Mayor hits Solidum for la­har threat state­ment

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

ITY OF SAN FER­NANDO - Ba­color town Jose Mari “Jomar” Hi­zon has lam basted Philip­pine In­sti­tute of Vol­canol­ogy and Seis­mol­ogy (Phivolcs) Di­rec­tor Re­nato Solidum for is­su­ing state­ment on the threat of la­har in some Pam­panga towns.

Hi­zon claimed that the Solidum’s “un­so­licited state­ments” in 2016 cost his town lots of busi­ness and devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties

The mayor was re­fer­ring to the state­ment Solidum is­sued to Pam­panga-based me­di­a­men in June 2016 say­ing that heavy rains that will be brought about by an On­doy-like ty­phoon may trig­ger la­har flows and flood­ing in Pam­panga.

Solidum said that erup­tion of Mount Pi­natubo is over but the la­har has been a lin­ger­ing threat, par­tic­u­larly on ar­eas in and around the FVR megadike which mostly cov­ers Ba­color t ow n.

of San Marcelino, Estela An­tipolo of San An­to­nio, and Joseph In­ton of Her­mosa re­ceive their shares from Eisma.

Eisma said the P147.22 mil­lion dis­trib­uted last week rep­re­sented LGU shares for the sec­ond half of 2017.

The amount was 6.96 per­cent lower than the P150.46 dis­trib­uted for the same pe­riod last year.

“SBMA is con­tin­u­ously work­ing on ev­ery pos­si­ble means to at­tract more in­vestors to cre­ate more jobs and in­crease the LGU shares,” Eisma said dur­ing the turnover at the SBMA head of­fice last Fri­day.

She urged the LGUs to help the SBMA de­velop es­tates in their re­spec­tive ar­eas and to start plan­ning for the ex­ten­sion of the Freeport’s fenced-in ar­eas be­cause the SBMA is al­ready run­ning out of space to meet the space re­quire­ment of new and big­ger in­vestors.

“If we could no longer ac­cept new in­vestors, the LGU shares from SBMA would not im­prove fur­ther, and, worse, could even di­min­ish,” she noted.

“We have to find ways to ex­tend the Freeport area, so that we could grow and de­velop more busi­nesses and cre­ate more liveli­hood op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal res­i­dents,” she added.

Lo­ca­tors and in­vestors op­er­at­ing within the Su­bic Bay Freeport re­mit to the SBMA a per­cent­age of their gross in­come.

Of the five per­cent gross rev­enue, three per­cent goes to the na­tional trea­sury, while two per­cent is dis­trib­uted by the SBMA among the eight neigh­bor­ing LGUs.

The LGU share is com­puted based on pop­u­la­tion, 50 per­cent; land area, 25 per­cent, and equal shar­ing, 25 per­cent. (Ric Sapnu)

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