Villanueva mayor seeks to balance agri, industrial dev't in 2021

January 4, 2021


MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Jan. 4 (PIA)--"There are two sides to the Villanueva economy: one where large locators of the Phividec Industrial Estates are situated; while the other depends on agriculture."

Mayor Jennie Rosalie Uy-Mendez, guest in the first episode of Communications Secretary Martin Andanar’s Network Briefing News, January 4, shared there needs to be a balance between the industrial and agricultural sector.

The choice to become industrial, she said, was not from the local government unit but in the 1970s and 1980s when Villanueva and Tagoloan was chosen to become Phividec areas now known as Phividec Industrial Authority.

Meanwhile, since then many industries have existed, Mendez said, “It has such a positive influence in our community in terms of giving employment opportunities to our people, but I also want to develop our agricultural sector together with the industrial sector. Our products are rice, corn, banana, mangoes, cacao, and these products i believe can also be used in food processing.”

The mayor added that they have two public markets that are in the works for 2021. One is the existing public market in Barangay Katipunan. It’s undergoing a major renovation right now with a terminal for tricycles, trisikads and habal-habal, for easier access to the markets, and has its parking space.

She said they are also developing a new market near the national highway, municipal hall complex, and to a public terminal soon to rise in 2021.

The whole town is 100 percent electrified, Mendez said.

The upgrading of power sub-station in Villanueva as a project of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Mindanao backbone was installed in the last sitio of Villanueva town that had no electricity.

Since putting up the substation, investments will expand, businesses will boom even the rural areas, said Mendez, because as she related, few years ago, the roads have been concretized, but electricity was the missing piece of the puzzle. "Now that it has power, I know investment and developments will expand beyond the Phividec Industrial Authority," she added.

Meanwhile, the Villanueva Food Market has been one of the programs the Municipal Government of Villanueva has done amid the pandemic. With the use of social media, the LGU’s Food Market is able to sell online using social media with local goods such as processed fish, bagoong, kakanin, handicrafts like lampshade paper, rugs, etc.

"This time, the town’s products are known. They have seen our products because of social media when we go live. These are products of fishermen’s wives," Mendez said.

The year 2020 has been full of ironies, said the mayor, because they were forced to slow down, not because of choice but of circumstance.

Before the pandemic they wanted to make use of social media but people wanted to see in person the activities and products, but during the pandemic, they were able to push social media marketing.

The mayor said, "Life has its ups and downs and its seasons, but in every season, there is wisdom and that it is important to always be positive to receive even more blessings." (JMOR/PIA10)



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