Travelling has been a form of relaxation and leisure for some. But before achieving that much-needed “me-time”, people would have to traverse and overcome the three-hour traffic jam to get into the capital city of Manila where the airport is located.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan are putting actions into their plans. In Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build!” various infrastructure developments are plotted to boost accessibility within the different regions of the country especially Angeles City.
Part of it is the expansion of the Clark International Airport (CIA) which may accommodate an estimated 60 million to 80 million passengers annually compared to today’s 10M to 30M passengers annually.
In his State of the City Address, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that making CIA as a twin international gateway next to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will tremendously benefit the city citing “the more tourists to come, the more jobs and business opportunities for our people.”
If this will be entirely met, a great deal of locals and tourists will come and visit to explore best tourism spots not only in the city but in the whole of Pampanga. It will also be a high opportunity for the city and the province to expose its culinary legacies of which the Kapampangans are most known for.
Businesses will also thrive in surrounding towns and cities especially Angeles City. The city, then, can be a viable option for entrepreneurs for their business ventures, thus, creating job opportunities for the constituency.
Duterte’s infrastructure initiatives are expected to be accomplished before his term ends. The project, dubbed as the Golden Age of Infrastructure, is seen to bolster the country’s economic viability, especially regions who were left out of the limelight.