NEDA-9 Director: Zambo City’s growth to continue PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 14:24

“The city will still grow whether it’s the regional center or not,” National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) 9 Regional Director Arturo Valero said.
Valero was referring to the economic effects of the transfer of the regional center from the city to Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur.
“Even if Zamboanga City is not the regional center, it will still grow”, Valero said.

Instead, he pointed out that the city should focus on being the industrial or commercial center of the region.
The city government is still lobbying for the return of the regional seat to Zamboanga which was relegated to Pagadian City in 2004 as ordered by then President and now Pampanga 3rd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

However, President Benigno Aquino III issued Memorandum Circular no. 11, calling for a 30-day moratorium on the transfer of regional offices from the city to Pagadian. The Memorandum also tasked an inter-agency committee headed by NEDA to conduct studies on the issue.

Malacañang issued another memorandum, MC no. 11 – A, extending the studies on the matter and asking all affected agencies to submit to NEDA the stand on the regional seat transfer.

Dir. Valero, however, said there is no official result of the study yet as it is still being collated by NEDA. — PIA