Dagupan City, known as the bangus capital in Northern Luzon is now being considered as an aquaculture zone by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority.
PEZA officials led by Emmanuel Lopez discussed the hosting of an aquaculture zone by the city with Dagupan City officials.
Dagupan City known for its Bonuan Bangus may enter into packaging and branding the bangus as Dagupan’s Best.
This is but one step in strengthening the aquaculture industry of the city and synergizing the other strengths of Dagupan that includes its current demographic sweet spot in human resources that is backed up by its reputation as a center of education in Northern Luzon owing to the 3 universities, several colleges and other educational institutions in its premises.
He said strengthening the city’s aquaculture industry was a step in the right direction.
This will enable Dagupan City to be technically prepared to meet the demands of the future owing to economic, technological and social dynamics that are ever changing. The technical skills improvement required will be provided by the educational institutions.
This is complemented by the Comprehensive Land Use Plan CLUP of the city that was developed and crafted by the city administration led by Mayor Belen Fernandez. The CLUP is just awaiting approval by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).
A CLUP guide the city in maximizing its land utilization by assigning areas that will complement each other with regards to human settlement, economic development, disaster risk reduction and management, utilization of natural resources and general economic improvement.
This also addresses on how to optimize the human resources of the city not only for the present but also for the future. “Sooner or later, artificial intelligence will replace the traditional call centers and we need to be ready for it,” Lopez discloed.
At the end of the day, what Dagupan needs is a system that works to be a potential economic zone, Lopez said.