Pampanga kicks off ‘megalopolis plan’
The Provincial Government of Pampanga has kicked off its megalopolis project with a 50-year development plan.
The “Pampanga Megalopolis Plan”, which involves government officials and various stakeholders, envisions to promote Pampanga as an urban growth center.
Developed by renowned urban planner and architect Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr., the project will cluster the province into four building blocks, namely: the agriculture-driven agropolis (Lubao, Guagua, Sta. Rita, San Luis, San Simon, Sto. Tomas and Magalang towns); water-driven aquapolis (Sasmuan, Minalin, Macabebe, Masantol and Lubao towns); airport-driven aerotropolis (Angeles City, Mabalacat City, City of San Fernando and Mexico town); and the ecology-driven ecopolis cluster (Arayat, Candaba, Floridablanca and Porac towns).
Specific programs will be implemented in each cluster, as it aims to attract both local and foreign tourists to temporarily and permanently reside in the province.
Palafox began the conceptualization of the project in 2016, when he was commissioned by Governor Lilia Pineda, former president and now 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and the private sector led by the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.
Aside from developing the said clusters, the megalopolis plan will also focus on improving transportation and road infrastructure, including the Sasmuan-Masantol Viaduct, Arayat-Magalang road, Angeles-Porac-Floridablanca road, Lubao Bypass road, Masantol-Macabebe-Apalit-San Simon-San Luis-Arayat road, Angeles Bypass road and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway quarry road.
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