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Overall Development Strategies of Business Growth Areas



              Overall Development Strategies of Six ( 6 ) Business Growth Areas



Over-all Development Strategies:

         
   The identification of several over-all development strategies for all the six (6) growth areas were made and may be considered and implemented when possible. They are as follows:

1.   Apply the Minimum Basic Needs Approach – Since majority of the people in the rural areas are very poor, we must try to meet, first of all; the need for more and better food, available potable water, secured livelihood, health and sanitation, education, decent shelter, and adequate transportation. Hand in hand with these, the need too, to develop their self-confidence, self-reliance, dignity, capability to make their own decision and to participate in decision that affect their lives and work and as well to develop fully their talents, all must be properly considered. Develop one’s self-esteem as a human being.

2.  Mainstreaming the Millennium Development Goals Related Initiatives – The eight (8) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which range from eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality, improve women’s reproductive health, combat HIV/AIDs, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and develop global partnership for development.

3.   Equitable Income Distribution or Services and Facilities – In each plan scheme, a more equitable income distribution must be properly studied. These may probably be changes in the structure of production or better access to basic goods or, services, like increase in available goods in the market and higher purchasing power; and appropriate delivery system of public services like expansion or restructuring of these services, to ensure that these actually reach the more needy ones; and greater participation at this level.
                                                                                                                                                       
Distribution of services and facilities is crucial not only in promoting economic growth but also for achieving social equity and improving the quality of life.

4.  Priority to the Agricultural Sector Higher priority must be accorded to Agriculture, especially to growing food for domestic consumption and production must be evenly spread, since majority of the poor and living in the countryside, live by agriculture. Further, agriculture forms an important potential mass market for industrial goods, thus we must not keep this sector always lagging behind and holding up our development.

5.  More Farm-to-Market RoadsConstruction of more Farm-to-Market Roads, if possible every farm must have easy access to markets and marketing facilities, but with due regard to possible negative environmental impacts. Proper prioritization, however, need to be observed due to scarce and limited resources.

6.   Credit Extension ServicesBetter schemes for credit extension services must be made easily available especially for small farmers. This will ensure that the rural population will also have better chances of meeting their needs for fertilizers, higher quality seeds and pesticides and better guarantee of sure gains from their labor and investments.

7.   Minimum Managerial Skills Manpower – The City Government either directly or through NGOs must be able to train or introduce certain managerial skills and modern methods or techniques in processing, marketing, financial services and extension services, to existing cooperatives or the more educated residents of the growth area without the demand for more excessive or sophisticated managerial skills.

8.   Less Intensive Use of Capital and Sophisticated Skills and ManagementEfforts to introduce or develop more efficient and labor-intensive technologies, befitting only to the social, cultural, physical and environmental conditions and growth level of the area, especially in farming, processing and agri-industries, need to be considered, at least initially.

9.   Establishment of Satellite Offices in the East and West CoastsDue to the vastness of land area of the city and increasing population, there exists a compelling necessity to decentralize and speed up the delivery of services to the people. The satellite offices shall function as “mini” city hall.

10. Encompassing to include human, social, infrastructure, environmental and economic developmentThe entire development process must be carefully studied and scrutinized and when being implemented to closely evaluate and monitor their impacts on specific goals of the community to ensure sectoral balance and sustainable development. Likewise, development inputs must not produce half hazard growth results in space and function, or even further impoverish the poor or benefit the rich at the expense of the poor.

11.  Growth Management ApproachGrowth comes at a price, thus, a balanced and pragmatic approach is necessary. These growing communities must welcome growth in their own terms. The growth area concerned, must view growth management, in this context, not as a new activity but as a new goal. Thus, in order for these growing communities to achieve community goals at cost-effective manner, they must manage well and regularly monitor developments in their respective areas.

In the formulation of their respective development plans, each must consider how future developments will influence the rate, amount, type and location and even the quality of these developments. Therefore, the options will not be whether the community wants large-scale or small-scale projects, or where and when to have large-scale projects or small-scale projects? What will determine “choice” will be based on need and capacity of the planned area.  Further, growth must also be through strategic infrastructure interventions, which maybe provided by, either the government or even private sector initiatives.

12. Investment Incentives – The city government and barangay concerned must carefully consider/study schemes to provide incentives to private investors on certain projects. By adopting these schemes, the burden of development will not rest entirely on the government and the development of the community may even bear more significance when its development is brought about by the concerted efforts of committed and involved citizenry.
The entire development process must be carefully studied and scrutinized and when being implemented to closely evaluate and monitor their impacts on specific goals of the community to ensure sectoral balance and sustainable development. Likewise, development inputs must not produce half hazard growth results in space and function, or even further impoverish the poor or benefit the rich at the expense of the poor.