Aug 4, 2017

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Capitol bent to adapt Megalopolis plan

Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda during the “Last Draft Presentation” of Megalopolis Plan held at Kingsborough International Convention Center (Photos by Jun Jaso, PIO)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – With the branding “Love Pampanga – Counter Magnet to Metro Manila”, the provincial government is bent to adapt the Pampanga Megalopolis plan prepared by international architect-urban planner Felino A. Palafox Jr.

The Megalopolis plan including the “Pampanga Golden Triangle” (City of San Fernando to Lubao, Angeles City to Clark Freeport and Porac to Subic Bay Freeport), which makes up a super city for Pampanga is an initiative of former president now 2nd District Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

With this, Governor Lilia “Nanay” G. Pineda thanked the Arroyo as she enjoined all stakeholders to help for the development of the Pampanga.

“Magtulong-tulong tayo para sa pag-unlad ng Pampanga,” the governor said.

The governor vowed to promote Pampanga to the rest of the world in her remaining two years as a public official.

During the ‘’Megalopolis Last Draft Presentation’’ yesterday at Kingsborough International Convention, 3rd District Board Member Rosve Henson said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) is set to file a resolution adapting the Megalopolis plan, including the possibility to integrate all cities and municipalities to evolve into sustainable growth centers.

He said the SP welcomes the high development potentials of Pampanga through several infrastructure projects to reinforce its purpose as an urban-growth center.

He also addressed the impeding setback to organize all intended projects from the different municipalities of the province to align the budget projected for the formation of the Megalopolis plan.

Palafox and its associates presented before the governor, Arroyo, provincial mayors and top businessmen the last draft of the plan that includes sectoral studies in circumferential roads, mass transit system, tourism, water supply, flooding and agri-industrial estate.

Palafox cited the 5 to 10-year timeline of developing bulk water supply systems in Porac, Arayat, Lubao and Candaba that can help reduce risk by not depending on ground water.
Establishment of new tourist attractions such as the Floridablanca Stargazing Park and Astroscience center, Lubao-Guagua Art District and Pampanga Tourism Center was also raised in the presentation.

Meanwhile, Congresswoman Arroyo urged the mayors to double their efforts in finalizing their allocated projects in their specific locale to confirm the intended budget for the Megalopolis plan.
She also said that the local officials had already conducted a Visioning Workshop of their intended plans for their respective towns and cities considering the terrain, population and local produce and resources.

Ma. Reina Len Luna