TIAONG, July 10 -- Councilor Eula Lopez is optimistic about the economic impact of a Japanese community that will soon rise in a 14-hectare land in Barangay Ayusan here.

Lopez said the PHP750-million undertaking of Japan-based firm, Sanko HI Corp., will greatly benefit this municipality in terms of employment, not only of the local residents but also those from neighboring areas.

"This is an opportunity for my fellow Tiaongins, especially residents from Barangay Ayusan 2, my home barangay. I was informed that Barangay Chairman Jun Mendoza stressed to Sanko to prioritize local residents as workers and employees," she said in an interview on Wednesday.

The project, will include a retirement village for Japanese people, a technical-vocation...