Agusan del Norte hailed Caraga's top province
by Jocelyn Morano
Butuan City (June 16) -- June 17, 1967 was the day the Agusan was divided into 2 provinces known as Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur by virtue of Republic Act 4979.
After 42 years, Governor Earlpy John Amante proudly announced that despite as having the smallest Internal Revenue allotment (IRA) caraga wide and declared the smallest province, it became the number 1 province in the region.
"However, this was never attributed to the provincial official's good leadership but it was because of the decision made by the people and the leaders early on to shape its own destiny", said Governor Amante.
Staying on top according to the Governor is a daunting task, and competing with the best provinces in the whole Philippines is not that easy, much more to sustain what has become of the province after 42 years.
After the opening program held at the provincial capitol Governor Amante proceeded to the business park to formally open the week-long Agro Fair where he treated all attendees with Filipino foods put on sale and even bought vegetables and fruits produced by farmers from 11 municipalities.
Agusan del Norte boasts of its local produce. The investment areas range from industrial centers to service-related businesses.
Agriculture-based ventures include production and processing of bananas, pineapple, mango and coconut products into chips, flour, ketchup, puree and juice drinks, nata de coco, oil, coconut wood, handicrafts, copra meat and desiccated coco.
Through the Department of Trade & Industry, Agro Fair also features Presyo Diskwento, where manufacturers' sells prime commodities at a very low price compared to its selling price at supermarkets.
Several activities lined-up this week for the 42nd Araw ng Agusan del Norte. (dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Caraga) [top]