AgSur opens local economy to int’l trade, engagement with Indonesia

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) -- To boost the economic productivity amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the province of Agusan del Sur plans on opening its doors for international trade and other engagements, according to Provincial Governor Santiago Cane, Jr.

The business prospect came after an engagement with Indonesian Consul General in Davao City Dicky Fabrian who visited the municipality of Prosperidad on January 28, 2021 to explore opportunities in education, socio-culture, and business to mutually expand the economies of the province and of Indonesia. The engagement was deemed beneficial for both countries since a huge portion of Indonesia neighbors the island of Mindanao.

 “We had a very fruitful conversation with the Consul General. Actually, he invited us to explore opportunities, particularly in Mindanao, that can help fortify the relationship between the Philippines and Indonesia,” the local official said in an exclusive interview with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar for the Network Briefing News on Monday, February 15.

Improving the entire business sector was in the best interest of the said meeting. The invitation to open the provincial economy to import/export was discussed, where both economies can benefit from an exchange of local goods and products. The governor said the foreign official is eyeing the exportation of fruits such as mangoes, lanzones, and mangosteen, and root crops such as sweet potato and cassava.

Members and key stakeholders of the business sector were also invited to meet with members of the said sector in Indonesia to expand business opportunities.

The creation of foreign exchange programs for students and professionals was also tackled, with the Philippine Normal University (PNU) of Agusan del Sur, as the “center of culture and arts” in the country, chosen to house such engagement. The university also plans on integrating specific courses studying the foreign culture in their curriculum.

The governor noted that he was “happy” with the meeting, saying that a “mutual understanding” is expected out of these engagements.

“The Consul General’s visit opened doors for more possibilities for the province. We will definitely pursue these especially once everything goes back to normal,” he said.

The province of Agusan del Sur is the fourth largest province in the country and second largest in Mindanao. Its booming economy is attributed to the richness of its agriculture and forestry, earning the moniker “Land of Golden Opportunities.” (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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