Zamboanga del Sur, a Province with a Golden Promise

By Levi S. Patadlas, OpinYon Mindanao

Zamboanga del Sur is one of the provinces of the Western Mindanao Region under Region IX. It occupies the southern section of the Zamboanga peninsula that forms the western portion of the island of Mindanao. It has a total land area of 449,946 hectares (4,499.46 km2).

Zamboanga del Sur is generally agricultural. It produces rice, corn, coconuts, rubber, cassava, and banana. It is also involved in the processing of fruits such as mango and calamansi for juices and concentrates and the making of gifts, souvenirs and housewares from indigenous materials like handmade paper, roots, rattan, buri, and bamboo. Having a long coastline, the province has a vibrant fishing industry, mariculture and aquaculture and the talent to operate and maintain them.

Zamboanga del Sur also produces furniture and wooden construction materials from wood, rattan and bamboo. But there are marble, concrete and cement for those who prefer these materials plus the skilled manpower to work them.

The province is endowed with rich natural resources ranging from forest products such as lumber and rattan, and minerals such as gold, chromite, marble, limestone, iron, and manganese, among others. The biggest deposits of gold are found in the municipality of Bayog.Aside from two big firms extracting Bayog’s gold, there are small-scale miners in the municipalities of Dumingag and Lakewood.

Zamboanga del Sur has good tourism sites, though known only to few tourists. There are a lot of places that need to be explored and developed. And people are friendly and hospitable.

Mining and quarrying are prospects for investment. Limestone for cement and agricultural lime for agricultural development are potential too. Mineral deposits can be tapped to enhance industrial development in the province. Putting up iron or steel millscan utilize the ore deposits of iron, manganese, and chromite in the province. We hope that the installation of the Duterte Administration will increase the province’s potential to become a haven of industrial and agricultural development in Mindanao.

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Sunday, 19 January 2020
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