PML prexy op­ti­mistic on Me­ga­lopolisplan

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY ERIKA MARIEL GINES Sun.Star Staff Writer

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO — Lubao Mayor and Pam­panga May­ors League (PML) Pres­i­dent My­lyn PinedaCayabyab over the week­end said she is op­ti­mistic and pos­i­tive that the Pam­panga Me­ga­lopo­lis plan is doable in a longterm devel­op­ment pe­riod.

“Nani­wala po ako na handa na ang at­ing probin­sya. Alam ko pong kakayanin natin,” she said as she af­firmed that the com­pre­hen­sive mas­ter plan, drafted by renowned ar­chi­tect and ur­ban plan­ner Felino Falafox, will be backed and fully sup­ported by lo­cal gov­ern­ment lead­ers.

The PML head then noted that she be­lieves that the pro­posal will serve as a pri­mary guide for stake­hold­ers, lo­cal gov­ern­ment units, the busi­ness sec­tor, and part­ners in de­vel­op­ing the pr ovi nce.

“We are op­ti­mistic that through this mas­ter plan, we can achieve sus­tained growth. This will be our ba­sis for ur­ban plan­ning for the prov­ince. It will help us in de­vel­op­ing and con­struct­ing much-needed thor­ough­fares and in­fra­struc­tures aligned with Pam­panga’s vi­sion of be­com­ing a grow­ing prov­ince and a prov­ince of op­por­tu­nity for all,” she shared.

“With the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this big devel­op­ment, we can in­vite more in­vestors. And of course, with more in­vest­ments here in the coun­try­side, hindi na kailan­gan pu­munta ng mga Ka­pam­pan­gan sa Maynila par a mag­tra­baho,” she added.

More­over, PinedaCayabyab high­lighted that care­ful plan­ning as well as proper im­ple­men­ta­tion are nec­es­sary for the suc­cess of the pr oject .

“Sabi nga po nila, tayo ang ka­sunod ng Metro Manila na uus­bong at lalak­ing probin­sya. Ngu­nit ayaw po nat­ing mat­u­lad sa Maynila na hindi na­plano kung ano ang da­pat na bi­gyan ng pansin. Kaya na­man po ang at­ing pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, sa tu­long ng PML, ay mag­tu­tu­long­tu­long par a maisakatu­paran at mag­ing re­al­i­dad ang Pam­panga Me­ga­lopo­lis plan,” she said.

The Pam­panga Me­ga­lopo­lis plan, ini­ti­ated in 2016 by Sec­ond Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo and Gover­nor Lilia Pineda along with the pri­vate

sec­tor led by the Pam­panga Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Inc. was for­mu­lated to ad­dress the ma­jor is­sues and chal­lenges, as well as op­ti­mize the po­ten­tial of the prov­ince as an ur­ban growth cen­ter that will be­come a counter mag­net to the Manila Me­ga­lopo­lis.


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