Tarzan’s priority: Approval of Mabalacat cityhood bill

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    ANGELES CITY – First District Rep. Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin has prioritized the approval of his congressional bill seeking to turn nearby Mabalacat town into a component city.

    In a statement, Lazatin recently filed an urgent motion for the approval of House Bill 2509 pending before the plenary of the House of Representatives.

    “It will take some more time before the bill is approved. But we expect Mabalacat to be a city within our term of office,” said Lazatin.

    The two- term solon disclosed that the Department of Finance (DoF) last February submitted a report to Congress “vital to the approval of the bill.” He was referring to the DoF memorandum stating that Mabalacat had generated at least P100 million from local taxes per year for two consecutive years.

    Mayor Edgardo “Ed” Pamintuan of this city earlier expressed opposition to the 16 Local Government Units (LGUs) in the country seeking to become a city.

    Pamintuan, in a recent roundtable discussion with reporters, said “I am not against the cityhood of Mabalacat because it had met the requirements set by law.”

    The first-term mayor said the town led by Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales had “undoubtedly achieved the requirements on population and local tax generated.” He added that “we are against those towns with doubtful documents.”

    Morales, for his part, said “it’s a welcome development for the people as the mayor had not opposed the cityhood bill.”

    “Lazatin as a long-time public servant knows what is best for Mabalacat,” he said.

    Morales added that once his town becomes a city, the delivery of basic social services will improve more.

    In the house bill’s explanatory note, it said “the former sleepy town had experienced rapid economic growth, “business flourished and social activities took place twenty four hours a day.”

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