TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Local officials underscored that the city continues to soar high with the fast-paced development amidst the challenges of progress to contribute in efforts to address the prevailing problems of rapid urbanization.
Mayor Darwin C. Estrañero pointed out that the city remains to be the region’s agro-industrial center because of its status as the rice granary of the cordillera and the proposed regional center which is now translating to progress.
He added that the city’s current status enticed numerous investors to consider extending their business operations to Tabuk aside from those that already established their businesses in the different parts of the city that will surely create employment opportunities for qualified residents and sustainable sources of livelihood.
“Tabuk will continue to soar high in the future. We will surely realize our dreams and aspirations as one of the well-developed cities north of Manila with the current pace of development that the city has undergone and is undergoing,” Mayor Estrañero stressed.
Apart from ongoing development of certain public and private properties for various types of businesses, the local government is also pursuing the modernization of its public market that will be coupled with the put up of a central terminal and other similar projects that will significantly uplift the city’s economy in the future.
For his part, Vice mayor Dick Bal-o pointed out the need to support the development initiatives of the present administration that will greatly contribute in promoting tourism, culture and labor which are the city’s three major assets that could translate to robust development in the future.
He claimed that the city has existing and potential tourist destinations, rich culture and sufficient labor that will help in driving the sustainable growth of the local economy beneficial in providing people with sustainable sources of livelihood.
Currently, Tabuk is the white water rafting center of the Cordillera which is conducted along the stretch of the mighty Chico river, the longest river system in the region, among other famous nature destinations being patronized by foreign and domestic visitors.
He claimed that in terms of culture, Tabuk remains to be one of the major melting pots not only in the region but also in the whole country because of the presence of numerous sub-tribes that allow the mingling of the same for the overall growth and development of the city.
Moreover, he stated that Tabuk has also a hardworking labor force that can provide the labor requirements of businesses wanting to operate in the city that will contribute in improving the employment rate of residents for them to have varied sources of income that they could use in sustaining the living condition of their families.
Tabuk recently celebrated its 73rd founding anniversary as a municipality, its 16th anniversary as a component city of Kalinga and the 22th Matagoan festival that serves as its crowd drawing event where people from all walks of life converge and showcase their skills, talents and products for the city’s further promotion as an ideal tourist destination.