EdPam to Singapore U

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Sunday, March 23, 2014


ANGELENOS will briefly miss their high-performing city mayor from March 30 to April 2 when City Mayor Pamintuan represents Central Luzon to the Asia Development conference in Singapore.

The twice-declared winner in the "World's Top Mayors" quest will also be a resource person on the core issues of the regional dialogue wherein only 40 mayors of South East Asia are the select participants.

Pamintuan's hands-on experience in the aftermath of the Pinatubo eruption' as new city mayor who organized a volunteer anti-disaster brigade will serve him well when he talks on disaster management on urban cities.

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"The speedy transformation of a widely ravaged community from gloom, destruction, and economic disruption to a city of hope, resilient recovery, and progress is a high mark in Pamintuan's political career," said his brilliant strategist and chief of staff, Alex Cauguiran.

When he speaks before the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy, University of Singapore, the mayor will present Angeles City’s module on how to keep up with global standards for local governance. The Singapore conference also focuses on connectivity, cybersecurity, SMEs, safety, health and education.

Pamintuan’s aggressive and effective initiatives in developing and expanding the buildings and improving medical services of the city hospital and his unprecedented establishment of the City College of Angeles to serve the greater mass of indigent families will be of interest to the forum.

The mayor is setting the stage where his city will attain and get wide recognition as an adherent and performer in world-standard local governance. Anticipating the influx of increased migrants, the coming of new investors and their business establishments, with the city as a mecca of higher education and tourist destination, the mayor began to overhaul traffic management.

As a first measure, funeral processions on foot with mourners trekking to the cemetery from the vigil parlour or residence are now been banned. "The walking mourners who usually appropriate half of the road in the lengthy walking ritual to the burial place are the cause of public consternation and vexation to motorists," outstanding city councilor Amos Rivera told a media meeting.

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Pampanga Board Member Michael Tapang hailed the visible success of PNP regional director Raul Petrasanta’s campaign against the dreaded bike-riding criminal tandems.

Tapang who is president of Pampanga’s Councilors League reported the citizenry’s widespread appreciation and encouragement to the police general’s “No Mercy” drive on the riding-in-tandem crime teams.

Reports to Tapang from his membership quoted village officials who praised Gen. Petrasanta and the Pampanga police for drastically reducing RIT depredations especially at night time.

The series of apprehensions of and successful encounters by the police with riding in tandem groups are the building blocks to the growing legacy of the general, the businessman said. “Even Gov. Pineda is elated by the positive and inspiring results of the energized campaign of Gen. Petrasanta against street crimes in the province,” the Porac official stressed.

Tapang also cited Angeles City’s police chief Eden Ugale for his consistent and fearless efforts to apprehend criminal night riders in the entertainment city, also a centre of education and tourism.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 24, 2014.

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