Gordon predicts Central Luzon will be an investment hub
Senator Richard Gordon has urged local leaders in Central Luzon to maximize the use of their infrastructures and resources to create an investment and commercial hub in their region.
He added it could become the “template that could be replicated in other regions of the country.”
“This will disperse industries; create jobs, investments and tourism opportunities,” said Gordon, during the public hearing on proposed Senate Bill No. 1325 creating Regional Investment and Infrastructure Corp. (RIIC) of Central Luzon.
Central Luzon is composed of the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales.
“Tourism zones, agricultural or industrial zones could be opened up, thus giving investors choice,” said Gordon, chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises.
“The vision is to have investors opening up businesses on the idle lands along the highways,” he said who authored SBN 1325.
He added, “They will have incentives for providing houses for their workers at the back of the factories. Schools can be built there.”
“This way, ‘yung mga workers at ang mga bata magba-bike lang papunta sa trabaho at sa eskuwela. Workers will have more time with their families,” Gordon said.
“Hospitals, churches, markets and banks could also be built. Then the community could later on become a financial center,” the senator said.
He said the three airports in Manila, Subic and Clark; seaports in Subic, Mariveles and Manila; and highways available in Central Luzon will provide faster movement of trade.
“Madaling maglabas ng produkto sa bansa at magpasok ng raw materials dahil may magkakalapit na tatlong airports, tatlong seaports at highways,” he said.
The hearing was held at the Pavilion, Hiyas Ng Bulacan Convention Center in Malolos City, Bulacan on May 17.
Those who attended the hearing were Senator Joel Villanueva and members of the House of Representatives who filed counterpart bills such as Cong. Lorna Silverio, Cong, Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia III and Cong. Jose Antonio Sy Alvarado.
Cong. Jesus Nonato Sacdalan, chairman of the House Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization, also attended since the said hearing also served as the House committee’s hearing for the bills filed in Congress.
Bulacan Vice Governor Daniel Fernando and mayors led by Malolos Mayor Christian Natividad also attended the hearing.
This was the third consultative hearing conducted for SBN 1325. The first was conducted at the Subic Freeport Zone and the other was in Clark, Pampanga. Central Luzon is composed of the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.
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