Santiago mulls master plan for San Fernando-A A +A
Friday, July 4, 2014
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Edwin Santiago of this city said Wednesday that he wants a master development plan to sustain the capital's growth.
During a forum with media, Santiago said that the master plan will include three to five-year short and five to 15-year medium term development time frames aligned with public-private partnerships or PPP.
The master plan, he said, will include the establishment of a mass transit system, sewerage system, solar and wind power for energy, Boys' Town, Home for the Aged, YMCA, Senior Citizens’ Center, plazas, parks and tourist spots.
"The government should not necessarily undertake the plans because we can engage the private sector in the establishment of such infrastructure," said Santiago.
He added that empowering the private sectore will result to sustainable economic and social development, hand-in-hand with environmental protection and preservation. “I always believed development and the conservation of our natural resources could go hand-in-hand.”
“The government should not involve itself into economic enterprises that the private sector could handle and do better. The master plan will be our guide to that direction which the next administration will hopefully follow and continue,” concluded Santiago. (JTD)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 05, 2014.