Angeles asks Mabalacat for support on proposal

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Friday, April 4, 2014


MABALACAT CITY --- The Angeles City Council are asking for the support of their counterparts in this city on the creation of a lone district, which affect the chartered city and nearby Magalang town.

Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, together with Councilor Danica Lacson, on Thursday attended the session of this city’s council and aired their intention.

Cabigting said that Councilor Maricel Morales, three weeks ago, proposed a resolution calling for the creation of the lone district of Angeles City.

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According to Cabigting, Morales’ resolution is addressed to the Congress.

After the resolution was approved, Cabigting said they immediately presented it to Congressman Joseller “Yeng” Guiao, who showed openness to the idea.

In 2004, there were move to create Angeles City as a separate district but it did not materialize because of overwhelming opposition from the people, Cabigting said.

She disclosed that during that time, there was a question on other requirements particularly on the city’s population. “So there was great opposition from both Mabalacat, Magalang and Angeles City.”

The city has a population of 300,000 and the requirement for the creation of a lone district is only 250,000, it was learned.

Cabigting said “today is a different situation” considering that Mabalacat had been converted into a component city and Magalang is now a progressive municipality.

She said the three areas have distinct and special concerns and that Angeles City needs to have a separate district. “Iba po yung concerns ng Angeles at iba po yung nagiging concerns ng Mabalacat at Magalang.”

“Hindi naman po hinihiwalay ang Mabalacat at Magalang. Ito po ay pagbubukod lamang ng sa ganoon po ay we will not share the funding [na makukuha nila] from the national government kung sakali man maibalik ang PDAF,” Cabigting added.

She also cited the attention that the congressman or representative may provide to the two areas.

“Natutuwa po tayo na si congressman (Guiao) is really doing his best pero it will be quite difficult for him as years would go by kasi po ang Mabalacat and Magalang alam naman natin ay lumalaki na rin.”

The vice mayor asked the Mabalacat councilors, headed by Vice Mayor Christian Halili, to support and endorse Morales’ resolution.

She revealed that the city government of Angeles City already asked the opinion of its constituents and barangay leaders expressed no objection to the move.

“They agree that it’s high time to have our loan district,” Cabigting said.

Despite this, Cabigting said there is a need to underscore the relationship of the three areas even if Angeles City is created as a lone district.

“Kailangan tamu pung pasikanan ing kekatamung linkages and kailangan pu ma-retain ing kekatamung relationship,” she added.

Guiao meanwhile advised the Angeles City officials to get similar endorsement from the Pampanga Provincial Board.

Cabigting said Guiao committed to file a corresponding bill when Congress resumes on May 5.

Halili lauded the initiative saying they would like to see a separate congressman for Mabalacat and Magalang.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 05, 2014.

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