IT’S so delightful to see three city mayors, one incumbent and two former local chief executives holding and raising their hands in the air with all smiles on their faces. It’s a great manifestation of political unity and tranquility in the Angeles City and it’s a rare sight to see politicians

Recently, during the city’s 192nd founding anniversary, the three political big shots in the person of present City Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr., Edgardo Pamintuan and Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno literally joined their hands together with the portraits of past mayors of the city in the background. Perhaps if only Carmelo “Apung Tarzan” Lazatin was alive, who was also a former mayor of the city, he would have joined the three.

The trios were seen during the unveiling of the portraits of the past mayors of Angeles City. Speaking of portraits, these are the ones displayed at the City Hall’s lobby that were restored and were unveiled during the said occasion. It’s a fitting tribute to those who have served Angeleños in the past years.

The unveiling of the restored portraits was also timely as the city is celebrating its founding anniversary. The celebration was made more memorable by recognizing the former fathers of the city and giving appreciation to their big or small contributions to Angeles during their stint as mayors. Family members of other past mayors were also present and they appreciated the efforts of the current city government in honoring the past leaders of Angeles.

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A number of residential electric consumers are complaining over the increase of their electricity bills recently. Some were surprised when their average amount they pay to electric distribution utilities suddenly ballooned while others went triple in the amount they usually pay to electricity providers.

Reliable sources reveal that it is the coal which is the culprit. The price of coal in the world market that is being used by coal-powered plants soared high. These plants rely on coal for their turbines to create electricity.

Meanwhile electric distribution entities are facing the ire of residential consumers because they are being blamed for the increase in the latter’s electric bills. They should know and be aware that electric power distributors are just a piece of the electric power system in the country.

In layman’s explanation, the money that we as consumers pay to electric power companies and cooperatives goes to the power producers. These are either coal-powered, steam-powered or water-powered, among others. Next is the transmission entity that delivers electricity from the power plants to the grid, to the electric distribution facilities.

The government too is among the recipients of the amount that we pay for our electricity in terms of tax. The use of electricity is a revenue-generating activity too. Lastly, electric power distributors get their share too for its operational cost including equipment and manpower.

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My condolences and expression of deep sympathy goes to the family, relatives and friends of colleague media practitioner Jesus “Jess” Malabanan who was gunned down by unknown assailants last December 8, 2021. He is a member of the revered Pampanga Press Club.

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