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Sunday, May 4, 2014
WHILE the city mayor was abroad to fulfill official commitments, the hectic beautification work to prepare Angeles City for the Asia Pacific Conference next year was kept on a high gear.
Reports reaching Mayor Pamintuan in Barcelona, Spain elated the mayor, specially the devotion and focus displayed by Alex Cauguiran, City Hall chief of staff. Alex acted as overseer and implementer of infrastructure projects to beautify and impose order in the city streets.
The former city councilor (undefeated) and renowned political strategist was a rigid taskmaster while supervising works to enable the city put its best food forward to the APEC event. Several major conferences of senior ministers of Asia Pacific will be held at Clark Freeport. The city is host to dining and lodging accommodations of several thousand participants and visitors.
Alex’s indefatigable and relentless administration of the sprucing up and construction work produced tangible result, Mayor Pamintuan commended his executive officer. He was quite dismayed, however, by work slippage in public works. He has ordered that projects be pursued “double time.”
Among these projects are the Pandan-Magalang road expansion that the public works department is undertaking, road building and widening in Balibago’s business district center; the rotunda leading to Clark, general clearing and lighting of the Clark perimeter area, and elimination of unsightly overhead power lines, phone and cable TV overhead connections.
Work deadline on the ongoing activities has been stymied by the lack aggressive execution and support compliance by the DPWH on one hand, and the Clark Development Corporation on the other, according to local businessmen.
The mayor, as “responder”, also initiated the construction of a sky bridge to serve thousands of Chevalier School students and residents of barangay Sto.Domingo in that area.Upon his return from a two-week European sojourn, accompanied by telecom icon Dennis Uy and Mrs. Paminuan, the mayor directed the reconnection of traffic light systems in three strategic areas.
By early July, work on the public plaza at the central heritage district would have been completed. Some well meaning citizens, however, have been causing delay on the project by imposing work changes and plan alterations. Also, a police station and a non-working traffic stand at San Nicholas have been dismantled. The rotunda will undergo face lifting, center of which is a sparkling water fountain.
Pamintuan was visibly overwhelmed by culture shock during his trip to cities in Spain, France, and Italy. He amazed at the architectural wonders and heritage infrastructure of the old world, the sense of order, discipline in public health, safety, traffic, and beauty in ordinary surroundings. While taking in the grace and marvel of the lovely places, he thought of his native Angeles City. “You would want to cry,” he recalled.
The diligence and devotion which Governor Pineda puts in her work is legend, “Her latest gem in the crown of her brilliant accomplishments is her sustained and comprehensive distribution of life saving PhilHealth cards to thousands of cabalen,” reported Board Member and Pampanga League of Councilors president Michael Tapang.
Tapang who often accompanies NanayBaby in her barangay sorties to award the health cards to poor families, said the governor has reinforced the people’s love and respect for her. “The PhilHealth privilege is a common man’s passport to any medical institution in times of sickness and emergency, that’s how grateful the people are to the Gov.”
In Porac, residents seem divided between supporters of Vice Mayor Dexter David and Councilor Mike Tapang. The two are expected to battle the mayoralty in 20l6.
A newsman who covered the Governor’s PhilHealth saturation drive in barangay Pio asked Aeta recipients whom they would prefer for next mayor.
“I Tang Dexter pogi ne, palahi ya pa,” said the chief native.
“Pero mas buri miya i Mang Mike, mapaniaup ya, makabuklat ya gamat at eya masakit kasabi.”
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 05, 2014.