A township complete with basic amenities will soon rise in the controversial mountainous village of Barangay Sumalo in Hermosa to end the decades long ownership dispute.
The proposed township is now being initiated by the Riverforest Development Corp.(RDC) amidst clamor to establish a model community within the village without interference in the present environment set-up.
Dani Beltran, estate and community development manager of RDC, is now trying to develop a positive image for Sumalo by projecting the place as a peaceful and productive community where residents lead a simple life but with aim to move forward to progress.
“Hindi namin aatakihin o pakikialaman ang negosyo kung anuman meron dito, we just want to improve the social well-being of the people here,” Beltran explained.
He said the RDC now wants a development approach but the move would be needing the help of people residing in the community. Beltran also thought of seeking the assistance of TESDA to provide training for residents for them to get employed at the Hermosa Special Economic Zone.
According to Beltran, the ecozone now employs workers from other provinces in Central Luzon following dearth of qualified workers from the local community.
At present, the Hermosa ecozone number of workers reach 14,500. “But many of them are not from Hemosa,” he said.