Agusan Norte gears up for Asean integration-A A +A
Friday, September 13, 2013
NASIPIT, Agusan del Norte -- Good governance, stable power, well-developed infrastructure, and fiscal discipline are needed to ready Agusan del Norte province for the Asean integration in 2015.
"We are doing our best to be ready for the integration. We know for a fact that we are also competing with other provinces in Mindanao," said Agusan del Norte Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba to reporters.
In order to attract and gain investors in the area, she sees the need for her administration and those under her to practice good governance.
Second is that they will need to develop their infrastructure to allow them to cater to the needs of investors and also to boost the development of the province.
Next is stable power. Aside from the 100-megawatt (MW) oil-fired power barges of Therma Marine Mobile 2, Matba said that there are hydroelectric plants that are set to be constructed in Puyo, Jabonga.
The one in Puyo will be a $120 million 30-MW hydropower plant of the First Gen Mindanao Hydro Power Corp. The construction will begin late this year and expected to be completed in three to four year. The plant is expected to generate around 191 GWH annually.
"We are unable to compete unless we have stable power," said Amante-Matab.
As she pushed for local government units in the province to practice of fiscal discipline, Amante-Matab urged local leaders to use wisely their internal revenue allotment or IRA.
She said that she is taking an integrated approach in practicing this as she challenged LGUs to not over expend and to take proper responsibilities in their local levels.
"We in the provincial level will handle the provincial things, the municipal levels will handle theirs, and so on," she said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 13, 2013.