Art Tugade, Cris Garbo

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

With undiminished energy, strong optimism, and staunch determination, CDC Pres. and CEO Arthur P. Tugade has launched the state corporation to the new challenges and opportunities of the coming year.

In his mid-year meeting with local media, Tugade disclosed successful inroads into CDC investment and business development agenda. He is confident that intensive activities inside Clark free port will continue to enjoy government acclaim as a flagship firm of the Aquino administration in national development.

Tugade led a management powerhouse team in the press briefing which included: Mariza O. Mandocdoc, OIC-VP Business Development and Business Enhancement Group; Noel F. Manankil VP for Administration and Finance; Atty. Perlita Sagmit, AVP, Chief Legal Counsel, and Maj. Gen. Ricardo C. Banayat (ret.) AVP for Security Services.


The CDC chief bared an amended agreement with Clark Water. The Ayala subsidiary firm will improve and support the water supply requirements of locators while drastically decreasing its rates. Ongoing is construction work of a new 3-hectare container yard for Clark as well as beautification projects in the port’s frontage and perimeter area.

“Atty. Tugade’s relentless drive is always focused on job generation arising from expanding business operations or the opening of new investments,” said Angelo Lopez, Jr., CDC external affairs manager. “He keeps special watch over the completion of The Medical City, the prime support facility for the medical needs of delegates and participants to the APEC event in 20l5.”

Ms. Mandocdoc says the CDC will move its best foot forward by showcasing its world-class management practices during the APEC meet. Gen. Banayat has been putting in place foolproof protective measures within and around Clark for the safety and security of the delegates.

Sources from Malacañang indicated that President Aquino was impressed by CDC’s overall performance, especially in attracting investors and in job generation. As a matter of fact, Tugade’s courtesy resignation letter has not been accepted, as with the brilliant twin performer in Chichos Luciano. The flamboyant and dapper CIAC president and CEO is also known as the “father of low cost air travel.”


Several photos showed Board Member Cris Garbo escorting Gov. Pineda in various official functions. Two important events where the declared Mabalacat mayoralty aspirant was seen beaming a smile beside Nanay Baby were the inauguration of a wing in the Mabalacat district hospital and her visit to the expanded Clark airport building. For all intents and purposes Cris has definitely scored a psy-war advantage over Morales in recent weeks.

It appears that BM Garbo was not joking about his next political aspiration, which is to topple City Mayor Boking Morales from the City Hall in Xevera. In fact the BM called me on the phone. I presume he got my number from old police records. He said he does not really need a Party to run under and conceded Boking’s equity of the incumbent rule.
The man from barangay Bical, a native of Tabun, has formidable platform as city mayor. From local funds, he said, he would appropriate P2million each for the city’s 27 barangays. One million pesos will be used for local development while the second million goes to social amelioration.

How this bright idea has escaped Boking the Great is hard to imagine.
Garbo will run without a line-up for financial reasons. If elected he will likely grow his hair back for a new persona. But first he will convene a Council of Elders to come from the academe, religious, business groups, and the women sector. It is a remote possibility that local water district director Diosdado Pangilinan will even be considered for nomination.

His blockbuster plan is to have a Medical Assistance Office where expensive protocols like CT Scan, Pap smear, ultra sound, and complete lab tests will be addressed.

He said the city college’s Dapdap branch was his original idea for which he lobbied the Gov for counterpart funding.

Observers to the battle for Mabalacat, SSP’s Rey Navales foremost, are keeping count of Garbo’s photo ops with the Nanay as well as Boking’s secret visits to the Gov. The man from Bical strongly denied what Nanay Baby supposedly told him in a joke about the city hall. He has a chief suspect in the canard.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 18, 2014.


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