An­gara en­dorses Nepo, vows to al­lo­cate funds for city col­lege

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

AN­GE­LES CITY – En­dors­ing may­oralty can­di­date Vice Mayor Bryan Ne­po­mu­ceno, lead­ing re­elec­tion­ist Sen­a­tor Sonny An­gara on Mon­day vowed to al­lo­cate funds for the im­prove­ment and op­er­a­tion of the City Col­lege of An­ge­les (CCA).

An­ge­les City may­oralty can­di­date Bryan Matthew C. Ne­po­mu­ceno (Par­tido Abe Ka­pam­pan­gan) leads some 3,000 sup­port­ers in a pledge of sup­port. With him are in­cum­bent An­ge­les Mayor Edgardo Pam­intuan, first nom­i­nee of the partylist Abe Ka­pam­pan­gan, and his son and vice-mayor as­pi­rant City Coun­cilor Edu Pam­intuan, con­gres­sional can­di­date Joseller ‘Yeng ‘ Guiao and other re­elec­tion­ists and as­pir­ing coun­cilors dur­ing last Mon­day’s rally at the Peo­ple’s Gym in Barangay CutCut, An­ge­les City.— Chris Navarro

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the City Col­lege of An­ge­les and to your fu­ture mayor, Mayor Bryan Ne­po­mu­ceno,” An­gara said in a video mes­sage he sent dur­ing an af­ter­noon po­lit­i­cal rally in the city at­tended by some 3,000 sup­port­ers of Ne­po­mu­ceno.

The sen­a­tor lauded Ne­po­mu­ceno for his de­sire to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to his con­stituents.

“Alam ko na unang-unang sa kaniyang plat­a­porma ang qual­ity at saka ac­ces­si­ble ed­u­ca­tion, at mag­tu­tu­lun­gan kami ni Mayor Bryan na mapon­do­han ang la­hat ng pan­gan­gailan­gan ng City Col­lege of An­ge­les (I know that his first pri­or­ity in his plat­form is ac­ces­si­ble ed­u­ca­tion so we will work to­gether to fund the needs of the City Col­lege of An­ge­les),” An­gara said.

At the same rally, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of for­mer spe­cial pres­i­den­tial as­sis­tant Bong Go said that, if elected sen­a­tor in the com­ing May mid-term elec­tions, Pres­i­dent Duterte’s clos­est top aide will help make funds avail­able for the fur­ther up­grade of the Ospi­tal Ning An­ge­les (ONA).

For his part, Ne­po­mu­ceno ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the sup­port of na­tional lead­ers to his pri­or­ity pro­grams on free col­lege ed­u­ca­tion and qual­ity health ser­vices for the poor res­i­dents of An­ge­les City.

“With the sup­port of Sen­a­tor An­gara and soon-to-be Sen­a­tor Bong Go and the sup­port all An­geleños, we will be able to de­liver on our prom­ises in the next three years of our ad­min­is­tra­tion,” said Ne­po­mu­ceno.

An­gara has con­sis­tently placed in the top six win­ning can­di­dates in the sen­a­to­rial race based on na­tional sur­veys of both So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS) and Pulse Asia. Go, on the other hand, ranked num­ber six to num­ber 12 in the lat­est Pulse Asia sur­vey con­ducted from Jan­uary 26 to 31 this year.

Ne­po­mu­ceno ear­lier vowed to spend P1-bil­lion for the CCA and an­other P1- bil­lion for ONA.

“We will build new class­rooms, of­fer more col­lege cour­ses, get more pro­fes­sors and ed­u­ca­tional equip­ment so that we can in­crease the num­ber of stu­dents at the city col­lege from 2,000 to 4,000 stu­dents,” Ne­po­mu­ceno said.

“For ONA, we will ex­pand it to have more hos­pi­tal beds and doc­tors, launch a res­i­dency pro­gram, buy more medicines and sup­plies, am­bu­lances and med­i­cal equip­ment and fa­cil­i­ties so that we can im­prove ONA from be­ing a Level 2 to a Level 3 pub­lic hos­pi­tal,” Ne­po­mu­ceno re­vealed.

Ne­po­mu­ceno’s run­ning­mate for vice-mayor, in­cum­bent city coun­cilor Edu Pam­intuan, said that “it is not only that some 1,128 poor stu­dents have al­ready grad­u­ated from the CCA, most of them have im­me­di­ately found good pay­ing jobs be­cause CCA grad­u­ates have a high em­ploy­a­bil­ity rate of 70 to 90 per­cent.”

Pam­intuan said that from 2011 to 2018 the city govern­ment spent some P632-mil­lion for the city col­lege in­clud­ing con­struc­tion of its first multi-level school build­ing worth Php320 mil­lion.

For the ONA, Ne­po­mu­ceno said that from 2010 to 2018, the city govern­ment spent some Php1.215 bil­lion for the pub­lic hos­pi­tal where 95,421 pa­tients were ad­mit­ted for treat­ment, an ad­di­tional 73,675 peo­ple treated in its Out-Pa­tient Depart­ment, and an­other 59,678 dial­y­sis pa­tients at its Re­nal Care Unit— a legacy project of in­cum­bent Mayor Edgardo Pam­intuan.

“It is im­por­tant that ONA be up­graded as a Level 3 pub­lic hos­pi­tal so that we are al­lowed to ad­mit and treat pa­tients need­ing spe­cial­ized treat­ment so we won’t have to trans­fer them to the JBL re­gional hos­pi­tal in San Fer­nando,” Ne­po­mu­ceno said.

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