Biz­man happy with Duterte’s at­ten­tion for the re­gions

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY IAN OCAM PO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

Ian Ocampo Flora CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— Pam­panga Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try Inc. (PamCham) Vice-Chair­man Rene Romero said that he is happy with the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tions at­ten­tion for the re­gions es­pe­cially the planned in­fra­struc­ture and de­vel­op­ment projects for the re­gions.

Romero, a long time pri­vate sec­tor par­tic­i­pant in the re­gional de­vel­op­ment coun­cils, said that this is the first time in so many ad­min­is­tra­tions that there are clear-cut pro­grams for the re­gions.

“I would love to be­lieve that these plans and pro­grams will push through,” Romero said stress­ing that such de­vel­op­ments would com­ple­ment the on go­ing pri­vate sec­tor-led de­vel­op­ments in the re­gion. Pam­panga, for one, he said has seen so many de­vel­op­ments in the past five years, adding that in­vest­ment would con­tinue to come in not just from home-grown in­vest­ment but spe­cially from big in­vestors in the na­tional level.

“This is a very ex­cit­ing time for in­vest­ment in Pam­panga but also wor­ri­some as gov­ern­ment in the re­gions would need to pre­pare,”

Romero said stress­ing that de­vel­op­ment brings with it the usual prob­lems like traf­fic due to the in­flux of eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties.

Romero said that lo­cal gov­ern­ment units should get ready and place nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture in place so as not to end up like Metro Manila. He said that the re­gion’s in­fra­struc­ture, trans­porta­tion and man­age­ment sys­tems should com­ple­ment the needs of times.

“Let us act now and not wait for the time and wake up to a sce­nario that we are like Metro Manila,” Romero said that gov­ern­ment in the re­gions should not be left two steps be­hind spe­cially with the de­vel­op­ments be­ing stirred by the pri­vate sec­tor and the na­tional gov­ern­ment un­der the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion.

— Chris Navarro

GIFT GIV­ING. Lubao Budget Of­fi­cer Edith Ro­driguez dis­trib­utes toys and gifts to some 1,300 in­di­gent kids com­ing from var­i­ous barangays in the town dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Christ­mas party spon­sored by An­drea and An­nyka Pineda-Cayabyan ,daugh­ters of Mayor...

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