Today's Punto
Today's Punto

Jul 27, 2017

HE HAS his own “Build, Build, Build!” litany for his city.

The NLEx-SCTEx connecting road or Abacan Expressway. The East Circumferential Road. The Furniture Village bypass road. The Angeles Livelihood Road at EPZA. The Angeles SCTEx toll exit interchange in Margot. The expansion of the Clark-Angeles Perimeter Road. An upland watershed reserve. The widening of the Manila North Road, The Pulung Maragul bridge. The widening of the Pulung Cacutud and Cutud bridges. The flyover at the junction of MacArthur Highway and the Angeles-Magalang Road. The Telebastagan- Friendship Road. The Angeles-Porac-Dinalupihan Road. The rehabilitation of the banks of Abacan River in Hensonville and Malabanias.

All these already in the pipeline of the Regional Development Council, which he happens to also head, declared – rather breezily despite the jumble of verbiage – the Honorable Mayor Edgardo D. Pamintuan in his State of the City Address last Tuesday.

“Today, Angeles City is at the threshold of a historic development and surefire prosperity with the programs and initiatives of the Duterte administration, in only its first year in power,” enthused Pamintuan.

Two big-ticket projects of the administration that will certainly catapult the development not only of his city but the whole of Pampanga and the rest of Central and Northern Luzon, Pamintuan averred, are the P211.43-billion Malolos-Clark Railway Project, and the P12.55-billion expansion of the Clark International Airport, already past the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority.

“The railway will open up many parts of Central Luzon, primarily Angeles City, to greater development. The rail will not only decongest traffic in Metro Manila, but will open up the tracks for investments rolling to the growth centers north of Manila,” he said.

The expansion of the Clark airport to double its passenger capacity to eight million from the current 4.2 million directly impacts upon Angeles City.

“We are a tourism and entertainment destination and our industries and enterprises in relation to tourism, entertainment, food, among others, will benefit immensely from a more active international airport in our neighborhood,” the mayor said.

All, said so well.

In the meanwhile, traffic has remained horrendous at the EPZA stretch of the Angeles-Magalang Road, at the junction of the Circumferential Road and the Angeles-Porac Road, at the MacArthur Highway roundabouts in Marisol and Sto. Cristo…

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