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Sangali Medium Industrial Zone - SeaPort Industrial Town

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            Sangali Medium Industrial Zone – Sea Port Industrial Town

Brief  Description

       Sangali is located in the east coast 25.34 kilometers away from the city proper with a land area of 1,274.3128 hectares. From the city proper, accessibility by land is not a problem with the newly concreted national highway that also traverses through it and serves as another stopping station for all public buses, coming in and out of the city. Its terrain is more or less 20% hilly, 20% coastal and 60% plain. It also has two major radial roads on the western side of the highway leading to barangays Bunguiao and Dulian and other remote sitios of barangays Manicahan and Lamisahan and even the proposed watershed areas of Manicahan and Bolong. However, there are still demands for more farm-to-market roads and its existing ones improved, to facilitate the transport of farm products and the sufficient provision of goods and services, especially in the remote areas.

        In terms of health and sanitation facilities and services, at present these are very inadequate even in its neighboring barangays. Even access to potable water, it is only about 16% of the total populace who are fortunate. This accounts for the high mortality rate in the area, both for adults and infants. Education facilities are far better off because aside from the existence of two (2) public elementary schools, one (1) public high school and one (1) public vocational school, there are three (3) other private schools offering 2 year courses in manpower skills development and computer technology.

          Its projected population for 2005 is around 16,205. However, it is fast increasing due to migration in search of better job opportunities from the canning factories located at the Sangali Fishing Port Complex and the existence of the Western Mindanao Power Corporation and National Power Corporation. Contributing to this wider job opportunities are the dried fish processing industries (Bularan) and four (4) shipyards located in the barangay. Fishing and fish drying are the main sources of income of the residents. Some are engaged in farming and some are engaged in trading and other business services typical in an urban area. 

Proposed Spatial Development of Sangali:

      With the existence of a modern fishing port in the area, the coastal areas of Sangali in the eastern side of the national highway have already proliferated with so many developments including residential structures that even necessitate urban renewal. Dominant, however, are industrial activities, therefore these areas will be maintained as the industrial zone of this growth center. The fishing port itself, which services firms with markets in both local and foreign, although equipped with modern facilities, can not actually equal the present demand. It has to expand to include additional facilities and at least a 50-hectare industrial estate, as proposed in the Master Development Plan (MDP), which will accommodate among others marine-based and agri-based processing industries.

        The two existing radial roads, that now serve as the avenues for development towards the inner portions of the entire development area can be connected and transformed into a circumferential road at a certain point from barangay Bunguiao to the end of Siguinan Road to make it more efficient. This is because along this area it has slopes lower than 18%. The proposal then to put up a small Industrial Estate to cater to the medium industrial activities of the city and disperse manufacturing activities away from the Central Business District (CBD) may be located within the area of this circumferential road. Areas for park or recreational amenities and for the Institutional Zones may also be located here. The Park shall at the same time serve as buffer zone. In this Institutional Zone, the city has to give priority to the constructions of social infrastructures like hospitals, health centers, or schools. However, the maximum utilization of existing structures, as the present vocational-technical school building is not just an option but also a conscientious obligation, because of scarce and competing use of resources. This will address the health and educational needs even those in the neighboring areas and will have great socio-economic impact in the development of the area.

        Further, the setting-up of a “Satellite Office” in the east coast, proposed in the MDP to function as “mini” city hall and to be located in Sangali, is of spatial advantage to construct in this area. This will not only speed up the delivery of services to the people but it can make them feel that government is closer to them. The opening of more radial roads from this circumferential road shall be necessary to help also accelerate development in the hinterlands. Under the Master Development Plan, the proposed Patalon-Culianan Bypass Road will also link Sangali with the ZAMBOECOZONE in the west and the proposed
Curuan-Sibuco Road, to the Zamboanga Provinces.

       The residential areas shall be dominant from two to four kilometers towards the inner portion and the western side of the highway right after the 300 hundred meters commercial strip following the highway as its Commercial Zone. Of course, the maintenance of the existing irrigated rice fields as part of the food security demand for the city remains as a policy.

Proposed Development Strategy

       Presently, Sangali is already a very busy coastal barangay with high in migration rate, indicative of fast development. It is highly dependent on the various marine resources abundant in the area. Backed up with the well established Fishing Port Complex, two big power corporations operating in the area, shipyards and fish drying activities, developing the area as a Sea Port Industrial Town is more rational. However, so as not to limit the development of this growth center to the fishing industry, and to have a trickling effect of its development to other neighboring and upland barangays that are dependent on agriculture, the city must take the initiative to determine and consider an area for establishing an industrial estate. Of course, to ascertain the viability of this proposal, the conduct of feasibility study is necessary. This does not necessarily negate the private sector, especially from the industrial group, to take initiative or enter into partnership. Nonetheless, this has to go hand in hand in providing, especially basic infrastructure support/facilities and enhancement of agricultural production to ensure sufficient agricultural raw materials supply.

        Peace and order, however, is also a great contributory factor to consider in the development of this area, because of its proximity to some nearby islands. Its solution may even need the strong intervention of the national government. A review of the present government policies affecting peace and order may be in order. The existing operations of the “Bantay Dagat” need more strengthening.