• Nueva Ecija town eyed as tourism, business hub

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    THE 39-hectare Nabao Lake in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, 81 kilometers north of Manila, is envisioned as a choice fun destination and venue for out-of-town business conferences for both local and foreign tourists

    Mayor Ramil Rivera made the announcement as he marked his first 100 days in office. He said this was part of the town’s development plan to make the placid Nabao Lake in Barangay Santa Rita a banner multi-interest getaway haven.

    The place will offer wake boarding, dragon race, zipline, fishing, kayaking and other water-based recreations alongside rest huts and function halls.

    Rivera said the idea is to develop a one-stop destination similar to the floating market and restaurant in Thailand that could bring jobs to Kabyaweños (Cabiao residents), as well as a nature-study tour package for schoolchildren.

    He added that the project will help the local government raise funds to enhance Cabiao’s social welfare and services programs for its 80,000 residents.

    Rivera, who is serving his first term in office, also vowed to strengthen Cabiao’s public education system through a scholarship program for students that will cover complete tuition and miscellaneous fees under its anti-poverty program.

    Beneficiaries will be students in Cabiao National High School, Santa Rita High School and Saint Joseph High School, who are assured of full college scholarship at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines–Cabiao and senior high school from First Asian International System College.

    Cabiao residents can also look forward to the first community hospital, a P20-million three-storey building will construction of which will begin in July 2017 in Barangay Santa Inez. The hospital will be equipped with high technology facilities.

    The Sangguniang Bayan has also approved the budget for the purchase of ambulance units for the town’s health care program, as well as for the procurement of four units of heavy equipment to avert perennial flooding in the villages and other road projects, including the development of Nabao Lake.

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