotex and Red-V in Oroquieta City suffered from adverse economic impact. Hence, the Filipino people continue to struggle for self-sufficiency. As usual, Filipinos remain optimistic and hopeful that with their continued support for strong Local Government interventions to save the local economy, they feel that the future will get better. With very limited resources, the Filipino farmers continue to work harder in an effort to help provide a positive impact in the nation's economy.

Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory - Nursery @ Barangay Lower Lamac

Mindanao is blessed with the capability to provide the most inexpensive source of power supply because of its rich hydro resources. In Oroquieta City alone, the power supply is much less expensive compared to other cities in the regions of Visayas (Cebu City) and Luzon (Manila). Therefore, business investment would have a strong opportunity to succeed in Oroquieta City because of the lesser overhead costs involved. Most of the industrialized cities or regions of Mindanao, such as Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City, and Iligan City have moderately developed infrastructures. These cities have sea ports which allow businesses easy access. In contrast, Oroquieta City has a sea port as well, however, currently non-functional. Many years ago, the Oroquieta City's sea port was a useful access by business investors. However, because of poor management and poor support from the "government ladder," the sea port is now extinct.

Mango Plantation  - Around Coconut Trees

Looking closely at the aerial view of Oroquieta City, this city is a prime location for big investment opportunities had infrastructure been the mainstream of the Government's plan twenty years ago. Many Oroquietanians have lost their interests in expanding business opportunities and some simply left and immigrated to the Western World. Today, the administration of Mayor Nancy Bandala is working hard to bring businesses back to the city. Although the sea port is inactive at this point, a big challenge to reopen it is there. To contrast the community components of the "old" Oroquieta City is totally different from the "today's" Oroquieta City. This is because Oroquietanians have become smarter and brighter and many of them possess education and skills that are now being used in conjunction with their civil service to the country.

Ging Mutia


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