CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Pampanga – Inclusive and diverse is what mayoralty frontrunner Jimmy Lazatin had in mind in putting together his Team Lugud Fernandino [in literal English: Team (for the) Love of Fernandinos].
Lazatin said, “my goal is no one, no sector gets left behind. We need new blood in our city council – to revisit and update laws to keep up with changes and developments in our city. Team Lugud Fernandino is my answer to this need”.
The team’s vice mayoral candidate, former councilor Noel Tulabut said his focus is on “investing in our children by investing in education”.
Team Lugud Fernandino supports seven candidates for city councilors. The city of San Fernando votes for a total of 10 councilors. The city has about approximately 190 plus thousand registered voters.
Advocates on Lazatin’s Team
Lazatin believes Alice Dumlao, a proud LGBTQ, can help address other needs of our LGBTQ community. Dumlao is also an advocate for a healthier CSFP.
“Hindi na simpleng tatay, nanay at anak. May single parent, solo parent gaya ng lolo o lola at apo, LGBTQ at anak, pare-pareho silang pamilya,” Lazatin said.
Second term Councilor Tina Lagman seeks to answer the needs of families. “Sisikapin kong mas tugunan pa ang needs ng iba’t ibang pamilyang Fernandino, lalo na’t galing tayo sa pandemya. PWD, Kababaihan, ang mga Seniors natin kailangan mas ayusin ang serbisyo at ayuda.”
Other councilors included in the Team Tune Lugud slate are Reggie “G4” David, Businessman Engr Ray Pekson, Business owner Perico Quiwa, Broadcaster John Susi and incumbent Bgy Capt Angel “Puti” Wijanco.
Professionals, entrepreneurs of Team Lugud Fernandino
Convincing private professionals and successful businessmen to join Team Lugud Fernandino was a challenge at first for Mayoral front runner Jimmy Lazatin who chose his councilors based on their love to help and capacity to give good public service.
“Who wants to enter politics if one is already successful in his own right? But the love for our city and a heart for public service, this is the game changer,” Lazatin said.
Reggie “G4” David believes support should be given to businesses and micro entrepreneurs especially after a crippling pandemic. “kailangan ng local na pamahalaan na tulungan ang mga negosyo, maliit man o malaki, ito ang bubuhay sa ekonomiya natin.”
Businessman and Engr Ray Pekson is focused on creating jobs and business opportunities for Fernandinos.
Engr Pekson said the Lazatin team “wants Fernandinos to join the continuing development of our city. Kasali ang lahat. An employed Fernandino is a productive Fernandino. I also want transparency and accountability when elected to office.”
As a councilor, business owner Perico Quiwa, believes being “open minded and listening to people” helps in his job in the City council “we need to revisit laws to make it more relevant and in tune with the needs of PWD, the youth, businesses etc…”
Broadcaster and Public Servant and Councilor John Susi earned the trust and confidence of his followers in his 30 year stint not only as councilor but as media person. His ability to connect with the public keeps him in tune with the needs of the people. He champion’s our city’s tourism, showing off the city’s beautiful and colorful history.
Adding his political experience in the grassroots level in the City Council, incumbent Bgy Capt Angel “Puti” Wijanco believes his track record and his advocacy for good governance speaks for itself.
Lazatin eyes a landslide win for his team, despite hindrances and up hill battles with fake news and paid trolls.
“Unfortunately, that is part of campaigning now … but we are not worried, “Fernandinos know. And our track record speak for itself,” he said.
Team Lugud Fernandino kicked off with a festive and happy crowd esptimated at 2,000. Big by local standards. Considering it was exclusively for Team Lugud Fernandino led by mayoral front runner Jimmy T Lazatin.
On the sprawling Lazatin-owned property, Orchard Community Place, Lazatin showed his drawing power as supporters gathered together in an unannounced sortie.
Lazatin said, “we didn’t want to disrupt traffic. I want the team to go directly to the people for them to experience the extent of work that still needs to be done when we take over the leadership of the city in July 2022”.
Composed of a diverse and inclusive set of new public servants, Lazatin’s team already helps Fernandinos in their private capacity and vows to do more once elected into office. Daily walkabout visits to 35 barangays of the City of San Fernando are done throughout the official campaign period.