Agricultural and Industrial City
As a model of agriculture, this Agro-industrial City at Pacific Coast City shall be a place where food production becomes an art. This is easy enough to imagine since the farm here is fully mechanized. More significantly, the farmer’s status has been elevated as a national worker, himself a small version of the national artist whom the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) honor.
Here, on this farm the once lowly and neglected farmer receives his due recognition. He is bestowed full dignity and appreciation. The farmer considers his farm not only as source of livelihood, but also, and more importantly, as a vehicle for him to be a significant cog in the wheel of the country’s economic future. The farmer becomes imbued with a sense of mission, that is, that he is involved in a product that is essential to his very life and to the very life of a nation. In other words, the farm is transformed, into something like a gold nugget.
There is, moreover, a reward system in this Agro-Industrial City. With complete, systematic monitoring operational in this City, the farmer, with his self-confidence boosted and his farm mechanized, is able to maximize the yield of his farm. How is this possible? Within the Pacific Coast City, there shall rise a special school that shall teach him on how to scientifically increase the yield of his farm.
The farmer, therefore, earns more as he tills the soil more productively. His children, therefore, shall be well provided for since he has enough money to send them to good schools (not necessarily from the exclusive, sectarian schools in Metro Manila). The children, nourished and nurtured with sufficient food on the table (plus the loving care and concern of their parents), can dream beyond the land, and not tilling it just like their forefathers did before them.
This Agro-industrial City, indeed, shall differ from other farms in the country. It shall provide the farmer’s wife and children other means of earning extra or additional income in between farming and harvesting. During times of extreme heat or cold, inside their very homes, the wife and children can engage in handicrafts or sewing or pottery. These skills shall be taught as well in this special school within the Pacific Coast City.
For those children of farmers and other kinds of workers in the Pacific Coast who might be interested in entrepreneurship, the University at the Pacific Coast shall offer courses/trainings/workshops on the various skills and discipline they need to become more efficient, more productive, and more inspired to improve their total well-being.
As we have observed, factories in Metro Manila have mushroomed just about anywhere. They are near schools, offices, churches, natural parks. To avoid pollution, noise and urban sprawl, they have to be relocated. They are located, at present, in areas where land has become too expensive which is why these factories cannot afford to upgrade their machinery and pay their laborers better salaries and offer fringe benefits. These factories, indeed, need to become more efficient and more productive, when relocated or situated at the Pacific Coast City.
If these factories are relocated at Pacific Coast City, they shall be given tax incentives and financial support, enabling them to become globally competitive. In the end, it is the government, the factory workers, and the end-users who shall benefit.
For the Industrial City, it shall consist of "places of work” integrated into and surrounded by mixed use communities, that is, residences, leisure and entertainment centers, places to shop and dine, among others. There shall be companies for heavy, medium and light industries. The corresponding infrastructure shall, of course, be there to provide complementary support. In this master-planned Industrial City, the transport of goods becomes highly efficient with its own international port, international railway and international airport.