ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin Jr. said he will clean the city hall's "rotten eggs" extorting businesses if he wins as mayor.
Lazatin, a mayoralty candidate here, disclosed this during the Angeles City's Mayoral Candidates Forum last November 21 at the Oasis Hotel which was sponsored by Hotel and Restaurants Association in Pampanga, Inc. (HARP).
If elected, Lazatin said that his first order of business will be to clean out the “rotten eggs” in the City Government, especially those who use their position to extort businesses in the city.
“Ang magiging administration po natin ay may paninindigan (Our administration will have a stand),” Lazatin stressed. “Ang ibig pong sabihin nito (This means), we will clean out the corrupt employees in the City Government, regardless of their affiliation.”
Lazatin also said that under his administration, the City Government will be “business-friendly.”
“The city needs to become a business partner,” said Lazatin.
“The City Government needs to partner up and work closely with the private sector, in order to further enhance the growth of the business sector in the city.”
In the same forum, Lazatin also said that the application for business permits in the city will be modernized under his administration.
“The present Business-One-Stop-Shop was first implemented during the administration of my father,” Lazatin said, referring to former three-term Angeles City mayor Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin.
“Under our administration, we plan to improve this further by properly implementing the city’s online business application system, starting with proper information dissemination. We are in the age of information technology and we need to take advantage and use it to improve the delivery of public services.”
At present, the Angeles City Government has an online business application system -- the E-BOSS or Electronic Business One-Stop Shop.
However, the service is not being utilized by all businesses in the city.
According to the Business Permit and Licensing Division, only 16 businesses applied for their permits through the E-BOSS system in 2017.