Clark as the next big me­trop­o­lis

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

FI­NANCE SEC­RE­TARY Car­los G. Dominguez, the chief of the Duterte eco­nomic team fear­lessly pro­claimed Clark, in the near fu­ture, will be the next big me­trop­o­lis.

Big ticket pro­jects are lined up to sup­port this claim such as the P211.43 bil­lion Philip­pine Na­tional Rail­ways North 2 project which will con­nect Malo­los, Bu­la­can and Clark Air­port and the Clark Green City which will host the Na­tional Govern­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tive Cen­ter.

An­other ma­jor in­fras­truc­ture project in Clark Freeport is the P12.55 bil­lion new ter­mi­nal build­ing of the Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port which, ac­cord­ing to Sec­re­tary Dominguez will hike the air­port’s ca­pac­ity to han­dle 8 mil­lion pas­sen­gers a year and would thus pave the way for the ac­cel­er­ated growth of Cen­tral and North­ern Lu­zon and ad­ja­cent ar­eas.

One should also con­sider the New Clark Green City, now busy with con­struc­tion pro­jects by con­sor­tiums and multi-na­tional con­trac­tors.

Several ac­counts have been made of the par­tic­i­pa­tion of coun­tries like Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, South Korea, Japan and, of course, China. Each coun­try has since in­fused funds, man­power and equip­ment to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the new Clark Green City and im­prove­ments, such as the road net­work and ac­cess roads have been ac­com­plished. Be­cause of the huge project costs only very large con­struc­tion com­pa­nies like RD Poli­car­pio Com­pany and Lead­way Con­struc­tion, to name a few, have been given as­sign­ments at the new Clark Green City. I sup­pose gi­ant con­struc­tion firms such as DM Con­sunji, RII Builders and New San Jose Builders will join the task of im­prov­ing the large project.

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I have lived in Barangay Tabun, the north­ern most barangay of Ma­bal­a­cat City for over three years now. Specif­i­cally, my res­i­dence at Fi­esta Com­mu­ni­ties is or­derly and with­out has­sle, ex­cept loud muf­fler sounds from mo­tor­cy­cles and loud bark­ings of dogs of my in­sen­si­tive neigh­bors. The barangay, I learned, is now drug-free.

Over­all, I can say that liv­ing in Barangay Tabun is peace­ful and stress-free, thanks to the good man­age­ment of Barangay Chair­man Jerry Magsino and his team. Chair­man Magsino has seen to it that res­i­dents liv­ing in his turf can co-ex­ist with their neigh­bors and at­tend promptly to what­ever con­cerns, com­plaints or is­sues af­fect­ing them. Surely, vot­ers in Barangay Tabun have felt and no­ticed the good lead­er­ship of Chair­man Magsino and will be voted upon again on May 14, 2018.

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