ANGELES CITY – The local government here and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) are working together to speed up ongoing infrastructure projects in preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting next year.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and CDC President Arthur Tugade recently met at the city hall and discussed plans.
Joint development projects for the Clark-Angeles perimeter fence, the proposed Clark roundabout and other related matters were discussed during the meeting.
Pamintuan assured Tugade that the City Government will support the CDC undertakings.
“When we talk about Clark we instantly think of Angeles. This is why we are more than willing to partake on this endeavor since it will practically benefit not only Clark but Angeles City as a whole,” Pamintuan said.
The City Government conducted onsite inspections and tagging of illegal structures including eateries, sari-sari stores, and tricycle and jeepney terminals along the Don Juico Avenue in Barangay Anunas and Malabanias.
Some 90 out of 93 illegal structures were already demolished during an operation conducted by local government personnel on June 9 to 11 in preparation for the road’s greening and beautification.
CDC presented an architectural design and a “walkthrough” visual presentation of the proposed Clark-Angeles perimeter greening and beautification.
Parking areas with landscaping and “loading and unloading” bays for public utility vehicles will be put up. Pamintuan said these will provide “a beautiful view of how progressive Angeles is”.
The construction of the Clark rotunda, which is said to be the biggest roundabout in Central Luzon, is currently up for bidding.
The roundabout will complement the planned Sundial Garden/Mini-Cultural Center of the city at the Bayanihan Park.
The City Government is also planning to relocate jeepney terminals surrounding the Bayanihan Park (Hensonville, Friendship-Main Gate, Checkpoint-Highway and Balibago) to improve the traffic condition in the area.
“Political will is important. Some may get angry with all the inconvenience these projects are bringing. But, years from now, people will see how beneficial it is for a fast-growing city,” Pamintuan said.
Clark will be hosting the first leg of APEC 2015 in the country. According to Tugade, Clark will accommodate more than 1,700 senior ministers of finance and tourism from 21 countries for two weeks.
“This is not just Angeles or Pampanga or Clark. It is the Republic of the Philippines hosting the APEC 2015 that we are talking about,” Tugade said.
Pamintuan and Tugade said infrastructure projects will be completed to be accomplished by November in time for the APEC dry run.
City and CDC officials, private contractors, legal consultants, environment officials, local police, business and public transport representatives were also present during the meeting.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 16, 2014.
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