Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Infra projects in Pampanga since 2010 amount to P1.2B

CLARK FREEPORT, November 6, 2012-The provincial government has spent at least P1.2 billion for a number of infrastructure projects in Pampanga since 2010.

This was announced by Governor Lilia Pineda during the oath-taking of the officers of Provincial Federation of Barangay Health Workers dubbed as “Bayanihan Para Sa Kalusugan Ng Mga Kapampangan” held recently at Stotsenberg Hotel inside Clark Freeport.

“Since we assumed as governor of Pampanga, we have funded major infrastructure projects like construction and renovation of district hospitals, construction of classroom buildings in different public schools and provincial, municipal and barangay farm to market roads,” Pineda said.

The provincial government has started the general renovation and improvement of all existing district hospital buildings in the province including facilities and medical equipment.

“In the improvement of our district hospitals, we are 85 percent completed," the governor said.

The Capitol has also funded the establishment of dialysis centers in selected district hospitals aimed at providing cheaper treatment for dialysis patients.

These were realized through partnership with private individuals and companies who are helping the governor through the provision of dialysis machines under a co-management agreement.

As of this month, at least 182 newly classrooms and six covered courts in various public schools in the province had been constructed with an estimated amount of P176 million.

For 2011 alone, records from the provincial engineering office show that Pampanga released P50, 083, 216 for the construction of 45 new rooms, repair and improvement of 32 classrooms, and building of five covered courts.

This year, P54, 149,836 was allocated to finance the construction of 28 new classrooms, repair and improve 77 classrooms and one covered court.

At least 35 classrooms amounting to P62.5 million and another P9.7 million for the construction of boys and girls comfort rooms for 26 public schools are still on-going.

The provincial government, through the engineering office had facilitated the reconstruction several provincial roads in flood hit municipalities that were damaged by recent calamities.

Other infrastructure projects finished were the improvement of dikes particularly in Mandili, Candaba, and in San Sebastian, San Luis town.

Pampanga River Dike road Batasan-Candating section in Arayat, San Nicolas 1st barangay road in Sasmuan, Phase 11 of Guagua-Sta.

Rita-Porac road San Matias and Becuran section, Phase IV Dila-dila section both in Sta. Rita, and Phase V Dila-dila-Pulong Santol section in Sta.Rita-Porac were also completed.

The widening of San Miguel-Sta.Cruz barangay road in San Simon and reblocking and asphalt overlay of Sto. Domingo-Lourdes-San Isidro-Telacsan-Colgante provincial road from Minalin to Apalit and Macabebe.

The provincial government also completed the improvement and concreting of the provincial road in San Juan-San Jose-Natividad-Lambac-Pulong Masle road Lambac section in Guagua, San
Matias-San Simon road San Matias section in Sto. Tomas, and Del Rosario-Bacolor road in the City of San Fernando, Sta. Ana Magalang along San Agustin section and in San Sebastian San Luis.

Last year, after typhoon Pedring devastated the province, Pineda provided at least P80 million for the priority development projects of each of the 20 municipalities in the province.

This is intended to jump start the reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure facilities and their projects highly needed in the municipality.

Recently, the provincial government has given all local government units P100 million to finance different priority development projects.

Each municipality received at least P5 million to ensure the continuity of infrastructure development down to the barangay level. (Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu with reports from Joel Mapiles of Pampanga PIO)


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