SUAL — Hopes for the eventual establishment of an international seaport in Sual has been buoyed by an assurance it received from newly appointed presidential adviser for Northern Luzon Raul Lambino.
Sual Mayor Roberto Ll. Arcinue welcomed the expression of support for the establishment of an international seaport and a second power plant to be put up by foreign and domestic investors in the town of Sual.
In a talk to newsmen last week, Lambino said he would push for the establishment of an international seaport “most likely in the municipality of Sual.”
He stressed the importance of developing an international seaport in the province as a mode of transportation of goods and people.
“This is my thrust. This is not to interfere with the usual operation of the agencies of bureaucracy in place but to help the President get accurate information, what the agencies ranging from those in charge of investments, infra-projects, social services, agrarian reform, and others, are doing,” Lambino said.
“It could possibly be in Sual town and will cover Alaminos City, Bani, Anda, Bolinao or the whole Western Pangasinan, and include the towns of Labrador, Lingayen and Binmaley of the second district,” he added.
He said it is an important strategic step to make Pangasinan an economic zone and make the province more attractive to both foreign and domestic investors.
“It is regrettable that we do not have an economic zone in Pangasinan. I wish our congressmen would sponsor a bill in Congress for the establishment of a Pangasinan Special Economic Zone,” he said.
Lambino is concurrently the administrator and chief executive officer of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA).
Lambino said that his top priority as presidential adviser for Northern Luzon is to establish an economic zone in Pangasinan.
“Our problem in Pangasinan is, this is not an economic zone. If it were an economic zone, it will be very attractive to investors,” he said.
“I would love to see Pangasinan become an Economic Zone during the term of President Rodrigo Duterte. We can put up an economic zone in the province, if not before the 2019 elections, it will happen after the elections,” Lambino added. (Leonardo Micua)
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