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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Zambales asks DOST’s help to develop its mining industry

To spur the economic development of Zambales province, Gov. Amor Deloso is moving toward the development of his province’s mining industry.

Deloso recently told the participants of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Central Luzon Cluster Science and Technology Fair at the Olongapo City Convention Center that national government officials look only at the development of Subic Bay Free Port in his province. He said the province’s economic growth has been slow because of this perception.

Deloso explained that Zambales has a big potential to grow economically if the national government would look and develop the mineral deposits in his province for its commercial purposes.

To attain this objective, Deloso has personally asked Science Secretary Estrella Alabastro to provide the province proper technologies to develop its mining industry that has at least 28 minerals ready to be tapped.

From the more than 600,000-hectare total land area of Zambales, he said at least 216,000 hectares are rich in mineral deposits.

He said Mount Pinatubo alone has released in its last eruption approximately 4 billion tons of iron-rich sand.

“We have the potential mineral reserves, but we need assistance and support to make the mining sector of Zambales progressive,” the governor said.

Deloso added that hopefully, the sleepy towns of Zambales may soon be awakened from its economic hibernation when the country’s only smelting plant starts its operation in the province in the next few months.

“Chinese investors have infused around P1 billion for the project,” the governor said, adding that even American Donald Trump, multimillionaire businessman, is set to develop 400 hectares for a recreation center in Subic.

These projects, Deloso said, are expected to spur the economic activities in his province. But he still stressed that the province needs the expertise of the DOST to respond to the challenges of the 21st century.

Alabastro said the success of the science department’s programs depends on their synchronization with local initiatives.

She said that one of DOST’s attached agency, the Industrial Technology Development Institute, has the proper technologies that could be applied and could help Zambales in its projects.

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