Aquino spells out major projects in Pampanga, nearby provinces

March 1, 2013 11:14 pm 

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Mar. 1 — President Benigno S. Aquino III spelled out Friday the completed and ongoing projects in Pampanga that were realized through the people’s adherence to the administration’s reform agenda for the province.

The administration brought reforms to Pampanga in two years and nine months, the President said during a meeting with Pampanga leaders held in this city.

The President reported that the 66,800 classroom shortage is now being addressed and the government targets to solve it by December 2013. Schoolchildren have enough books and chairs today. The Department of Education (DepEd) was able to address this concern last year.

In the province of Pampanga, the President said the government built 1,250 classrooms for the benefit of Kapampangan students.

There is also an all-out thrust on the part of the government to provide power to all communities in the country, the Chief Executive said. He added that 36,000 sitios without power are now being electrified and more than 7,200 sitios were recently connected to the grid in an honest and prudent way.

The President noted that out of 36,000 sitios, the government targets to power 77 sitios in Pampanga under the Sitio Electrification program, adding that more than half of this target have already been electrified at a cheaper price.

On infrastructure development, the President vowed not to leave Pampanga behind stressing that once the Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo Road project is completed, travel time from Pampanga to Bataan will be cut from an hour to 30 minutes.

He also said the 12-kilometer Lubao-Hermosa, Bataan widening road project is expected to benefit tourism and commerce. Following the opening of the Lazatin Flyover, the flow of traffic has improved in San Fernando City.

The towns of Florida Blanca, Magalang, Lubao, Sta Ana, Mexico, Masantol and Apalit are now benefiting from the completion of seven farm-to-market roads built by the administration. This is in addition to P52 million allocated for the repair and rehabilitation of five irrigation systems to help the agriculture sector in Pampanga.

“Lahat pong ito ay gawa ng bawat Kapampangan na nakikisagwan o nakikibahagi sa tuwid na daan. Nakamit natin ang lahat nang ito dahil sa tiwala ng Pampanga sa tuwid na daan. At ikinagagalak ko pong ipaalam sa mga boss naming Kapampangan na natatanaw na po natin ang katapusan ng matagal na ninyong problema sa pagbaha,” he said.

To address flooding, President said the government has started the Delta Phase 1 Pampanga River Project, which will strengthen the dike system and slope protection to ensure the safety of Bulacan and Pampanga communities.

The Delta Phase I Pampanga River Project is also a part of the government P5 billion project—the Flood Management Master Plan that will rehabilitate San Fernando City, Sto Tomas, and Minalin Tail Dike as well as the Del Carmen-Balimbing creek.

The President likewise said that there is already an ongoing project for the Kapampangans—the P2.9 billion Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Measures in the Low-Lying Areas of Pampanga Bay.

The first component of the project is the dredging of more than 32-kilometer rivers of Pampanga to prevent them from overflowing during rainy seasons, President Aquino explained.

The second part is the elevation of flood prone areas and the transfer of schools to safer grounds to protect the structures from ravages of floodwaters, he said. (PNA)

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