(I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU. Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan declares plan to contest the 1st congressional district seat in a meeting with incoming barangay captains of the city. Photo Courtesy of AC-CIO)
ANGELES City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Thursday announced his plans to run for Congress in 2019 to ensure the completion of more than a billion worth of projects for the city that he was able to get approvals for from the national government.
“I will not leave you,” declared Pamintuan during a meeting with newly-elected barangay officials.
He said he will seek higher national position as congressman, or even a senator, in the 2019 elections.
The projects worth some ₱1.5 billion include:
• ₱236-M NLEX-SCTEx Connecting Road (Abacan Expressway) in support to the furniture, IT-BPO, hotels, garments and textile industries of Angeles City;
• ₱66-M widening of the Philippine Export Zone Road and construction of road connecting Angeles-Magalang Road to East Circumferential Road;
• ₱103-M improvement of Zeppelin Street and Clark Perimeter Road;
• ₱212-M construction of Angeles City Toll Exit connecting NLEX and SCTEX;
• ₱67.9-M improvement and construction of road connecting Wext Circumferential Road to East Mega Dike; and
• ₱644-M construction of East Circumferential Road connecting MacArthur Highway to Angeles Magalang Road. He also announced projects that are in the pipeline, including:
• a sports complex;
• acquisition of heavy equipment for the city engineering office;
• 33 dumptrucks;
• vehicles for the city government and the Philippine National Police;
• Construction of 2-storey steel parking building; and
• installation of 1,000 units of Led streetlights. He vowed to see through the completion of these projects, and work for better representation of the city in Congress in the face of the expected onslaught of development centered on the Clark Freeport Zone and the Clark International Airport.
“I will not leave Angeles City until these projects are completed,” he said.
“All roads lead to Clark and its environs insofar as development is concerned,” Pamintuan said, stressing on the need for progressive and forward-looking local leadership.
He urged the local officials to “think big and out of the box” in order to face and benefit from the expected development.
During the meeting, Clark International Airport Corporation President Alexander Cauguiran lauded the decision of Pamintuan to continue serving the Angelenos, stressing on the need for a forward-looking leadership to manage the expected social costs of development.
“While Angeles City shall definitely benefit from the development of Clark, there will be pressure on social services such as housing, education and health that should be addressed as early as now,” Cauguiran said.
Pamintuan is serving his last term as mayor. His best option is to run as congressman in the first district of Pampanga, although he said he is being urged by the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) to run as senator.
He is the incumbent national president of the LCP and chairman of the Regional Development Council for Central Luzon.
If he runs for congressman, Pamintuan may lock horns with incumbent Representative Carmelo “Jon-Jon” Lazatin Jr., son of his longtime political nemesis, former Congressman Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin, now barangay chairman of Balibago, Angeles City.