Guv bares P1.2-B infra projects in Pampanga-A A +A
Sunday, October 21, 2012
CLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia Pineda said at least P1.2 billion has been spent by the Provincial Government for various infrastructure projects in Pampanga.
This was gleaned during the oath-taking of officers of the Provincial Federation of Barangay Health Workers dubbed “Bayanihan Para Sa Kalusugan Ng Mga Kapampangan” held at Stotsenberg Hotel here.
“Mula nang umupo tayo bilang gobernador ay umabot na sa P1.2 billion ang ginastos natin sa mga infrastructure projects, sa pagpapagawa at pagsasaayos ng mga hospital, kalsada at eskuwelahan,” Pineda said.
Despite this huge spending on infrastructure projects, she clarified that the Provincial Government still has enough money to provide other equally important services needed by the Kapampangans.
Governor Pineda, since day 1 in office as provincial chief executive, has started the general renovation and improvement of all existing district hospital buildings in the province, including facilities and medical equipments.
“Sa pagsasaayos ng mga hospitals natin ay 85 percent completed na tayo,” she added.
The Provincial Government, through Pineda, also funded the establishment of dialysis centers in some selected hospitals to provide cheaper treatment for patients.
In some instances, other interested groups, stakeholders and individuals also helped in the construction of these centers.
Classrooms and covered court
The Provincial Government has already constructed some 182 new classrooms and several covered courts in various public schools in the province, with an estimated amount of P176 million and more this year.
For 2011 alone, records from the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) show that the Provincial Government released P50,083,216 for the construction of 45 new rooms; repair and improvement of 32 classrooms; and building of five covered courts.
This year, P54,149,836 has been allocated to finance the construction of 28 new classrooms, repair and improvements of 77 classrooms and one covered court.
Engr. Olimpio Pangan, an engineer from the PEO, earlier told Sun.Star Pampanga that at least 35 classrooms amounting to P62.5 million are being built and another P9.7 million has been allocated for the construction of boys and girls comfort rooms for 26 public schools.
Roads and slope protection
The Provincial Government, through the PEO, has facilitated the reconstruction of several provincial roads damaged and destroyed by recent calamities.
Other infrastructure projects finished were the improvement of dikes particularly in Mandili, Candaba and San Sebastian, San Luis town.
The Pampanga River Dike road Batasan-Candating section in Arayat, San Nicolas 1st barangay road in Sasmuan, Phase 11 of Guagua-Sta. Rita-Porac road San Matias and Becuran section, Phase IV Dila-dila section both in Sta. Rita, and Phase V Dila-dila-Pulong Santol section in Sta.Rita-Porac were also completed.
The widening of San Miguel-Sta.Cruz barangay road in San Simon and reblocking and asphalt overlay of Sto. Domingo-Lourdes-San Isidro-Telacsan-Colgante provincial road from Minalin to Apalit and Macabebe have also been finished.
The Provincial Government also completed the improvement and concreting of the provincial road in San Juan-San Jose-Natividad-Lambac-Pulong Masle road Lambac section in Guagua, San Matias-San Simon road San Matias section in Sto. Tomas, and Del Rosario-Bacolor road in the City of San Fernando, Sta. Ana Magalang along San Agustin section and in San Sebastian San Luis.
Last year, after Typhoon Pedring devastated the province, Governor Pineda provided at least P80 million for the priority development projects of each of the 20 municipalities in Pampanga.
This is intended to jumpstart the reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure facilities and their projects highly needed in the municipality.
Recently, the Provincial Government again provided all local government units some P100 million to finance various priority development projects.
Each municipality received at least P5 million to ensure the continuity of infrastructure development down to the barangay level.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 22, 2012.