July 21, 2021

Taguig City will be home to an agri-industrial center.

In collaboration with the municipal government and the Laguna Lake Development Authority, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will construct the first Agri-industrial Business Corridor (ABC) for freshwater aquaculture and urban farming in Taguig City (LLDA).

On Tuesday, DA Secretary William Dar, Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano, and LLDA General Manager Jaime Medina signed a memorandum of understanding, kicking off a 10-year project with a PHP300 million initial financing under the Duterte administration’s Bayanihan 2.

“We see the Taguig ABC, as well as the adjacent Food Terminal Inc. (FTI), as part of an agri-industrial and food market center that would service Metro Manila’s southeast region,” Dar said.

The project is the second ABC, after the National Seed Technology Park in New Clark City, which will be built in collaboration with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).

The LLDA will offer two hectares of land along C-6, where various facilities will be built, as well as a 15-hectare lakeside region, where an aquaculture park will be created and opened to cooperatives and private businesses, as part of the joint project.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will offer technical support and inputs for the floating fish cages that will be erected at the 15-hectare aquaculture park, featuring bangus, tilapia, shrimp, and ayungin fingerlings, according to the DA.

On the other side, the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority would construct a fish landing dock or jetty with a warehouse and cold storage facility, while the Bureau of Plant Industry will construct a mushroom button manufacturing facility and an integrated commercial bamboo project.

The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) will construct a water hyacinth composting facility to assist urban farming and a bamboo oxygen park to encourage sustainable production and outdoor enjoyment in order to finish the project.

According to the DA-BFAR, a satellite office will be established at the project site to offer technical support, provide training, and assist in the organization and clustering of existing fisherfolk groups.

The municipal government will administer and maintain the agri-industrial center once it is finished, ensuring its long-term viability throughout the 10-year project’s lifespan. It will also supply the required funds, equipment, and personnel for the construction of the access road connecting the highway to the site. It will also build three buildings in the region, including offices for agriculture, lake and river management, and the environment and natural resources.

“While we work to preserve a sustainable environment in Laguna Lake, this Taguig agri-industrial center may help meet some of Metro Manila’s food needs,” Dar added.

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