Lawmaker wants game plan for Clark-A A +A
Sunday, January 12, 2014
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga Representative Joseller Guiao (first district) said over the weekend that the Clark Summit slated on January 21 will eventually result in a much needed game plan.
In an interview with veteran broadcasters Perry Pangan and Boy Santiago over dwRW 95.1 FM’s “Talakayan,” Guiao said that the summit hopes to come up with a common development agenda among stakeholders during the whole-day meet.
“The summit’s objective is to come up with a common agenda and interest among our stakeholders. The outcome of the one day summit with interaction in the afternoon will then be consolidated and submitted to the national government to raise consciousness about what to do with Clark Freeport,” he said.
Guiao said that giving more attention to the Clark development agenda, through an expression of sentiments of those participating in the summit, is seen as an optimistic move to fast track plans for the Freeport.
“There were unforeseen delays because of recent issues that cropped up in Congress like the pork barrel scam and calamities like Yolanda. Hopefully with the summit, mapapabilis ito dahil hindi dapat makalimutan ang Clark,” he said.
Among the salient concerns that would be taken up at the summit, Guiao stressed, are the fast rail system, the renaming of the Freeport after the late President Corazon Aquino, and the “unprogrammed budget” of some P7.6 billion for the airport still with the Department of Budget and Management.
“We must not forget that developing Clark Freeport and its airport will benefit not only Central and North Luzon but the whole country as well,” said Guiao.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 12, 2014.