Villagers Welcome Construction of Industrial Park

BANAYBANAY, DAVAO ORIENTAL— After a series of consultations, the residents of Barangay Maputi, one of the five villages in Banaybanay town where the eyed multi-billion-dollar Davao Oriental Industrial Park will soon rise, say they “welcome the idea of having the project realized in their area.”

Barangay Maputi Chairman Ariel Sison said that during a recent Barangay Assembly attended by more than 600 residents, the villagers have expressed their eagerness to have the project started as it promises myriad of opportunities for the local residents.

Representatives from Provincial and Local Government Units, Pionaire Finance Limited, and its local counterpart Ciri have joined the assembly to further explain to the residents the plans for the eyed big-ticket project as well as the benefits they would be getting out from the project.

Sison said that the villagers have been assured by the resource persons that all necessary requirements will be complied with and that the welfare of the surrounding communities will be a top priority.

As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility, initiatives to put up a hospital, schools, environmental projects, disaster preparedness and mitigation projects, and housing projects and relocation sites are all incorporated into the plan.

In addition, the Provincial Government will work for the continuing benefit of the people through a Social Enterprise Program.

“We are positive that this huge investment will address poverty as it will provide us job opportunities. We will support the realization of this project as it is not only us who will benefit from the economic gains of this investment but also our children and their future generation,” he added.

A project strongly pushed by the provincial government is seen to address the deep-seated poverty in many communities in the province as it will bring forth employment and scores of other economic opportunities. This huge investment is also poised to make the local economy flourish, one that will transform the province’s socio-economic landscape and contribute to the country’s economy.

Rigorously working on the project to push through, the stakeholders are yet to meet with the religious sector in another assembly within this year. Also, they will be negotiating with the leaders of other villages and landowners covered by the 1,500-hectare land area and about six kilometers coastline that will be used in constructing the highly ambitious project.

Provincial Chief of Staff Ednar Dayanghirang, who represented Governor Nelson Dayanghirang, said that the assembly is a “continuing community-based conversation to ensure Inclusive Good Governance under Governor Nelson Dayanghirang’s leadership”.

On March 15, a Municipal Assembly was conducted in Banaybanay town’s Municipal Covered Court. It was the initial consultation with the investors and its partnership with the Municipal leaders, religious sector, landowners, and residents. By Riza Golez

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