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Mayor Rivera eyes agriculture, tourism to replace mining in 2022

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Tuba Mayor Ignacio Rivera said the municipal government is pushing for agriculture and tourism to be the main economic drivers for the town.

The Benguet politiko explained that the municipal government needs to plan ahead because Philex’s large-scale mining operation in Tuba will end in 2022.

Rivera said he wants to retain Tuba’s first class municipality status even after Philex leaves Tuba.

“We must work hard to make agriculture and tourism boom in the next several years so that the local government will have the alternative sources of income once its projected income from mining will come to an end with the projected closure of mine life in the next four years,” he said.

Rivera said that he plans to build an agriculture trading and marketing center along Marcos Highway to promote local crops.

He added that the municipal government has invested in cacao and coffee production.

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