Give credit where credit is due

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By Max Sangil

For the Record

Sunday, December 8, 2013

SOME years ago, I wrote my pieces coming out of this paper with the above title: FOR THE RECORD. I was a member of the Angeles City Council then. That was 1995 till 1998. Time flew so swiftly. I was out of politics after my defeat in a mayoralty race that was won by former mayor and Congressman Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin.

I went back to public service when I got appointed director of Clark Development Corporation and Clark International Corporation by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in January 2001. And all these years, I never ceased to be part of mainstream media. I kept writing and co-hosting public service programs on radio and television.

Now, happy to be back again in the op-ed page of this paper!


Mark the calendar. December 8 this year, Angeles City which was founded in 1829 will celebrate its 184th Foundation Day. From a small clearing and originally known as Culiat, it became an independent town through the efforts of its founder Angel Pantaleon De Miranda and wife Rosalia De Jesus.


There is a need to rename streets in Angeles City. I am drafting a resolution that I intend to file in the city council to rename some streets like Sto. Entierro to Pantaleon De Miranda and Sto. Rosario to Rosalia De Jesus.

I will propose that Rizal Extension Street which starts from boundary of Barangay San Nicolas going to Barangay Sto. Rosario and leads up to the boundaries of Angeles City and Porac be renamed Juanita L. Nepomuceno street. This is to honor Mrs. Nepomuceno, the principal sponsor in the passage of Republic Act 3700, or the "Charter of the City of Angeles."


There will be researches that will be made before the passage of my sponsored resolution. I intend to invite historians, academicians and whoever is interested in this issue of renaming the Angeles streets. As part of the resolution, we will task every barangay and private subdivision for the upkeep of the street signs. By the way, there are several streets in the city, and in many subdivisions, without any streets signs. And no wonder you have to ask a trike driver in the neighborhood if you are looking for someone.


Give credit where credit is due. The city should have long time honored Juanita L. Nepomuceno by way of naming a major road or a public building in her name. Nepomuceno was a bar topnotcher. She was an outstanding member of the House of Representatives in the early '60s. She also served as assemblywoman and governor of Pampanga. She was called the "mother" of agrarian reform, because she principally authored the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Act.


Another figure deserving honor is the late Mayor Rafael Del Rosario. He was the last town mayor and the first Angeles City mayor. He can be credited to the many reforms he instituted in local governance during his time. It was under his watch when the first comprehensive land use plan for the city was implemented. And this was through the help of the late Emmanuel "Manoling" Yap, an economist and head of the Congressional Planning Office of the House of Reprsentatives during the the time of Speaker Jose B. Laurel Jr.


There are more Angeleños who deserve to be remembered. The fingers and toes are not enough to count those who should be honored. An effort should be made. And now, and not tomorrow.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 09, 2013.


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