Provincial board okays resolution seen to solve flooding woes

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012


THE Provincial Board on its regular Tuesday session has approved on final reading a resolution authorizing Governor Lilia Pineda to forge an agreement with private entities, the public works, and environment departments for the immediate dredging and desilting of Pampanga River.

In the session presided by Senior Board Member Crisostomo Garbo and attended by lawmakers Ricardo Yabut, Olga Frances David-Dizon, Trina Dizon, Tarcicio Halili, Rolly Macalino, Dein Henson, Melchor Pingol, Salvador Dimson and Nestor Tolentino, the august body unanimously gave its nod to the resolution perceived to once and for all solve flooding in Pampanga.

Resolution 3068 aims to “Authorize Governor Lilia Pineda to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Environment and Natural Resources that will allow the province to engage the services of private entities to undertake without cost the desilting and dredging of Pampanga Bay including the disposal of extracted materials.”

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Yabut, chair of the committee on public works, told Sun.Star Pampanga that the agreement will work to the advantage of Capitol.

“In the first place, walang expense sa atin ito and we would be able to avert flooding as well save on costs. What the private entities would extract, iyun na ang payment and these could be used for filling materials and others. The agreement would work fine and is a win-win proposal,” Yabut said.

For his part, Tolentino -- chair of the legislative body’s committee on natural resources and environment -- said Resolution 3068 is a form of public-private partnership which will redound to better results on the governor’s desire to solve flooding in Pampanga.

“Not only will it solve our flooding problems, but rather give way to a partnership where the private sector would benefit from its investments,” Tolentino told Sun.Star Pampanga.

He added that it will be the DPWH, in coordination with the DENR, which will lay-out the plans and requirements as contained in the agreement, including citations for violations and issuance of permits for dredgers which he noted included European and local bidders.

“Ours in Capitol would be to see to the implementation of legislation and supervision of the agreement,” Tolentino added.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 19, 2012.

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