Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has rallied constituents to support the massive development plan for the proince.
Arroyo was among the local officials present to receive the “The Pampanga Megalopis Plan” that aims to develop the province into an urban growth center in North Luzon.
She committed to be the foremost advocate and promoter of the Pampanga Megalopolis Plan both locally and internationally.
The plan was officially handed over by Lawyer Peter Sychiangco, representing Ramon S. Ang, president and chief executive officer of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) that provided the financial grant to formulate the plan, and Architect Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr., principal architect-urban planner of the Palafox Associates.
Composed of various metropolitan areas, the Pampanga Megalopolis is clustered into four building blocks, namely: Aerotropolis (airport-driven cluster: Angeles City, San Fernando City, Mabalacat, and Mexico), Agropolis (agriculture-driven cluster: Lubao, Guagua, Sta Rita, Bacolor, San Luis, San Simon, Apalit, Santo Tomas, Sta Ana and Magalang), Aquapolis (water-driven cluster: Sasmuan, Macabebe, Minalin, Masantol, and Lubao), and Ecopolis (ecology-driven cluster: Arayat, Candaba, Floridablanca, and Porac).
The proposed projects in these metropolitan clusters are in the areas of transportation and road Infrastructure; alternative corridor and transportation improvement measures for MacArthur Highway (mass transport); tourism projects at pplands and wetlands; integrated water resources and water supply Planning; and Disaster Resilience and Flood Protection; Agro-Industrial Development Zones.
Another important component of the Pampanga Megalopolis is the Pampanga Golden Triangle, an imperative channel to jumpstart the proposed projects and developments under the plan.
Bounded by major thoroughfares such as SCTEX, NLEX, MacArthur Highway, and Jose Abad Santos Ave. (JASA), the Pampanga Golden Triangle is a composite convergence of three cities -Angeles, San Fernando, and Mabalacat, and six municipalities -Porac, Floridablanca, Lubao, Guagua, Santa Rita, and Bacolor.
With Angeles and San Fernando cities being Pampanga’s main urban centers and with their relatively lower susceptibility to natural hazards, the Pampanga Golden Triangle signifies high development potential and could very well be the jump-off point for the larger context of the province.
In her acceptance speech, Governor Lillia Pineda emphasized that she is not only receiving the plan document, but more importantly, she is accepting the responsibility of seeing to it that the plan is implemented to the fullest benefit of the present and future generations of Kapampangans.
Pineda committed to create a Project Management and Investment Promotions Unit, under the Office of the Governor, to aggressively shepherd the implementation of the plan. (PNA)