Un­prece­dented growth un­der EdPam

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

The Tigti­gan, Ter­akan Keng Dalan (TTKD) held last week was a record breaker. It filled that stretch of MacArthur High­way in the Bal­ibago area with peo­ple. It is al­ways like that. The or­ga­niz­ers earned more than seven mil­lion pe­sos on gate re­ceipts and in­comes from spon­sors. Many came maybe be­cause they wanted to hear the singing of EdPam and his ren­di­tion of Sweet Six­teen, his na­tional an­them. ‘Pet­malu, Indi­mat’. The 25th year and count­ing can be at­trib­uted to the vi­sion and part­ner­ship of An­ge­les City Mayor Ed Pam­intuan and his erst­while chief of staff now Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion Pres­i­dent Alex Cau­gi­ran

Ev­ery An­ge­les res­i­dent should give a grade-A to Mayor Pam­intuan for his ef­fort to make re­ally the city a live­able place to live in. I sin­cerely be­lieve he wants to leave a legacy when he leaves of­fice and be­queath such to his fam­ily par­tic­u­larly to his sons. An­ge­les city is re­ally one of fastest grow­ing cities in the coun­try to­day. But it can achieve more as we con­tinue rais­ing a higher bar. I am used to pre­sen­ta­tion of what a place should be­come when I was a mem­ber of the board of the Fort Boni­fa­cio De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion. I had the priv­i­lege to par­tic­i­pate in the dis­cus­sions with the likes of Tony Aquino, pres­i­dent of Ayala Land Inc and his suc­ces­sor Bobby Dy. Seated in a room with them and joined by Fer­nando Zo­bel, Butch Cam­pos, Ar­nel Casanova, Nar­ciso Abaya, Rene Va­len­cia and others is a to­tal ed­u­ca­tion for me on how to build a live­able place.

In a way, Mayor Ed Pam­intuan has the brag­ging rights when­ever he claims in his pub­lic speeches that un­der his watch the city achieved a re­mark­able growth in terms of num­ber of busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments which lo­cated in the city and the in­creased in the ex­pen­di­ture bud­get to P1.5 bil­lion this year. But much is still de­sired be­cause the city has to cope with the in­creas­ing growth of nearby Clark Freeport, more so now Clark De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Pres­i­dent Noel Manankil, a home­grown An­ge­leno has his roll sleeves and is now in full throt­tle.

BTW. I sup­pose with a com­mand cen­ter at the city hall in place and mon­i­tor on a 24 ba­sis move­ments in all An­ge­les City roads, it is sug­gested that aside from the prin­ci­pal and se­condary roads, back streets should also be in­stalled CCTV mon­i­tors. And pub­lic build­ings schools, li­braries and ex­ten­sion of­fices should be wired with free in­ter­net con­nec­tions.

Tw eet s: +Didy­ouknowthatAn­ge­lesCity has more restau­rants com­pared to any other cities in the coun­try. Take your pick. Korean, Chi­nese, Viet­namese, Ca­jun, Mex­i­can, Ja­panese, Filipino and other fu­sion.

+ There was a time sou­venir shops dot­ted the Friend­ship High­way in An­ge­les City. When the Amer­i­can GIs left, the Kore­ans took over. Visit the area dur­ing night time and you sud­denly feel you were trans­ported in the down­town Gang­nam sec­tion of Seoul.

+ Food parks sprouted in many busi­ness dis­tricts in the City of San Fer­nando and An­ge­les City. They are giv­ing Jolibee , Mac­don­alds and other food chain com­pe­ti­tion.

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