Team I Love San Fer­nando’s open­ing salvo draws ‘all-out’ sup­port

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO - It was a sea of blue and white at the Bren Z. Guiao Con­ven­tion Cen­ter here on Fri­day even­ing as thou­sands of Fer­nandi­nos gath­ered to de­clare their all-out sup­port to the Team I Love San Fer­nando’s open­ing salvo.

Team I Love San Fer­nando is headed by re-elec­tion­ists Mayor Ed­win Santiago, Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin,

coun­cilors BJ Lag­man, Re­den Halili, Rup­ing Dum­lao, Nelson Lin­gat, Har­vey Quiwa, Tino Di­zon, Ato Agustin, come­back­ing coun­cilor lawyer Raul Ma­calino, and coun­cilorables in­cum­bent vil­lage chiefs Ariel “Buboy” Carreon of San Felipe and Tina Lag­man of Saguin.

The team was wel­comed by their sup­port­ers from the 35 vil­lages here, all wear­ing blue and white shirts, as the can­di­dates of­fi­cially start their cru­sade dubbed “#La­banNingBalen” or “fight of the city.”

The Kam­bi­lan Party led by gu­ber­na­to­rial bet ViceGover­nor Den­nis “Delta” Pineda and un­op­posed Third Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Aure­lio “Dong” Gon­za­les, Jr. also graced the group’s cam­paign kick­off as a show of sup­port and unity.

Pineda, who was also ac­com­pa­nied by board mem­bers Rosve Hen­son and Ani­anas Can­las, Jr. said that the party’s at­ten­dance aims to show the unity and the trust of Pam­panga lead­ers to the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Santiago.

“We were here dur­ing their fil­ing of cer­tifi­cates of can­di­da­cies and we are here again in their open­ing salvo be­cause we are par­ty­mates and we share the com­mon goal of pro­vid­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment to San Fer­nando and Pam­panga,” Pineda sai d.

Santiago, for his part, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the Fer­nandi­nos who ex­pressed their sup­port and joined them dur­ing their pa­rade and in the cam­paign kick­off ac­tiv­ity.

“It is over­whelm­ing and we are more mo­ti­vated be­cause we know that Fer­nandi­nos are with us in our cru­sade to make San Fer­nando a smart, green and live­able and sus­tain­able city that will be the cen­ter of the Pam­panga mega­lopo­lis,” he said.

For the 42 days, Santiago said the group will be con­duct­ing a multi-sec­toral meet­ing among Fer­nandi­nos to further dis­cuss their con­cerns and gather sug­ges­tions for the city’s de­vel­op­ment.

“Aside from barangays, San Fer­nando is sec­toral and we wanted to hear the con­cerns of all Fer­nandi­nos for us to be able to de­liver our goal of in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment for the city,” he said.

Lazatin also noted that the unity shown by in­cum­bent Pam­panga and San Fer­nando lead­ers is a pos­i­tive sign that the ad­min­is­tra­tion is on the right track in pro­vid­ing a holis­tic de­vel­op­ment for the city.

“We must have a holis­tic ap­proach for de­vel­op­ment— — one that would ben­e­fit the prov­ince, the city down to the grass­roots, and never for anybody’s per­sonal gain alone,” Lazatin said.

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