CLARK FREEPORT -- Bacolor Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Jose Maria Hizon has called himself a better politician and described himself as a totally different leader.
Hizon gave a frank assessment of himself during a meeting with members of the Capampangan in Media, Inc. (CAMI) at the Bale-Balita last Friday.
“I also have more wisdom and harmless,” the mayor who will challenge Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda for the governorship during the May polls this year.
Hizon will complete his three term as mayor since assuming the office in 2010,and noted the vast transformation has achieved under his leadership.
“It’s like Bacolor was reborn,” he said, “after the devastation of Mt. Pinatubo.” Much of the town was obliteration by the Pinatubo eruption in 1991, but the town has become a second class municipality and will be aspiring to be a city in time, according to him.
Hizon said that if he wins, he will bring into the office his vast experience in governance and management, citing the ways in which he runs their business.
Hizon averred that, while he will continue with good programs of the current administration, he will also come with other worthy ideas to improve the lives of the Kapampangan.
“You can’t just focus one thing, because the people need a lot,” he said.
When pressed with specific policies, Hizon said that he will strictly observe the formula and guidelines in the budget preparation to prevent unnecessary realignment and supplemental budgeting.
“I’m not saying it’s happening now, although it’s always possible, “ he added..
Hizon also pledged to zero in on the integrity of provincial projects, particularly related to infrastructure.
Asked on his political parting with Fourth District Congressman Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc, Hizon said he respected the former ally’s decision.
Hizon is running independent but bared that some local officials, whom he declined to name, have vowed to support him and come out in the open in due time.
Former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo is said to be among those his camp.
If elected, Hizon said he is more than willing have a compromise agreement with the other elected officials, particularly members of the Provincial Board.
“I’ve done that before when I was elected mayor in 2010,” he said. (NCS)