Capitol presents P421-M development fund to PDC

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Provincial Government of Pampanga headed by Acting Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda on Thursday presented to the Provincial Development Council (PDC) the P421,885,663.80 development fund for priority development projects of Capitol in 2017.

During the PDC re-organizational meeting held at Capitol’s Executive House attended by former President now Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Provincial Administrator Andres Pangilinan, Jr., city and municipal mayors and representatives of various civil society groups, Pineda said that of the P421-million development funds, some P340-million would be used for the infrastructure projects of the province.

“The P20-million will go to the construction, rehabilitation of artesian wells and water systems,” he said.

Pineda furthered that another P20-million will be spent for the agriculture modernization such as construction of farm to market roads, irrigation facilities, purchase of desilting equipment for irrigation canals, threshers and mechanical dryers, hand tractors and other post harvest facilities.

What will remain of the funds will be used for the purchase and development of lands for land banking and the relocation of informal settlers and victims of calamities.

“That is why we need the help of the local chief executives to specify their development projects and present them to the PDC,” Pineda said.

During the PDC meeting yesterday, about 20 percent of the funds were distributed to municipal and city mayors for their priority development projects in their respective towns and cities.

The PDC also acknowledged the newly elected mayors, civil society groups, and representatives of Pampanga lawmakers in the House of Representatives as new members of the council. (JTD)
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