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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

PGMA inaugurates 2 vital facilities in Pampanga

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated today a friendship bridge and a business process outsourcing (BPO) facility here in Angeles City, Pampanga that are both expected to boost economic development and provide job opportunities to residents of Pampanga and other Central Luzon provinces.

Coming from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) main office in Mandaluyong City, the President motored here and inaugurated first the P152- million Angeles Friendship Bridge at Barangay Anunas here.

Upon her arrival, the President unveiled the bridge marker and was briefed by a representative of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) before leading the ceremonial drive-through of the newly constructed Friendship Bridge.

Pampanga Gov. Mark Lapid, Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin and other local officials joined the President in the ceremonial rites.

The reconstruction of the Angeles Friendship Bridge, destroyed by lahar flows in 1999, is a joint project of the city government, the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), the DPWH and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

Through the initiative of the President and in cooperation with the provincial and Angeles City governments, the construction of the two-lane, 240 linear-meter bridge began on Aug. 15, 2003 and was completed Oct. 25, 2006.

With its completion and connection to the Western Circumferential Road (WCR), the Friendship Bridge is expected to boost the economic influx between the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) and the municipalities south and west of Angeles City such as San Fernando City, Bacolor, Florida Blanca, Sta. Rita, among others.

The Friendship Bridge also has a vital link to CSEZ and other provinces in Central Luzon. It is also part of the access road from the North Luzon Expressway going to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway project.

From Barangay Anunas, the President motored to Clark Special Economic Zone and inaugurated the newest facility of Sutherland Global Services, a leading multi-national business process outsourcing (BPO) provider in Pampanga. Sutherland's new facility in CSEZ is its third BPO delivery center in the Philippines.

Sutherland provides process consulting, back-office processing, account management, customer care and technology support to a global client base, 70 percent of which are listed among the Fortune 500. Over the past year-and-a-half, Sutherland has been successful in adding several Fortune clients to its Philippines operations. (PNA)


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