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President visits North Cotabato to look into needs of rubber industry

Manila (21 July) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will visit Makilala town in North Cotabato Monday to see for herself how the national government could help improve the lives of the residents of this rubber-producing province, and accelerate the modernization of the rubber industry here.

North Cotabato Gov. Jesus N. Sacdalan said Makilala alone boasts of 7,000-8,000 hectares of rubber plantations. Province-wide, the total area planted to rubber trees is 23,432 hectares.

Sacdalan said the province needs immediate assistance from the national government to further improve and modernize the facilities and technology of the industry.

"There is money in rubber," Sacdalan said, as he pointed out that every rubber plantation in the town earns close to P1 million a month.

He said that the upgrading of the technology and other facilities of the rubber industry lead to a better life for North Cotabato residents as well as generate additional income for the national government.

From the Makilala Elementary School, the President will motor to the Platinum Rubber Development Inc. plantation at Sitio Del Asuncion in Barangay Poblacion, where she is expected to receive a briefing by Jake Sandique, owner of Platinum rubber plantation, on the status and benefits of the rubber industry in the province as a source of livelihood and employment.

After the briefing, the President is expected to view the display of raw rubber materials and finished products and interact with plantation workers, local leaders, residents and stakeholders.

She will be welcomed upon her arrival at the plantation Governor Sacdalan, North Cotabato Vice Governor Emmanuel Pinol, Rep. Bernardo F. Pinol, Jr., (2nd Dist., North Cotabato); Rep. Emmilou T. Mendoza (1st. Dist.); Makilala Mayor Onofre L. Respicio, Makilala Vice Mayor Manuel Lalaguna, and 18 mayors of the province.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and other Cabinet officials are expected to accompany the President in her visit here in Makilala town. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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