The Local Government Units of Kalinga Province, Tabuk City and the municipalities of Rizal, Pinukpok and Tanudan agreed to aggressively pursue agri-industrial development in the province through the Eastern Kalinga Growth Center (EKGC).

This was the decision arrived at during the Consultation-Workshop on Advancing the EKGC which was conducted in August 23 in Tabuk City.  The activity was participated by officials and planning officers of the Provincial Government of Kalinga, the province’s lone city and three of its municipalities, and representatives from provincial offices.  It was facilitated by NEDA-CAR staff led by Dir. Milagros Rimando.

In the workshop, the participants agreed that the EKGC shall cover the City of Tabuk and the adjacent municipalities of Pinukpok, Rizal and Tanudan.  This is based on contiguity, economic potential and ability to absorb more growth, level of urbanization,  and transportation and communication linkages with other municipalities in the province.

They also identified the potential roles of each city/municipality in the EKGC, and the projects that would advance the development objectives of the EKGC.

The workshop outputs will be presented to the Kalinga Provincial Development Council for comment, validation and adoption.   Once presented, the Council shall identify a governing mechanism that will ensure the smooth and sustained implementation of the EKCG plans and programs.

The development of the  EKGC is part of the region’s spatial strategy of establishing two primary and regional growth centers in the region:  the BLISTT (Baguio City-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay) area as the southern growth node and Eastern Kalinga (Tabuk-Pinukpuk-Rizal) as the northern growth node.

This is in line with the Duterte Administration’s advocacy to balance development across the country by developing areas outside of developed and congested metropolitan areas and cities.