ANGELES CITY (Updated) — Incumbent Angeles City Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” G. Lazatin, Jr. on October 1, 2021 has filed his Certificate of Candidacy to run for a second term.
Joining him during his filing is his brother, re-electionist Pampanga First District Representative Carmelo “Jon” B. Lazatin II.
Lazatin filed his COC at the Commission on Elections Angeles together with his running mate, incumbent City Vice Mayor Ma. Vicenta “Vicky” Vega-Cabigting.
The congressman, meanwhile, also filed his COC for re-election at the provincial Comelec in the City of San Fernando.
Also joining Lazatin and Cabigting in the filing of COCs was the entire slate of councilor-aspirants running under Lazatin’s banner – incumbent City Councilors Joan Cyrstal “JC” Aguas, Marino “Niknok” Bañola, Joseph Alfie Bonifacio, Raco Del Rosario, Danilo “Dan” Lacson, Jesus “Jay” Sangil, and Atty. Arvin “Pogs” Suller; as well as new hopefuls Rodelio Mamac Jr., Aaron Pineda, and Christopher Joseph “CJ” Ponce.
Lazatin and his team are running under the KAMBILAN party of Pampanga Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda and the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP). Lazatin is the President of the Angeles City Chapters of both parties.
If re-elected, Lazatin said that the cornerstone for his second term in his office shall be economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with Health and Social Welfare, and Sustainability.
“A lot of businesses have suffered as a consequence of the pandemic, which is why our focus now should be on how to help these businesses get back on their feet,” said Lazatin.
For his second term, Lazatin plans to conduct a review of the Angeles City Investment Code to adapt to the changes brought about by the pandemic.
“The so-called ‘New Normal’ has brought about many changes to the way we do business and the City Government’s policies should be able to reflect that,” explained Lazatin, “Government policies should be progressive and adaptive to change.”
Lazatin aims to further encourage local industry through strengthening the Angeleño First “Gawang Angeleño” Campaign and expanding the reach of the One-Town, One-Product (OTOP) Program. Both programs were first initiated by the Lazatin administration during the pandemic in order to help ailing businesses in the city.
In addition, Lazatin plans to provide more opportunities for alternative livelihood for Angeleños, especially those who have been displaced from their jobs due to the pandemic. This includes free-range chicken raising, crab farms, and hydroponics.
To help ease the process of doing business in Angeles City amid the constraints and safety concerns in the pandemic, the City Government will also continue its efforts to modernize the Business Application Process, starting with the implementation of the Online Payment for Business Permit Application.
Lazatin will also initiate the P200 million worth rehabilitation of the Pampang Public Market, including the construction of a steel parking.
Lazatin also addressed baseless rumors about the alleged privatization of the Pampang Public Market.
“Ang Pampang Market ang sentro at puso ng ating komunidad. Kaya lalo po nating aayusin at pagagandahin ang ating pamilihan,” said Lazatin, “Wala pong katotohanan ang mga tsismis na ikinakalat ng ilang mga taong hindi pabor sa ating administrasyon na gagawin daw nating pribado ang Pampang Public Market. Fake news po yan.”
In his second term, Lazatin will continue to put a primacy on health and social welfare programs with the construction of the P20 million Kanlungan ng Kabataan, a home for street children where they will be cared for, educated, and reintegrated into society.
Lazatin will also push for the modernization of the City’s 28 sub health centers and six Rural Health Units (RHUs), converting them into 24-hour birthing stations. Dental health clinics in the RHUs shall also be modernized to promote the oral health care of all Angeleños.
Plans for the conversion of the Rural Health Unit 6 in Barangay Pulung Cacutud as Level 1 Hospital is also underway. Lazatin also aims to establish another Level 1 Hospital in Barangay Margot.
Lastly, Lazatin shall ensure sustainability amid development through the massive reforestation of the Angeles City Watershed, which shall secure a water source for future generations of Angeleños.
Lazatin revealed his platform of government and running slate during the Team Lazatin press conference at Best Western Hotel on October 1, 2021. All attendees during the press conference underwent antigen testing via Quest Diagnostics prior to entering the venue. ###
Both brothers and the entire Team Lazatin slate received the support of Gov. Dennis “Delta” Pineda.
Also present during the event is Irish C. Calaguas, Mayor Lazatin’s long-time Chief Adviser and Tactician.