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PGMA administration's surge in infra spending under way in Pampanga

San Fernando City, Pampanga (12 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the inauguration and groundbreaking of infrastructure projects in this city and Mexico, Pampanga yesterday afternoon as part of her government's "surge in infrastructure spending" to bolster the economic progress of the Philippines.

The President's first stop was the Pampanga High School (PHS) here where she keynoted the celebration of PHS's 100th anniversary.

Prior to her speech, the President led all guests in unveiling the marker of the newly-constructed PHS covered court.

Constructed at a cost of P3.8 million, the PHS covered court provides a venue for PHS students where they can participate in sporting and other co-curricular activities.

The President then proceeded to the PHS main building to unveil the life-sized statue of the school's most illustrious alumnus, the President's father, former President Diosdado Macapagal (PHS Class 1929). Then the PHS's principal Dr. Imelda Macaspac handed to the President the Most Outstanding Alumnus Award posthumously conferred upon the former President Macapagal.

In her speech, the President paid homage to the valiant men and women who make up the teaching profession, saying they are the "backbone of the educational system."

After the event, the President then went to Barangay San Jose Malino in Mexico, Pampanga to groundbreak the future site of the Malino-Anao bridge, a 120-lineal meter bridge that will run across the Abacan river in Bgy. Malino to Bgy. Anao. The planned bridge is expected to cut travel time from the nearby province of Nueva Ejica and the Magalang-Concepcion road and the Ninoy Aquino Byway in Magalang, bypassing the congested portion of the Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo road.

The bridge will also serve as an alternate east-west lateral link to the GSO road and is expected to provide relief, short, safe and convenient travel and better mobility in the transport of agricultural and aquatic products and services.

The P80-million bridge is comprised of four spans at 30 meters, roadway width of 7.32 meters, with pre-stressed on concrete girder resting on bored pile foundation.

The last event for the President was the groundbreaking for the construction of a four-classroom, two-storey academic school building in Pandacaqui, Mexico, Pampanga.

The Pandacaqui Resettlement Elementary School will be constructed at a cost of P4 million and is expected to benefit 180 Pandacaqui students.

The school building is expected to be completed in 120 calendar days.

After her sojourn, the President and her convoy proceeded back to Malacanang. (OPS/PIA) [top]

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