CITY of San Fernando vice mayor-elect Benedict Jasper "BJ" Lagman over the weekend vowed to sustain the gains and thrusts of the City of San Fernando in terms of tourism and economic recovery.

During the inauguration of the Giant Lantern Tourist and Information Center at the former Paskuhan Village along Jose Abad Santos Avenue in San Fernando on May 27, 2022, Lagman told SunStar Pampanga that the incoming 8th Sangguniang Panlunsod will support via proper legislation the preservation of culture and heritage, as well as the livelihood of lantern makers and other tourism investors.

"The 8th City Council will ensure that programs related to tourism will be sustained through proper legislation not only this Giant Lantern Tourist and Information Center but other sites like our Old train Station and the MegaWorld project in the former Pasudeco area. Just recently also, we approved a budget for the rehabilitation of the old water tower in Barangay Lourdes. These are among the projects that we will attend to," he said.

Lagman added that he and members of the City Council will pursue programs like boosting lantern-making not only during the Christmas season but all year round.

"As part of our culture, we want to sustain the livelihood of our lantern makers and those engaged in tourism. So palalakasin natin iyan upang mas makilala pa ang San Fernando as the home of giant lanterns and a tourist destination for all seasons," he said. (with JTD)