WINDMILLS HELP TRANSFORM ILOCOS VILLAGE ECONOMIC CONDITION

BURGOS, Ilocos Norte — The country’s biggest wind farm blowing renewable electricity is helping transform Ilocos Norte’s economic development.

In Barangay Poblacion of this town for example, village chairman Joegie Jimenez reported that from a mere PHP38,000 real property tax collection in 2013, its local revenue share ballooned to more than PHP6.2 million in 2015. This is apart from various projects and programs the host community was able to realized since the establishment of the USD300 million or about PHP12.3 billion wind project here by the Lopez-led Energy Development Corporation.

“We are grateful of the recent developments in our village. And since we have this amount, we are now trying to reinvest it in the form of venturing into real property development as we try to encourage more investments and uplift the economic conditions of our constituents,” Jimenez said Tuesday.

Apart from rehabilitating the existing water system in Poblacion village, Jimenez said the local village council has approved the development of an eco-tourism village here in support of the province’s tourism master plan for development.

Sourced from the village local revenue income, he said their barangay was able to purchase a private lot measuring 5,430 square meters for the development of the proposed Amianan village along the national highway in Poblacion.

As part of the conceptual plan, they plan to construct a multi-purpose building where it can be offered for lease or commercial use. At the back of the proposed Amianan village is a lake where they are now on the process of developing it into an organic farm where they raise tilapia and home grown fruits and vegetables. In here, visitors may drop by for refreshment or for them to experience rural village life.

“If we know how to properly manage government funds, development continues. We also look forward to having more economic livelihood projects and scholarship programs, something that the people can really see and feel that indeed our barangay is moving forward towards economic independence,” the village chairman added who was also the former provincial tourism officer before he was elected as Punong Barangay of Poblacion. PNA / northboundasia.coma