Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte Mayor Lorrymir Adasa announced that the national government is already transforming the municipality into an agricultural and industrial hub in the province.
In an interview with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, Adasa stressed that the proposed agri-industrial hub will be a welcome addition to the stunning sites in the province for a flourishing local tourism industry.
Adasa disclosed that the council — with the help of the national government — is focusing more on agricultural and industrial improvement for the sake of the livelihood of people and future of the town.
“That’s our primordial interest and goal to promote livelihood for our constituents,” Adasa said, adding that the municipality is composed of more than 50 percent of Indigenous People who are members of the Subanen tribe.
As assisted by the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Subanen people became instrumental in the promotion and development of agriculture in the town, citing that they are responsible for the plantations of abaca and adlai.
Adasa also emphasized that adlai is new to them, which is a tall grain-bearing plant and serves as alternative rice for diabetics and persons with illness. Meanwhile, abaca fibers made from the said town are being exported to some countries in Europe.
About 100 hectares for abaca plantations have been granted to the local government from the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority.
“The purpose is to export fibers. Our aim is to be number one in terms of abaca production,” Adasa said.
The DA also provides necessary tools, seeds, equipment, and cost of labor for farmers as part of the booming agri-business of abaca and adlai plantation in Mutia.
Aside from abaca and adlay plantation, the town is also developing its manufacturing capability for processed products like cacao tablea, coco vinegar, coco toyo, guyabano juice and calamansi juice.
The Department of Trade and Industry established the first Mutia Negosyo Center to institutionalize the business industry in the area and to promote processed agricultural products.