ANGELES CITY. - One day after President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA), this city's local chief executive, Edgardo Pamintuan, communicated his State-of-the-City-Address (SOCA) before a Special Session of the Sangguniang Panglunsod with hundreds of guests representing the different sectors of Angeles City.
Pamintuan, the first mayor outside of Mindanao to openly support and campaign for then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte during last year's national elections, is in his third and last term as Angeles City's LCE.
"The leadership and people of Angeles City cast our lot in an otherwise outsider in national politics; to a mayor in Mindanao, who had unconventional, if controversial, political tack and positioning, and an uncouth mouth. He was against the grain of traditional politics, the politics that we were used to. But his message of change struck very strongly among most of our ordinary people who were fed up of the usual and more-of-the-same fare and faces - should I add, feces - in our politics. Without second thought I supported him. You all know I have, as well, advocated - in fact, fought - for change even before I ventured in politics. My instincts, so far, were right. Our country now is on the verge of change," Pamintuan said at the beginning of his SOCA.
Pamintuan also enumerated several successful projects of his administration including the newly-opened Emergency and Disaster Command Center, a state-of-the-art facility, and the Public Memorial Park, as well as the New Pampang Public Market which will be finished in October.
The 2012 world no. 8 city mayor also noted the growth in the number of business establishments in the city at 12,908 and 1,598 newly-registered local businesses, and stressed that the city government is no longer an IRA-dependent local government unit with Php917million from local sources and Php845 internal revenue allocation.
Pamintuan also pointed-out that, "Our region, our province and our city will be the first beneficiaries of big ticket projects to be rolled out under the program. These include the PhP 211.43-billion Malolos-Clark Railway Project, and the PhP 12.55-billion expansion of the Clark International Airport, as approved by the National Economic Development Authority."
He also enumerated several "big ticket projects" in Angeles City already approved by the Department of Public Works and Highways including the NLEX-SCTEX Connecting Road o Abacan Expressway; the East Circumferential Road; the Furniture Village Bypass Road; the Angeles Livelihood Road at EPZA; Angeles SCTEX Toll Exit Interchange at Margot; the expansion of the Clark-Angeles Perimeter Road; the Upland Watershed Reserve; the expansion of the Manila North Road; Pulung Maragul bridge; widening of the Pulung Cacutud Bridge and Cutud Bridge; the flyover at MacArthur Highway at the corner of Angeles-Magalang Road; the Telebastagan-Friendship Road; the Angeles-Porac-Dinalupihan road; and, the Abacan River project at Hensonville, Malabanias.
Pamintuan's one hour and fifteen minutes SOCA was interrupted by applause more than 30 times, and he concluded by issuing a call in support of federalism as well as against traditional politics and politicians.
"Kaya naman po, suportado natin ang Pederalismo na iminumungkahi ng Pangulong Duterte upang malutas ang batayang kahinaan ng ating sistema sa pulitika, na sa kalakhan ay dominante pa rin ang mga tradisyunal na pulitiko, Utang na loob, mga kaibigan at mga kasama, huwag na. Para sa ating mga kabataan, wala nang atrasan. Ituloy-tuloy na natin ang ating martsa tungo sa kaunlaran!," Pamintuan said.
(AC-CIO with reports from Karen Kate Cayanan, Michelle Basilio, Jiane Carreon)