Last March 28, PamCham held a consultative meeting with Urban Planner Architect Jun Palafox to discuss the Pampanga Megalopolis Plan which was also attended by Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Below is a simple structure of the Pampanga Megalopolis.
The Pampanga Megalopolis plan divides the province into an four clusters.
Agropolis is composed of the towns of Lubao, Guagua, Sta. Rita, Bacolor, San Luis, San Simon, Apalit, Sto. Tomas, Sta. Ana and Magalang, because of the Pampanga State Agricultural University can be a center for research, technology, training and extension programs for agriculture.
Aquapolis comprises the towns of Sasmuan, Macabebe, Minalin, Masantol and Lubao, with Masantol as center for aquaculture food processing in Pampanga and Minalin as the “Egg Basket of Luzon”.
Cluster III is the Aerotropolis made up of Mabalacat City, Angeles City, San Fernando City and Mexico. Development potentials for this cluster are Airport Logistics Hub, Central Business District, Economic Zone, and Government Center. The area is also identified as a cultural hub and venue for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibits).
Ecopolis clusters Arayat and Candaba in the Northeast and Porac and Floridablanca in the West. Eco-tourism destinations identified are Mt. Arayat National Park/Forest Reserve, Candaba Swamp, Mt. Dorst, Miyamit Falls, Porac Peak, Darabulbul Falls, viewing deck and hiking trails to Mt. Pinatubo, Nabuclod Eco-tourism Adventure Park, man-made attractions Sand Box and Poracay, and the community-based tourism potentials of Floridablanca and Porac with the presence of the IP communities.
Development needs in each of the four clustered areas were also presented with corresponding budgets.
The Megalopolis also identified the golden triangle of Subic, Clark and San Fernando City that are enveloped within the transportation corridors served by the Mac Arthur highway, the NLEX and the JASA.
Congresswoman GMA requested the urban planner to identify specific road infrastructures that the DPWH can include in their projects for funding by Congress in 2018.