Laus and MM Congestion
Sun Star Pampanga , 12-07-2014
TWO years ago, the chairman emeritus of the Pampanga
chamber of commerce and industry started an advocacy to decongest
Metro Manila for the overall sustainability of the country's
Its highly developed infrastructure attracted the country's
largest factories, corporations, and migrants to the metropolis.
The runaway economic expansion has spawned its congestion
With prophetic insight, auto dealership titan Levy P. Laus
foresaw what is now Metro Manila's monstrous daily traffic and the
high pollution that is the bane of a population of l2 million.
Laus asked the national government to relocate its major offices
and agencies to Central Luzon even as he advised commercial and
industrial firms to move to Pampanga and consider the province the
base of their expansion. He noted that bulk of government
infrastructure spending for roads and bridges, telecommunications,
mass transit system, and power facilities were allocated to the
national capital region. This resulted to investors to flock to the
MM area leaving out the nearby provinces in the growth process.
The PamCham official said his advocacy to decongest MM is to
enable the development of urban economic growth areas outside the
metropolis. He mentioned Pampanga as an ideal relocation site with
its underutilized land area, a highly trained work force, and
existing road and airport facilities.
It appears that the government is giving Laus's concept a
serious study, in addition to the outcry of an international
realtors group against the toxic congestion in the capital
The KMC Mag Group's finding on the tourism industry as a "low
lying fruit" buttresses and coincides with early research of Dr.
Irineo "Bong" Alvaro Ph.D on the suitability of Pampanga as
investment destination. The president of BB International, lead
agency in leisure and resort development at Clark disclosed that
their Midori Hotel and Casino will soon become a tourist facility
with its 110 luxury rooms and 19 extra-large suites. A theme park
A caravansary of world travellers and tourists from South East
Asian capitals are expected to fly to the country, according to the
Mag Group. The Midori's hotel rooms will be ready to accommodate
more international visitors at competitive prices. Dr. Bong's
research also validates Laus's contention on Pampanga's advantage
as primary investment and relocation site. Alvaro stressed
Pampanga's young demographic advantage at 23.l years old; a 96.2 %
literacy rate and a well educated work force.
The CL Daily reported that investigators looking into the ambush
slaying of Marianne Lucas Gantan are now exploring the theory of
love angle in her death. The late Marianne had a lover's quarrel
with her live-in partner weeks before the killing. She was reported
negotiating the sale of her property with plans to settle abroad.
Her mother, good government crusader Pyra Lucas said the killing
was a case of mistaken identity and pointed accusing fingers at the
Mabalacat officials. Mayor Boking has filed a libel suit against
her even as his bequest the city council offered a P100,000 reward
leading to information for the arrest of the killers. While
speculations and allegations flew thick and fast in the new city,
Board Member Cris Garbo, the mayor's chief rival for the coming
mayoralty contest, stated "my cumpadre (Boking) is not capable of
doing that (killing)."