ANGELES CITY -- The City Council here commended Congressman Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin, who was recently awarded as one of the Most Outstanding Congressmen of the Philippines for two consecutive years.

The award was given by the Congress Magazine and Global Television News Network (GNN).

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A resolution by Councilors Maricel Morales and Jesus “Jay” Sangil stated that the City Council commended Lazatin for earning the award.

“Unparalleled experience and accomplishment in the field of public service as Pampanga First District Representative and Angeles City Mayor both for three consecutive terms, the return of Congressman Carmelo F. Lazatin in the House of Representatives marks another term of tried and tested quality programs and hardcore legislative works that are geared towards the realization of development programs that are socially sensitive as evidenced by the trust and confidence of his constituents,” the resolution cited.

Morales said Lazatin is a hardworking public official and he always see to it that his constituents’ welfare are given outmost priority, especially those that belong to the indigent sector.

Lazatin was chosen as one of the outstanding congressmen of the Philippines mainly because of his pro-poor programs that are centered on education, health, employment, and social services and the number of pro-poor house bills he had authored and passed.

He was also selected based on the infrastructure projects he had implemented in the first district of Pampanga that uplifted the lives of his constituents, especially the indigents and those in the rural areas.

Serving his first term in Congress, Lazatin implemented P727 million worth of infrastructure projects from July 2007 to present.

Included in these projects are construction of farm-to-market roads, construction/ renovation of school buildings, rehabilitation of main roads and multi-purpose halls in barangays.

He has also allotted P15 million for education and at least P13 million for medical assistance. He has filed a total of 187 house bills.

Out of the 187 house bills he authored and co-authored, seven were recently enacted into law, including Republic Act (RA) 9513 or the Renewable Energy Act; RA 9502 or the Cheaper Medicine Act and RA 9497 or an Act Creating the Civil aviation authority of the Philippines, RA 9645 or the Commemoration of the Founding Anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo Act; RA 9779 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009; RA 9729 or the Climate Change Act of 2009; and RA 9710 or the Magna Carta for Women.

Most Outstanding Congressmen award has been given to deserving congressmen since 1992.

The members of the screening committee are House Deputy Speaker Alfredo Amor Abueg Jr., now a Malacañang presidential assistant; economist, nationalist and political and economic commentator Doctor Larry Henares of UNTV-37; author, professor and historian Doctor Frank Grego, editor of Congress Magazine, vice chairman; Harry Tambuatco, television talk show host and commentator of GNN Destiny Cable Channel 3; and Lyceum of the Philippines University Prof. Gil Santos, former twice president of the Manila Overseas Press Club, editor-in-chief of the Journal Group; and now commentator and talk show host of GNN Channel 3 Destiny cable TV. (RGN)