Thursday, 20 August 2009

PGMA cites Aurora’s economic boom

BALER, Aurora (PND) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo lauded the economic progress of the province of Aurora in today’s celebration of the 400th founding anniversary and Christianization of this town.

The President said the country’s first “green ecozone”---the Aurora Special Economic Zone—in the municipality of Casiguran will lead to the development of the province’s agriculture and eco-tourism potentials.

“This (ecozone) rekindles people’s awareness of Aurora,” the President noted.

The economic zone was created through Republic Act 9490, which also created the Aurora Special Economic Zone Authority, on June 29, 2007.

According to the President, the development of industries, an international seaport and airport, and a mariculture plan will create jobs for the residents of Aurora and neighboring towns and provinces.

She said the Casiguran port project will be completed in a few months while the international airport is expected to be operational this year.

Aurora, Central Luzon’s gateway to the Pacific, produces corn and rice in quantity. It also cans tuna and mackerel, for distribution to other parts of the country.

The President said Balerenos will feel the benefits of development when the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) is linked to the Baler Road and the Baler-Casiguran Road.

The SCTEX-Baler Road project will be completed by end of this year while the Casiguran-Baler Road project is halfway to completion.

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