HAVE you been to Clark Freeport recently? If you did, you'll not miss noticing the many road projects currently being undertaken. It is in preparation of the forthcoming Asean minister meeting scheduled sometime this coming November. The freeport is one of the venues.
Next question: Why government has to wait for an Asean event to do the roads? The answer: It is because funds were only made available by the national government in support of the appropriations budgeted by Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for all the infrastructures needed.
Even some big houses are being rushed by that lucky contractor Mr. Cuerpo. They will be used as temporary quarters for the delegates. My friends, CDC President Noel Manankil and Vice President for Engineering Alveen Tabag have rolled sleeves in monitoring the progress of the constructions.
Some roads in Angeles City are also being widened to complement the construction inside Clark. For some time now the Friendship road which in early years was only a two lane road, now it is being widened as a six lane road. Hopefully the expanded road will not be used as parking areas for the several business establishments on both sides of the road.
While the subject is about roads, haven't you asked yourself who is in charge in maintaining the roads of subdivisions? There are several gated and open subdivisions in your neighborhood and possibly you've noticed that they are now in miserable conditions. For the uninformed, subdivision roads are suppose to be donated to the local government where it is located. And there is a process in donating the roads. The donation should pass through the municipal/city council for discussions, and possibly a public hearing to deliberate upon if to accept or not.
Legally, subdivision roads are considered open spaces and if not donated to the local government, real property taxes should be imposed. But when the subdivision owners/developers will offer the spaces for donation, the roads must be in good conditions before the acceptance. Otherwise, the council will outright refuse the deed.
As at is now, so many subdivision roads are in miserable state, like what many discovered when detours were initiated during the widening of the Friendship road.
- Government put on hold private bids for new airports. I can sense that a taipan is behind it.
- Two conglomerates, San Miguel Corp. and ARRC submitted proposals and were put on hold. Forever?
- The way Duterte's economic managers are handling the situation, nothing much will be accomplished in the next five years.
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on June 20, 2017.
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