Business group hails Pineda, GMA for anti-flood projects

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    LUBAO, Pampanga – Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PamCham) President Rene Romero has lauded the “initial determined effort” of Governor-elect Lilia “Baby” Pineda and Congresswoman-elect Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to solve the long-time flood problem in Pampanga.

    “Big and small businesses in the province are severely affected when water submerges flood-prone areas prompting the incoming governor and President Arroyo to find a more efficient solution to the perennial problem,” Romero told Punto Central Luzon.

    “As public servants, they know business will not improve if there is flood. Everything is affected,” said Romero, who will attend today’s simultaneous inauguration of Pineda, Arroyo and majority of the elected mayors and other local officials in the province at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here.

    Romero disclosed that about 80 percent of the businesses are affected when floods rise in several towns here.

    “For example, Guagua is known for its delicious food, including chicharon. How will people buy their product when there is flood all over?” he added.

    Pineda and Arroyo recently met at the latter’s residence in Lubao to listen to the report of the representatives of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Pinatubo Hazard Urgent Mitigation Project Phase III (PHUMP).

    Pineda, for her part, said she wants “an end to the flood problem.”

    She stressed that it was her friend and townmate, President Arroyo who started the multi-million project seen to end the flood problem in the province.

    The president will step down on June 30 but will become the congresswoman of the second district which is flood-prone.

    “We don’t want to waste time. The businessmen want better if not permanent solution to floods to improve the local economy,” said Pineda in the dialect.

    Arroyo, for her part, said she wants to meet with PamCham members and officers to improve the PHUMP which is now about 16 percent complete.

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