CANDABA, Pampanga -- Mayor Rene Maglanque has set a bright vision for his hometown with a promise to "build, build and build" numerous tangible projects in next three years, as he officially assumed his position on Monday.
Maglanque, who was officially sworn into office by Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, bared the programs he is eyeing to implement in the next three years in line with his infrastructure development agenda.
Likening to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program, Maglanque cited the importance of sustained infrastructure development that will usher in economic growth and stability in town.
“My belief is if we have the proper infrastructure facilities such as roads, classrooms, hospitals and government offices, we can better provide public service and at the same time promote the municipality to investors,” Maglanque said.
He noted that construction, upgrading and linking of roads and bridges is vital in a low-lying area like Candaba to ensure continuous access for relief and rescue operations during times of calamity.
In particular, Maglanque said several bypass roads linking Candaba to Mexico town going Quezon Road and North Luzon Expressway, and to San Ildefonso going to other towns in Bulacan province are already in the pipeline.
“We still have a lot of roads to develop and through the help of Governor Dennis Pineda and Congressman Rimpy Bondoc and other friends in the government, we are positive that we will be able to deliver all these,” he said.
The comebacking mayor also bared his plan to construct additional classrooms and school facilities in public schools to provide a place that is more conducive for learning of Candabeño youth.
He also disclosed his plan to re-develop the Candaba Community Hospital which was constructed during his mayoral stint in 2016, to advance the healthcare needs of residents here.
He noted that he is planning to increase the hospital’s bed capacity to 30, and create a dialysis center and operating room in the newly-constructed annex building to support his plan of upgrading its status to level 1.
“These cannot be done in a blink of an eye but hopefully, Candabeños can see some progress on our tangible projects in the next six months,” Maglanque said.
Maglanque, meanwhile, assured constituents that social programs such as scholarship grants, assistance to sick, indigent, farmers, senior citizens and members of marginalized sectors will be sustained in his administration.
“Social programs are a staple ingredient in public service but my administration will be focused on providing long-term solutions to poverty, illiteracy, and flood which are among the problems faced by every Candabeño families,” he said.