Rich Natural Resources

Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry sectors fuel the economy of Quirino.  Overall, these sectors contribute almost 50 percent of the total family income.  The major crops raised are rice, corn and banana.  Aside from irrigated rice lands, an estimated 80,000 hectares are suitable for agro-forestry and tree plantation areas.  Because of these allocation, there is abundance of raw materials (e.g. plantation species/CBFM) Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) (DENR) for the furniture industry, which is one of the top investment priorities.

In addition, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has identified 3,000 hectares of communal and corporate grazing areas for livestock production. This wide pasture range, covered by different grass species, is best to grow large populations of goats, cattle and carabao. 

Business-Friendly Environment

Quirino is proud of its formula to success, which has become its battle cry towards progress: “Political Unity means Progress, Policy Stability and Sustainability.”  A factor that makes this province business-friendly and open to investment opportunities is the strong partnership between major stakeholders: The Provincial Government, the Municipal Local Government Units (LGUs) non-governmental organizations (POs) and the communities. 

Productive Human Resources

One of the best resources of Quirino is its people. Living off the land is indeed hard work and yet the people of Quirino are able to produce more than their sufficient share from such a small land area.  Since livelihood for most families is still agriculture-based, farmers organized themselves for better support and cooperation.

These farmers’ organizations are open to integrate new technologies and methods to their farming systems. The Provincial Government also established comprehensive programs, such as Q-LiFE (Quirino Livelihood for Everyone), to help augment the farmers’ productivity and income.

Developing Infrastructure

Landlocked and mountainous, the Province of Quirino is naturally bordered by the Sierra Madre Mountains in the east, the Mamparang Mountains in the southeast. Quirino can only be accesses by land, through a network of national and provincial roads crisscrossing the entire province.  It still needs to build farm-to-market roads to be able to transport produce faster and cheaper to post harvest facilities. 

Another network vital to Quirino are irrigation systems. The (high canal) upper canal of the Magat Multi-purpose Dam is the prime source of irrigation for arable land, such as the ones in the valleys of Diffun, and Saguday. In addition to Magat Dam, there are other irrigation facilities in Quirino, namely, the Ganano River Dam, Addalam Irrigation System and over 60 small communal irrigation systems scattered across the province.

In addition to the presence of the major telecommunication networks and internet service providers, Quirino maintains a Geographical Information System (GIS) which can generate an accurate information database of the provincial land area for the use of investors, researchers and other. However, it needs to be upgraded and improved to provide more updated data regarding land conditions. 

Favorable Peace & Order Situation

Because of the united leadership, from the highest seat of the Provincial Government to the grassroots communal authority, there is a peaceful and stable environment that is most suitable for long-term investments and business partnership. Quirino’s leadership vision of growth for its people, economy, and environment is indeed crystal clear.

Quirino is perceived as the least known among the provinces of Region 02.  But this is about to change.  The province is intent on making itself known as the “Prime Agro-Industrial Hub & eco-tourism destination in the North.”

It is in the process of following a good development plan and building up its investment base. For the province of Quirino, the present is the time to change in order to achieve economic progress and a better way of life for its people.