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DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Foreign investors and telecommunications companies are planning to invest production plants in areas once called “hotbeds” of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Last week, a Japanese paper company and agricultural firms from Taiwan and Malaysia visited Barangay Mapula and Salapawan in Paquibato District.
Army Commander Lieutenant Colonel Darren Comia said interests from investors are constantly coming which he said will help in the development of the barangays considered as remote areas in Davao City.
“Sa ngayon ay natutuwa kami kasi there are lots of investors already considering. Nakita ng mga tao na, especially the local government unit of Davao City, ang peaceful environment that constituents as well as the LGU (believe) na maganda ng mag put up ng mga investment at development efforts doon sa Paquibato,” said Comia.
(We are delighted that there are lots of investors already considering. People,especially the local government unit of Davao City, have seen the peaceful environment that constituents, as well as the LGU, believe its a good idea to put up investments and development efforts in Paquibato.)
He added that there is nothing to worry about the situation now in Paquibato as they have already cleared the area of influences of NPA guerillas.
On Tuesday, the city engineers visited Paquibato to check the conditions of major roads leading to its 13 barangays and to come up with measures to open an easy access to the district.
The military said they still need to intensify security and patrols in Paquibato as this is the primary concern of potential investors. – Dianne Ventura / Marje Pelayo