25 September 2014

RDC moves to implement vital projects in Central Luzon

The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Central Luzon has paved the way for the implementation of at least five priority projects expected to stimulate economic progress in the region.

In a council meeting in San Jose, Palayan City in Nueva Ecija, officials and representatives from Aurora, Baler, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales approved resolutions that would prime up the region for more commerce and industry by providing alternative ports and additional mass transit from Metro Manila.

The approved resolutions included the fast-tracking of the implementation of Phase 1 of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR); the reconsideration of Clark as the location of a new NAIA terminal and to provide national government subsidy for the Budget Terminal Expansion and Facility Modernization of Clark International Airport; and urging the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) to intensify its promotion and marketing development activities.

The RDC likewise endorsed Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority’s (SBMA) request to encourage importers and exporters of Region III to utilize the Port of Subic which has recently been declared as an extension of the Port of Manila.

Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado said the council also endorsed the appointment of Renato G. Romero, private sector representative for Trade and Industry as co-chairman of the Sectoral Committee on Economic Development (SCED) of the 14th RDC.

Moreover, Pampanga Gov. Lilia G. Pineda, chair of social development committee, called on the
National Housing Authority (NHA), Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to work together in the identification of unoccupied hectares of publicly-owned land so that the government could use these for its housing and other infrastructure needs.

She said the local government units are “in need of vacant lots, new facilities for the homeless and the sick, especially now that we are experiencing climate change.’’

Pineda said line agencies must also work and coordinate among each other to rehabilitate and maximize the use of many abandoned day care centers and health clinics.

“Instead of asking the national government for more funds for the construction of facilities like day care centers and health centers, the local government units can just renovate the abandoned buildings with minimal expense,’’ she said. (Franco C. Regala and Freddie Velez, Manila Bulletin)