CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The National Economic Development Authority in Region 10 (NEDA-10) has identified quarrying and human health industries as the top-performing sectors in 2021.

During Monday's socioeconomic status briefing, NEDA-10 Director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño said the two industries contributed 4.7 percent to the 2021 Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP).

"Quarrying industry in the region saw a continuous operation despite the pandemic because of the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program of the Duterte administration,"Cariño said.

In the human health and social work sectors, the region recorded 149 public health workers who have regular jobs.

"If we include workers under job orders (contracts), it can reach thousands," said Kathleen Emillie Navarra, NEDA-10 communications officer.

Meanwhile, Northern Mindanao's 4.7 percent GRDP in 2021 ranked seventh in the country's regional economies.

The region's GRDP per capita also increased to 5.1 percent in 2021, or PHP172,022 compared to PHP163,728 in 2020.

Cariño said there is a possibility for the regional economy to continue recovering if Northern Mindanao’s coronavirus disease 2019 alert status remains at Level 1. (PNA)