Pampanga gets P100M for infra upkeep

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Sunday, August 24, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda announced during the Provincial Development Council (PDC) meeting last August 19 that the National Government is allotting a considerable amount of funds for the province.

According to Pineda, each town will receive P5 million or a total of more than P100 million for the entire province.

“If we are going to sum up the funds which came from the National Government, it’s definitely big,” said Pineda.

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The allotted budget, Pineda said, can be used in improving the infrastructures and this will help in the progress of the province. This is in addition to the budget allocated for the schools, hospitals, and social services.

Pineda, however, reminded the officials that the local government units are not allowed to realign the budget without informing the Provincial Board.

If there are any adjustments that need to be done, she advised the officials to consult the Provincial Government in order to avoid any untoward circumstances.

Representative Yeng Guiao (first district) likened the concept of PDC to playing basketball.

“Just like basketball, there is teamwork. Someone will pass, will rebound, or will defend but there can only be one winner. Those who have teamwork will win and that’s the concept of the Provincial Development Council,” said Guiao, coach of PBA team Rain or Shine.

Guiao also highlighted the budget approved by the president for the development of the Clark International Airport (CRK).

“The long-awaited construction of a new terminal for Clark will finally materialize with the approved budget of P1.2 billion. We are happy because it is not only the district which shall benefit from this but also the entire Pampanga and Central Luzon,” the vice governor said.

Pineda also promised to provide a full and detailed report on the funds that the province has received from the National Government.

“I will release a report to the Kapampangans which will disclose the amount of funds that the province has received from the National Government. This will also contain which projects were completed, what has been accomplished by the capitol, and where the money goes each year,” she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 25, 2014.

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