When Samal Mayor Generosa Dela Fuente presented the municipality’s governance story at the June 21 revalida, like the rest of the presenting public institutions that day, she made it known how positive she was of its progress under the Performance Governance System (PGS). “Step by step, Samal rises as a next wave municipality in Bataan. Armed with its strong desire to give better public service, this lone fourth class municipality will surpass all the challenges and trials of good governance.”

As the only fourth-class municipality in the province of Bataan, Samal is taking steps to keep up with the fast-changing landscape of the province. This is why it has committed to becoming the Emerging Inclusive Business Model (IBM) Hub for Agro-industrial Enterprises in the Philippines by 2020.

Samal is already home to several agro-industrial enterprises, and its agricultural output is one of the best in the province. However, to address the lack of interaction between the citizens and the firms, Samal’s strategy is to adopt IBM in the agro-industrial sector. The municipality aims to encourage the existing firms in the municipality to shift to IBM, and invite more locators to come and adopt this model by providing incentives for these businesses. Meanwhile, the municipality will provide training for its citizens to ready them for employment in the agro-industrial sector. It will also ready its farmers to become suppliers of raw materials needed in these enterprises. The centerpiece of this strategy is the construction of the Samal Agro-Industrial Economic Zone (SAIEZ), where locators can set up shop and have an assured source of quality raw materials and employees.

By linking their farmers to these agro-industrial enterprises and ensuring employment for its citizens, Samal expects an increase in employment and, with it, an increase in average household income. This inclusive growth will improve the quality of life of every Samaleño.