Pamintuan’s chief of staff, Alexander Cauguiran, has embarked on an effort in turning the old Philippine National Railway tracks crossing the city into beautiful parks.
Starting at Plaza Angel in front of the unobstructed view of the Holy Rosary Parish Church, Pamintuan said Laoag City and even Manila are now bent on ridding their areas of unsightly “spaghetti wires” after noting the city’s beatification efforts.
In Barangay Pulungbulu, Pamintuan led the media into a newly-developed park in what was once a neglected railway tracks.
Called “Friends of Ed,” the Pulungbulu park is now used for gatherings of up to 150 persons for special occasions or simply to meet and greet people.
Tony Torres, who helped established the park, said the use of the park is free and open to everybody.
Next in the itinerary is the Barangay Sto. Cristo park which was decorated with recycled materials from plastic water bottles, straws and even compact discs.
Sto. Cristo Barangay Captain Lourdes Manansala said the opposite side of the train tracks will also be developed into a jogging path to allow her constituents a place to exercise.
Next stop was train tracks in Barangay Malabanias, commonly known as check point, where members of the Islamic community are located selling their wares. Maka Santos, city entertainment officer, said the area will be developed “for the benefit of our Muslim brothers.”
Sitio Saudi in Barangay Malabanias was also showcased before the last stop at the old PNR station in the heart of the city.
Worthy to note was the well-lighted park now has basketball courts, volley ball courts and a playground for children.
The sides on the other side of the tracks were planted with green vegetables. To cap the night, a sumptuous dinner of the famous Kapampangan dish “sisig” was served at the nearby Aling Lucing’s which is frequented by celebrities and even world renowned food connoisseur Anthony Bourdain from the popular show “No Reservations” aired on the CNN network.
Joining the tour were broadcast and print journalists from various local media outlets as well as the mayor’s wife, Mrs. Herminia Pamintuan and traffic czar Dan “Al Pacino” Concepcion.