New development trends

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LAST July 21, 2014, Mabalacat City quietly observed its two years' existence as a component city, with the plebiscite toward the creation approved by the electorate on said date.

In assessing development trends since its creation as a city, Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales made a fast review as follows: in the field of education, much attention has been given to this pillar of the Morales administration. Per Mayor Morales, improvements were introduced at
Mabalacat City College, the flagship of his projects, such improvements consisting of a gym and covered court and additional classrooms to accommodate its increasing enrolment which is expected at more than 3,000 students.

On health, Mayor Morales has worked for the provision of appropriate facilities and equipment. Besides these, regular medical-dental missions were held during barangay days spearheaded by Peso Mabalacat. The good mayor intends to bring basic services closer to Mabalaquenos.


On solid waste management, a thorny issue among local government units, Mabalacat City already has a functional materials recovery facility. It is, however, negotiating for a land area to accommodate solid waste management efforts of the City. Additionally, it encourages barangay
officials to participate actively in this effort.

Preparations are underway to push through the reorganization of the city's manpower complement, in line with the city charter.


An Executive Order (EO No. 21) was issued by Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales to create the Task Force Mabalacat City Museum Development. It should be recalled that the city government operations were transferred to Xevera Tabun on May 4, 2009 from the old town hall building at
Barangay Poblacion.

In its place, the City Schools Division office was housed in the old municipal building. Lately, however, it is to be transferred to its new building adjacent to the old one. The city government now plans to convert the old municipal hall into a museum. For this purpose, the Task
Force was created and is composed of the following: Mayor Marino Morales, chairman, Vice Mayor Christian Halili, vice chairman, Dionisio Magbalot, Jr., vice chairman Dr. Leonardo Canlas, Dr. Nicolas Capulong, Mrs. Carmelita P. Sotto, SP Member Rox Pena, Alex Castro, Robbie Tantingco, Edgar Hilbero, Members and Rosanno S. Paquia, head of the secretariat.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 25, 2014.


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