PH, Hungary partner for Tamlang Valley dev't in NegOr

Negros Oriental Provincial APCO Sarah Perecho sharing details about the proposed projects to be implemented under the Philippine and Hungarian government partnership to develop Tamlang Valley, Negros Oriental.  (KAT/PIA7-NegOr) 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- The partnership between the Philippine and Hungarian governments over the proposed development project in Tamlang Valley is expected to bring infrastructure and institutional developments and enhanced delivery of social services to the people living in the said area.

Provincial Agriculture Program Coordinating Officer (APCO) Sarah Perocho of the Department of Agriculture (DA) disclosed this during the Kapihan sa PIA forum held here yesterday.

Perocho said the Tamlang Valley Zone of Peace, Integrity, and Development Project, which is a joint undertaking of the Philippine and Hungarian governments, will be rolled out in different phases from 2021 to 2024.

It will involve two major components - agricultural development and social service and enterprise development.

Under the agricultural development component, implementers of the project will focus on infrastructure, including construction of roads and bridges, institutional development, and environmental protection.

On the other hand, the second component seeks to establish low-cost housing, hospitals, and also recreation centers. 

The Government of Hungary has committed $100-M for the project.

Implementing agencies for the said project are the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-7), the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental, and the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI).

Perocho said Tamlang Valley has a total land area of 20,000 hectares, but the project targets to develop around 4,000 hectares.

“Initial to be developed is 4,000 hectares. Naa tay concept paper na gisubmit didto from NOCCI to the Hungarian Government. Gaplano ang ambassador sa Hungary na mo-visit sa Negros Oriental. Gusto (niya) makigkita sa mga LGU na nagcover sa Tamlang Valley (The target area to be developed initially is 4,000 hectares. NOCCI already submitted a concept paper to the Hungarian Government. The ambassador of Hungary also plans to visit Negros Oriental and talk with the heads of LGUs covering Tamlang Valley),” Perecho said. 

Tamlang Valley is covered by the municipalities of Sta. Catalina, Siaton, Valencia, Sibulan, and Pamplona.

DA together with NOCCI is currently gathering resolutions from the local government units supporting this project for the release of funds.

Perocho said the LGUs are cooperative and the farmer associations are looking forward for the project to push through.

“(On) Jan. 8 (naa mi) meeting with farmers associations and Sta. Catalina Mayor Peve Ligan. Positive (ang) result. Ganahan sila karon dayon magsugod na ang project. Ang usa nila problema or priority kaning dalan. Usa na ang dalan ang atong iimprove ug kaning internet connection (On Jan. 8 we had a meeting with some farmers associations and Sta. Catalina Mayor Peve Ligan. We received a positive response from them. They want the project to start as soon as possible. One of the problems they identified which they want to be prioritized is the lack of roads. After this, we also plan to improve their internet connection),” Perocho explained.

She added that these efforts are also geared towards ending insurgency problem in the area and encourage those who turned against the government to return to the folds of law.

Meanwhile, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Provincial Irrigation Officer Engr. Nestor Pastor revealed during the Kapihan that there was already an attempt to bring development interventions in Tamlang Valley over the past years but the project was stalled due to land issues and bureaucratic processes.

Pastor said the land was covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program and the ownership titles were not yet distributed to the residents.

He hopes the implementing agencies will also look into these issues and address them. 

He added that NIA has a funding of P15-M to conduct a feasibility study in Tamlang Valley for the proposed irrigation projects there.

Pastor hopes NIA will be involved in the planning phase of this development project in Tamlang Valley.

“I hope with the program karon (na) joint effort sa NEDA, ug dire pod sa national na agriculture na ma push through na ni. Ang amo lang kinahanglan i-apil tingali ang NIA (I hope that this program will push through, under the joint efforts of NEDA and local and national agricultural offices in the province. I also hope that NIA will also be involved in this),” Pastor said.

Iplano nato ni tanan bulahan nag overall development mausa ra (Let’s all plan together so that the overall development efforts will be unified),” he added.

In response, Perocho said NIA will be involved in the future planning activities. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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