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Manila, Angeles City, Clark Freeport, North of Manila,
Clark Zone, Pampanga, Philippines
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Officials and stakeholders from this city last Wednesday urged for the immediate and massive cleanup of drainage systems along vital thoroughfares like Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa).
Engr. Marni Castro said that checking cross-drains and cleaning up smaller creeks along Jasa will help prevent deep flooding.
The city was hit by floods caused by torrential rains brought by Tropical Depression Falcon.
Castro, whose appointment with the City Government as consultant expired January this year, said, “There are about four cross-drains along Jasa, which need to be checked. Then at the back of the gasoline station west bound of the avenue is a creek which needs to be dredged with a backhoe.
Cleaning them up will greatly help in the flow of water towards outlets and channels. Assuming, iyung cross-drain doon ay mabubuhay natin.”
It can be recalled that Castro has been in forefront of cleaning up vital waterways, leading city engineers and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) personnel in desilting works of drainage systems all over the city last year.
“I am doing this now as a stakeholder and Fernandino since my appointment with the city expired last January. Even then, we must help and exert our efforts to prevent another flooding like this,” he told Sun.Star Pampanga while supervising the opening of a box culvert at the east-bound portion of Jasa and inspecting the construction of a mall’s drainage system on the other side, which violated the building code.
Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, for his part, said that aside from desilting works, there is a need to fortify water channels with embankments, like that of the Balimbing Creek which breached, causing deep floods along the avenue and Barangay San Jose.
“Unless this is rehabilitated and embankments constructed, talagang magkaka-flooding ulit sa San Fernando. Silted na rin masyado iyung daanan ng tubig sa poblacion. Mabuti naman at nakita ng mga consultants natin ang problem and we are willing to put the necessary structure. We will look for funds for this stretch,” Rodriguez said.
Meanwhile, DPWH regional director Antonio Molano, Jr. said the agency is now poised to desilt drainage systems in the city again.
“Heavily silted na ang drainage systems dito sa Jasa. The 1.2 meters box culvert is silted half. We would have this declogged immediately to effect free flow of water,” he said.
Molano added that they would also check drainage systems of establishments along Jasa, which could have been covered and filled with trash.
“At the outfall of the drainage, the flow of water is very weak. At least once a year before the rainy season, desilting must be done to prevent flooding. This is what our people did but there is a lot of garbage in the drainage system, which is the major cause of siltation,” he added.
Molano said the DPWH and local government units should coordinate and work together to prevent flooding. (Jovi T. De Leon)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 30, 2011.


Established in 2002, YATS WINE CELLARS is a wholly-owned business unit of Hong Kong-based Yats International which owns and operates resort, wine shops, wine bars and fine-dining restaurant properties in Clark Freeport in The Philippines. YATS WINE CELLARS and its wine stores in Manila, Angeles City, Clark, Pampanga cater to a clientele of discerning wine lovers from all over the world. This wine shop is generally regarded by wine lovers to be the best place to buy wine in Manila. Besides a good selection of wine for everyday enjoyment, YATS wine stores offers a unique selection of aged vintage wines made available to wine enthusiasts at remarkably affordable prices. Vintages span over a century and the selection of old- and new-world wines covers all major wine regions.

To enable wine lovers in Asia to learn more about wine, public wine tastings are held from time to time in Clark, Pampanga and sometimes in Manila. Tickets range from p500 to p1500 for these themed events that are professionally run –no wine merchants sponsorship, pushy wine salesmen or tacky banners to ruin the evening. Each wine tasting ticket contains a certain number of stubs that can be redeemed for a tasting pour of a wine among those on a line-up which often contains wines that are quite old and expensive.

Wine-paired dinners are organized either at fine dining Y A T S Restaurant in Clark or in collaboration with other restaurants and organizers. Private wine dinners can also be organized for groups of 14 or more. Even Asian cuisines can be a part of a Yats Wine-paired dinner.

Wine stores of Yats Wine Cellars offer interesting gift packs for all occasions. Wine gift baskets from these wine shops have to contain something more interesting than just a colorful packaging with very mediocre content. The wine has to be a bit more than marginally drinkable. Last year many people were disappointed with the wine gifts they received when they went around to drinking the wine.

Wine from all major wine regions are available, including fine wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Loire, Sauternes Barsac, Champagne, Chablis, Meursault, Cote Rotie and Romanee Conti are all available here. In addition to French wines, this leading Philippines wine supplier also has a good selection of wines from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Australia. The selection of Brunello, Chianti, Rioja, Riesling, Gruner Veltliner and Ice wine are impressive.

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Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Metro Manila, Philippines
(632) 637-5019 0917-520-4393 ask for Rea or Kristine

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Clark Wine Center
Bldg 6460 Clark Observatory Building
Manuel A. Roxas Highway corner A Bonifacio Ave,
Angeles Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga 2023
0922-870-5173 0917-826-8790 (ask for Ana Fe)

Getting to this wine shop in Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Philippines from Manila
Getting to the Clark Wine Center wine shop from Manila is quite simple: after entering Clark Freeport from Dau and Angeles City, proceed straight along the main highway M A Roxas. Clark Wine Center is the stand-along white building on the right, at the corner A Bonifacio Ave. From the Clark International Airport DMIA, ask the taxi to drive towards the entrance of Clark going to Angeles City. From Mimosa, just proceed towards the exit of Clark and this wine shop is on the opposite side of the main road M A Roxas.

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YATS Leisure Philippines is a developer and operator of clubs, resorts and high-class restaurants and wine shops in Clark Angeles Philippines

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