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Rural community dev’t key to boost PH economy—former DENR chief

Rural community dev’t key to boost PH economy—former DENR chief

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PRESERVATION OF natural resources and development of small rural communities can raise the country’s economic growth, the former secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a forum held Wednesday. Regina Lopez said “village economies” are what the Philippines needs. “We can get our country out of poverty, we can. We can if we take care of the resources that we have. I’m not a believer in western industrial model. Why would we want to copy the west? We have 7,000 islands,” Lopez said. “We develop each island so that people there don’t have to come to Manila, don’t have to become [Overseas Filipino Workers]. They can be there with their families and take care of their families,” she added. Lopez shared the success story of Ugong Rock, a tourist sp...