Singapore Graduate Students Have More Fun in Bicol Town

Libon, a small but rich agricultural town in the third district of Albay province, has the potential to become a rural tourism hub in the Bicol region.

A group of senior management students from Singapore’s foremost university, who recently visited the province in June, thinks so.

The 27-member Senior Management Program (SMP) students of the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY SPP) of the National University of Singapore, which ranks No. 2 among the top universities in Asia, reached this conclusion following a weeklong visit to Albay from June 17 to 22, said the group’s professor, Scott Fritzen.

The students, senior government and private firm officials from Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Botswana, Nigeria, Australia and United Kingdom, said farming, fishing, beach resorts and seaports are the likely areas for investments that could develop Libon as Albay’s rural tourism hub.

Libon, with 4,000 hectares of rice fields, produces 30.4 million kilograms of palay per year and is considered the “rice granary” of Albay.