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SOPA under Duterte

Jul 25, 2017

SO, HOW did Pampanga fare in the Duterte agenda in the president’s first year in office?

P3.9 billion with the Department of Public Works and Highways funding 291 infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, flood control, and even tourism projects.

P664,074,281 funding 235 projects through the Bottoms Up Budgeting Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government,

P160,253,071 for feeding programs, social pension programs, cash for work, assistance to individuals in crisis situations, as well as construction of daycare centers through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

P137,004,433 allocated through the Department of Labor and Employment for its special program for the employment of students in Pampanga and other emergency employment initiatives.

P10.1 million medicine allocation for rural health centers, P93.9 million of medical supplies and medicines for rural health units, and P14.6 million for hospitalization assistance for patients in the 11 district hospitals – all these through the Department of Health.

P74.8 million from the Department of Agriculture for 365 post-harvest and land preparation facilities with another P18 million from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for fish landing stations in Lubao, Sasmuan, Guagua, Minalin and Sto. Tomas.

Gov. Lilia G. Pineda could only be profuse with her gratitude: “Nagpapasalamat tayo sa ating Pangulo dahil sa hindi napag-iiwanan ang Pampanga. Ang ating lalawigan ay isa sa mga nangunguna sa mga binibigyang prayoridad sa lahat ng mga programa ng pambansang pamahalaan. Ang mga serbisyong ito ay lubos na nakatulong at nagpa-angat sa estado ng pamumuhay ng mga Kapampangan. (We are thankful to our President because he has not left out Pampanga. In fact, Pampanga is among the leading provinces given priority in the different national programs of the government. These services uplift the lives of the Kapampangan).”

As to the war against illegal drugs, the governor noted the impact of the president’s campaign with the surrender of thousands of drug dependents in the province and the full cooperation of local officials and citizens that has redounded to Pampanga being the region’s safest and most peaceful province.

All is well. All for the better. So reported Pineda on the state of the province in the first year of Duterte as president.

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