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Thursday, February 13, 2014
ALL roads lead to Candaba, that is, the upgrading and rehabilitation the existing roads that will benefit Candabeños especially those into the agriculture sector.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently released more than P38 million for the rehabilitation of major roads in this town that is known for its agriculture, livestock and fishpond industries.
Sadly, it is also known to be perennially flooded as it is one of the low-lying towns of the province. Many of its barangays are located in swampy areas, thus the Candaba swamp.
Last Wednesday, Governor Lilia Pineda, Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc, Pampanga Mayors' League president and Apalit Mayor Oscar Tetangco, other provincial officials and Mayor Rene Maglanque led the groundbreaking ceremonies including DPWH officials of the upgrading of the Baliwag-Candaba-Sta. Ana Road in Barangay San Agustin.
The upgrading of the said road will benefit many of the residents and motorists as well as it will be spared from deep flood during the rainy season.
Last Monday, a consultation cum public hearing was held at the Municipal Hall led by Maglanque with the residents of Barangay Pasig and Pescadores on the upgrading of road that leads to the town proper.
The local chief executive has explained to some residents of the said barangays that the upgrading of their road would benefit them and other Candabeños. He emphasized that during flooding, the town proper and other barangays are kept isolated and that the lives of the people are adversely affected.
He also assured that trades and business in the said barangays that lead to the town proper would not be much affected by the road upgrading but in fact would be greatly benefited later on.
In his message, he expressed that among those who will benefit on the improvement of roads are the schoolchildren whose classes are much affected during the wet months.
Councilor Chaha Sombillo, a member of the Sangguniang Bayan of Candaba has also assured that Candaba would be gradually made flood-free with the upgrading of roads that are usually inundated.
Candabeños that will be affected by the upgrading of roads were likewise assured that their old-aged ancestral houses would not be flooded as canals would also be set in place.
Sombillo in an interview added that the image of Candaba as a perenially-flooded municipality is being changed with the upgrading of roads and the construction of line canals.
Candaba is an agricultural town wherein farmers, fishpond and poultry operators rely on roads in the delivery of their produce in their markets. Once isolated from floods, their businesses are greatly affected as they cannot delivery their yield to their destinations.
Once the road works will all be completed, there will be no worries among traders and businessmen for the marketing of their businesses.
Meanwhile, since Maglanque’s assumption to office, he has focused on improving the lives of Candabeños through the construction of various infrastructure projects including roads and canals.
His targets of making Candaba free from flood are being realized through his leadership and through the help of national government agencies and the provincial government of Pampanga.
Candabeños see road upgrades as their road to progress and development.
Greetings to Mr. Troy Grupo, the Sangguniang Bayan Secretary of Candaba. He is a friend who is also an advocate for the progress and development of the town.
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 14, 2014.