PGMA in Macabebe, Pampanga to break ground, inspect various projects

August 6, 2009 9:21 am 

MACABEBE, Pampanga, Aug. 6 – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited this town today to break ground and inspect various government projects.

Mrs. Arroyo arrived at 10:00 a.m. and was welcomed by Rep. Anna York Bondoc-Sagum (4th district of Pampanga), Macabebe Mayor Leonardo Flores, Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD) Secretary Ed Pamintuan, Director Mario Ramirez of the Department of Education (DepEd), Pampanga Schools Division Superintendent Rosalinda Luna and Police Regional Office-3 (PR03) director, Chief Superintendent Leon Nilo dela Cruz.

The President led the groundbreaking ceremony for a high school building worth P50 million at Macabebe High School in Barangay San Roque, Macabebe.

The P50 million has been released by the President through the Department of Education’s School Building Program Stimulus Fund (SBPSF) in coordination with the office of Rep. Sagum.

President Arroyo also inspected the proposed rehabilitation of the Gabaldon school building also at the Macabebe High School.

In an inteview, Rep. Sagum told reporters that the two-classroom school buildings in public elementary and high schools in the towns of San Luis, Apalit, Sto. Tomas, Masantol, Minalin, San Simon and Macabebe will also be constructed under the SBPSF.

Sagum said the release of funds for the school buildings is in response to the order of the President to provide relief to students and teachers who experience difficulties during rainy season.

The President also inspected the P2.5-million Macabebe Library Hub which is the only one of its kind in the whole province. The said library was funded by Rep. Sagum and contains 40,000 story books worth P3 million which were donated by DepEd and 20 units of computers which were given by private donors.

At 11:30 a.m., Mrs. Arroyo inspected the 2.5 hectare housing site in Barangay San Antonio, Sasmuan, Pampanga.

The said site will be donated by Sapang Pari Integrated Development Corporation (SPDC) headed by Rodel Cabrera. The site is being developed with the help of a P10-million funding from the President’s Social Fund.

At least 100 families from Barangays San Antonio, Sta. Monica, San Pedro, Sta. Lucia, San Nicholas 1st and 2nd Sto. Tomas will benefit from the said housing project.

The Chief Executive also led the groundbreaking and time capsule laying of the Sta. Monica bridge in Barangay Sta. Monica, Sasmuan town. The proposed 80-meter single lane modular steel bridge will replace the existing dilapidated steel foot bridge and will connect Sitio San Francisco Cutud to the barangay proper of Sta. Monica and the town proper of Sasmuan. The bridge worth P3.349 million will be funded by the President’s Bridge program.

Mrs. Arroyo also inspected the proposed San Pedro Barangay Road upgrading and concreting project costing P700,000 that was funded by Rep. Mikey Arroyo of the 2nd district of Pampanga.

After having lunch, the President also inspected the clean-up and desilting of roadside waterways by the Organized Youth Stewards of Rivers and Esteros (OYSTERs) in Barangay San Nicolas 1st, also in Sasmuan town.

Mrs. Arroyo likewise inaugurated the San Nicolas Municipal road concreting in Barangay San Nicolas 2nd by unveiling the project marker.

The concreting of the said municipal road costing P1 million was funded through the PDAF of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.

The President also launched the 2009 Stimulus Fund School Building Program in Sto. Tomas High School in the 2nd district of Pampanga.

Also, the Chief Executive issued “orders” for the five new policemen to be assigned at the Sasmuan Police Station. The President was assisted by Chief Superintendent Dela Cruz and Pampanga Police director, Sr. Supt. Gil Lebin Jr. (PNA) LAP/ps


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