The Philippine Star, Feb. 11, 2007
Aurora province a future leader in agri growth
By Manny Galvez
BALER, Aurora -This province, which stands proudly on the shores of a horseshoe-shaped coastal valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean some 232 kilometers east of Manila, has been hailed by Korean Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Hong Jong Ki as a future leader in agricultural growth in the country with the establishment of a $2.6 million (P138.8 million) rice processing complex.
Hong said the recently inaugurated facility, located in a 1.1 hectare site in Barangay Reserva some three kilometers from the town proper, will open up vast economic opportunities for the Philippines in terms of agricul- tural development.
"Being the first grant by the Korean government in the agricultural mechanization to be established in a country where agriculture is the foundation of its national economy, I expect that. this rice processing and milling complex project will serve as a model state-of-the-art rice production facility in the country and therefore, playa significant role in the agricultural and economic development of the Phil- ippines,lI Hong said in a speech which was read in behalf by Hong Sung Mog, minister and consul general of the Korean Embassy.
The facility was negotiated by the Angaras - Sen. Edgardo Angara, Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, House Deputy Minority Leader Juan Edgardo Angara and Baler Mayor Arthur Angara. It was funded at a cost of $2.6 million, of which $2.3 million came from KOICA and $300,000as counterpart funding.
It is equipped with state-of-the-art post-harvest facility (PHF) to produce high-quality rice and will serve as one-stop service center providing, leasing of large farming machines, non-stop drying, storing and milling; purchasing of wet paddy rice and selling of high-quality milled rice. It also has a storage house, warehouse, generator house and steel-framed structure with walls of insulated panels.