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Puerto Princesa to develop 1,000 hectares environmental estate PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 July 2007

CITY MAYOR Edward S. Hagedorn signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on June 22 with the Bio Enterprise, Inc. (BEI) headed by its president, Willy Samson, for an investment project that will lease more than 1,000 hectares of land at the Environmental Estate in Barangay Sta. Lucia.

According to Samson, the City of Puerto Princesa was chosen as area of investment for bio enterprise “because of its bountiful natural resources, both sea and land-based, and its strong local government leadership which is committed to uplift its development and the living standards of its people.

The project known as Puerto Princesa Bio-Enterprise Incorporated (PPBEI) will lease a portion of the environmental estate for the setting up an enzyme extraction plant, a freeze-drying plant, dehydration plant, fish hibernation facility, and clam fortification unit for export, while for tourism, a retirement-resort village and a golf course.

The concept of the said project focuses on the extraction and freeze-drying of local products and plants of the province, such as papaya, malunggay, mango; and aqua products, such as lapu-lapu or grouper, shrimp, koi, and including clams.

For a long term plan, the project will also have a tissue culture facility, Bio tech and R & D center flower gardens, perfumery center, and institute of advanced applied science and technology.

Samson stated that the project is environment-friendly, can be the source of life of the dwindling and slipping live fish industry, and can greatly help the lives of the farmers and fishermen. It can help to improve too the export performance of the City, as well as increase taxation, which in turn will raise the economy of Puerto Princesa and the province.

It will become a premier model of the community in the world; it will be the first science hub of Filipino scientists; first applied technology school or genetics; and the first clam fortification unit in the country, thus, will give a source of pride for the city and the country.

Mayor Hagedorn expressed gladness over the proposal and has subjected it to the approval of the City Council. by Cheryl A. Galili, Palawan Times


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