BCDA to make Capas a ‘Green City’

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Thursday, July 4, 2013


CAPAS, Tarlac -- Enshrouding more than 53 percent of this town’s land area, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has included the municipality of Capas in the design of their Master Plan that is now presently in process, according to re-elected Mayor Antonio “TJ” Rodriguez.

Rodriguez bared this during his inaugural speech at the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected and re-elected municipal officials held at the Multi-Purpose Hall here Monday morning.

TJ said BCDA claims control of the more than 19,900 hectares as a military reservation, where three of their barangays -- Sta. Juliana, Maruglu and Bueno -- were included, while barangays Sta Lucia, Aranguren, Lawy and O’Donnell were partly taken.

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Being included in BCDA’s master plan to make Capas a ‘Green City’ soon, TJ said that this town will become the most beautiful and progressive city in the country with the assurance of preserving the environment.

However, with the forthcoming development, the controversy about the land where some Capasenos built their houses a long time ago is still a big issue. Rodriguez, however, vowed that he is with his constituents’ side in fighting for their rights over the land where their dwellings are constructed.

He revealed that as early as June 2011, he already wrote a letter to President Benigno Aquino III requesting that the 5,000 hectares where his constituents reside inside the BCDA area be delineated, so that it could totally be distributed to the affected families.

He said he would continue to consult with the stakeholders who will be affected by the BCDA’s master plan.

TJ assured Capasenos that with the new set of Sangguniang Bayan members headed by his partymate, Vice Mayor Roseller “Boots” Rodriguez, their vision towards the New Capas or Bayung Capas would be swiftly attained through their full cooperation and coordination with each other.

During the occasion, the good mayor enumerated his accomplishments during his first term, announcing the P65 million increase of budget from P180 million in 2010 to P215 million in 2012.

He said his administration is intending to generate more revenues to finance more projects and programs in health, agriculture, housing, infrastructure, disaster preparedness and other services.

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