Sen­a­tor: CL is PH’s next growth cen­ter

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

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO - Sen­a­tor Joseph Vic tor “JV” Ejercito on Mon­day branded Cen­tral Lu­zon as the next growth cen­ter of the Philip­pines.

Ejercito, who was in the city to join the lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s launch­ing of Na­tional Chil­dren’s Month, cited the po­ten­tial of Cen­tral Lu­zon to be an al­ter­na­tive venue for devel­op­ment in the coun­try.

“Cen­tral Lu­zon is the most promis­ing growth area in the next three to five years with all its po­ten­tial and its strate­gic lo­ca­tion com­ple­mented by the many fea­si­ble pro­grams, par­tic­u­larly in­fra­struc­tures im­ple­mented by the gov­ern­ment,” he said.

Ejercito cited the on­go­ing con­struc­tion of the new ter­mi­nal build­ing in Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port which would boost its po­si­tion as Lu­zon’s premier and world-class gate­way to Asian count r i es.

He stressed that the con­struc­tion of the ter­mi­nal, which is ex­pected to in­crease pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity from two mil­lion to 12 mil­lion an­nu­ally, will not only de­con­gest the Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Air­port but will spread devel­op­ment in the coun­try­side.

More­over, Ejercito noted that the pend­ing con­struc­tion of the Philip­pine Na­tional Rail­way line link­ing Metro Manila to Clark will com­ple­ment

the devel­op­ment to be spurred by one of the ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects out­side the coun­try’s cap­i­tal.

“With all these in­fra­struc­ture projects com­ple­ment­ing each other, eco­nomic devel­op­ment will be­come very enor­mous in Cen­tral Lu­zon in the next three years and hope­fully, it could reach its full po­ten­tials too,” he said.

Mean­while, Ejercito as­sured that the fore­seen boom in the re­gion’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment will also be in­clu­sive to the peo­ple through ad­di­tional em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­creased so­cial pro­grams and devel­op­ment on ed­u­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture, as well.

“I have been ad­vo­cat­ing for the devel­op­ment of Cen­tral Lu­zon as an al­ter­na­tive venue for devel­op­ment since I was in Con­gress and now that I am in the Se­nate, I am very glad that many of my dreams are ma­te­ri­al­iz­ing now,” he said.

Ejercito, who is on his first term as sen­a­tor, is seek­ing to ex­tend his ser­vice to the Filipino peo­ple through leg­is­la­tion as he seeks re-elec­tion in the com­ing May 2019 midterm polls.

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