P3-B infra for Pampanga approved

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Thursday, April 12, 2012


THE Regional Development Council (RDC) recently approved the implementation of P3.056 billion worth of infrastructure projects in Pampanga.

Under the Convergence Program for Enhancing Tourism Access of the Departments of Tourism (DOT) and Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the RDC approved the infrastructure projects, which include the P277-million widening of the West Circumferential Road in Angeles City; P185-million widening of Clark-Angeles-Magalang road in Angeles City; P694-million road widening leading to the Clark International Airport Route 1 in the cities of Angeles and San Fernando; P327-million road widening leading to CIA Route 2 in Angeles City; P600-million road leading to CIA Route 3 in Angeles City; P600-million East Circumferential Road in Angeles City; and the P373-million rehabilitation of Olongapo-San Fernando Road.

Other projects approved are the P201-million widening and concreting of Paseo del Congreso in Malolos City and the P75-million widening of the Lourdes Road-Clark Air Base in Bamban, Tarlac.

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In a statement, the RDC said “Republic Act 9593, otherwise known as the Tourism Act of 2009, declares tourism as an indispensable element of the national economy and an industry of national interest and importance which must be harnessed as an engine of socio-economic growth and cultural affirmation to generate investment, foreign exchange and employment and to continue to mold an enhanced sense of national pride for all Filipinos.

As such, the law established the Tourism Infrastructure Program for identification and immediate funding of vital access roads, airports, and seaports in tourism areas across the archipelago.”

The program is being implemented by DOT and DPWH in partnership with the Department of Transportation and Communications and Department of Budget and Management.

Proposed projects must obtain the approval of the RDC in order for its inclusion in the budget of DPWH.

RDC is the highest policy-making body in Central Luzon and serves as the counterpart of the NEDA Board at the subnational level.

It is the primary institution that coordinates and sets the direction of all economic and social development efforts in the region and serves as a forum where local efforts can be related and integrated with national development activities.

Council members include all governors, city mayors, municipal mayors of capital towns, presidents of municipal mayors’ league, regional directors of national government agencies and representatives from the private sector. (Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 12, 2012.

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