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P4-B infra projects up in Zambales


IBA, Zambales – Governor Amor Deloso said yesterday his administration is implementing R4 billion worth of infrastructure projects in the province, primarily the construction of additional schools and other social development projects in a span of one year.

“Madaming infrastructure projects that are being implemented in our province. You can see the almost simultaneous blessing of new school buildings and other infrastructures,” the governor said.

But he reiterated that the provincial government under his leadership will not allow heavy industries to thrive in the province, particularly in the northern Zambales as tourism remains the best industry in the province.

He said the province needed to build more schools and other social development infrastructure projects to empower all, especially the youth sector, towards brighter future.

Aside from the R4-billion projects the province has funded, Deloso also disclosed the revival of the Tarlac-Iba Road project through the persistence of Rep. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla (1st District) and the support of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar. When finished, the P7.2 – billion project will connect Iba, Zambales to Capas, Tarlac and open the vast land area for new investors.

The provincial government is likewise anticipating the construction of the arterial roads here which will accommodate delegates of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, and as well sports enthusiasts and tourists. The construction cost of at least R700-million will come from the national government, said Deloso.

The Philippines was set to host the games after Brunei Darussalam withdrew its hosting rights apparently due to the country’s lack of sporting facilities, accommodation, and preparation of their athletes. The government earlier announced that the games would be held in the Central Luzon area, particularly in the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales.

“I am very thankful that Zambales, our province, was chosen as one of the venues for the game,’’ he said, adding that he was personally informed of the development by no less than Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., who paid a courtesy visit along with his staff at the capitol recently.