PAMCHAM LAUDS DPWH FOR SAN FERNANDO FLOOD MITIGATION MEASURES, HIGHWAY SAFETY STRUCTURES AND THANKS NGCP FOR PLANNED RELOCATION OF TRANSMISSION POLES AT THE JASA
In a recent coordination meeting called by PamCham’s Infrastructure Committee Director In Charge Bong Mah and supported by PamCham President Jess Nicdao, attended by officers and representatives of the DPWH, NGCP, CSFP LGU, SM Pampanga and Robinson Starmills, the business chamber was assured by the DPWH that budget for the much needed drainage rehabilitation and improvement expected to mitigate severe flooding at the barangays of Sto, Nino Viejo and Sta. Teresita had been approved.
The projects, with approximate costs of P10 M for Sto. Nino Viejo and P20 M for Sta. Teresita, are ready for implementation pending the clearing of obstructions by the City of San Fernando Engineer’s office.
PamCham sought the assurance of the City of San Fernando Engineer’s office in hastening the clearing operations, admonishing likelihood of the project’s failure if the encroachment problems remains unsettled.
The DPWH expressed concern over the possibility of the project being recalled if not implemented within the budgetary timeframe.
In the same meeting, NGCP informed PamCham that after receiving the request from the City of San Fernando LGU to relocate the 18 transmission poles that were affected by and subsequently became obstructions after the widening of the JASA, had brainstormed and drafted plans for the relocation of the steel poles.
They committed to disclose the timelines and other pertinent details of the relocation plans as soon as it is approved by NGCP President Mr. Henry Sy, Jr.
The NGCP officials also noted that PamCham’s assistance will eventually be sought by them to facilitate the ROW discussions with the business establishments that will be affected by the pole relocations.
The San Fernando section of the Mac Arthur Highway, which was also recently widened, will be provided with pedestrian refuge island and barriers by the DPWH. These safety structures will support the pedestrian overpasses in ensuring the safety of crossing pedestrians and preventing fatal pedestrian-motorist accidents/collisions.