Taytay is stepping up its agriculture industry to benefit from the tourism gains of the neighboring towns of San Vicente and El Nido.
Town administrator Mark Lawrence Pleyto said Taytay is geographically in a strategic position to complement the two tourism towns by providing them agriculture products.
“We are not out to compete with our neighbors, but we’re here to complement each other,” he told Palawan News on Monday, February 5.
Having a vast land area making it the north’s rice basket, he said Taytay has a big potential to develop its agriculture industry more, and continuously supply agricultural goods, especially to El Nido, which is reportedly experiencing food insecurity due to massive tourist influx.
“We could supply El Nido and San Vicente rather than them getting products from Manila,” he added.
This move is seen as a response to El Nido Mayor Nieves Rosento’s call urging other towns to focus on their agriculture sector to become food suppliers for their booming tourism industry.
Pleyto said the municipal mayor is working on getting funding from national government agencies under the Department of Agriculture (DA), such as the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC).
He added they are requesting for the establishment of a greenhouse and production of seeds for high-value crops, which command good prices.
They are also asking for a seaweeds drying center, provision of law enforcement speedboat, livelihood training on mariculture and fishery with initial capitalization, and inland fishpond development program.
“We are strengthening our agriculture by putting in more technicians, more funding, talking to the right people and telling the national government agencies these are what we need,” he said.
Pleyto said Taytay also needs to put up more farm-to-market roads and post-harvest facilities. Last year, he added that the DA granted their request to have a rice processing center in the town.