Porac—The Municipal Government of Porac presented a resolution to the family of the late Mayor Ezequiel “Quiel” Gamboa honoring his contribution to the town in his long years in public service.
The resolution was presented to the Gamboa family by Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz and Vice-Mayor Dexter David along with municipal officials some 40 days after the former mayor was formally laid to rest last January 10.
Gamboa served 27 years in public service. He served for 18 years as vice-mayor from 1980 to 1998 and nine years as mayor from 1998 to 2007.
Gamboa was born to parents Eugenia Ocampo Amio of Barangay Diladila in Santa Rita town and Manuel Gamboa of Barangay Pulung Santol in Porac.
Both parents of Gamboa came from landed families who owned considerable homesteads in the two towns. The late mayor finished a degree in dentistry and was among the pioneer practitioners in the town where he operated a clinic. Early in his career he married Linda de Ausen, eldest sister to the late Board Member Edna de Ausen-David. The late Edna de Ausen-David was wife to the late Mayor Roy David.
The Gamboas and Davids would later share common political paths that would diverge and intertwine. Gamboa started his political career as vice-mayor to the former Mayor Ceferino “Nonong” Lumanlan in the turbulent Martial Law years. He would later join his sister-in-law’s husband, David, as vice-mayor in 1980.
Gamboa served as vice-mayor for three terms under David. It was during this time that the concept for the Porac Manpower Training Center was conceived.
It was in 1988 when the Porac Manpower Training Center was established under the leadership of Gamboa who was then a vice-mayor of this town, together with former mayor David. Since then, the facility has offered short courses in machine sewing, auto-mechanic courses, and electronic repair short courses, among others. It was only after David’s three terms that Gamboa was able to take the mayoralty of the town.
Gamboa served as mayor from 1998 to 2007. During this time he led the town’s further recovery from the devastation of lahar from the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruptions under the slogan “Porac Moving Up.”
It was also during this time that the fledgling Porac Water District began operations. Gamboa helped steer the direction of the water district even offering to pay the salaries of the employees during its early years of operations.
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on January 14, 2018.
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