ANGELES CITY – Incumbent City Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. on October 16 filed his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for Angeles City Mayor before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office here vows to bring back quality basic services to Angeleños.

Lazatin led his line-up consists of Vice Mayor candidate Vicky Vega Cabigting;; Councilor candidates Atty. Angelo “Pinggoy” Lopez; Marino “Niknok” Bañola; Rudy Simeon; Idy Marie Pamintuan; Ney Nepomuceno; Atty. Arvin “Pogs” Suller; Aaron; Angelito Indiongco; and Philip Pangilinan – Samson.

Lazatin and his lineup will run under the Partido Federalismo Party (PFP).

Team Lazatin went to Angeles City Comelec office at 9 a.m. after attending Mass at Christ the King Parish Church in Pulung Cacutud here.

The group is greeted by supporters from various sectoral groups who waited for his arrival in Comelec.

If elected, Lazatin vowed to continue the legacy of his father, former Angeles City Mayor and First District Pampanga Congressman Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin.

Lazatin said his program will center on providing basic quality services to Angeleños such as improvement of public health services, education, extensive solid waste management program, and infrastructure development.

He stressed that he will strengthen rural health units to make the delivery of city health services more efficient and more accessible to the people.

He also vowed to provide free medicines to all 33 barangays in the city.

“We will also improve the services of the Ospital Ning Angeles. We will see to it na maibalik natin sa mga Angeleño ang ONA by making all the services readily available in the hospital,” Lazatin said.

He added that he will also make sure that ONA has enough medicines available to people “so that they don’t have to buy from pharmacies outside the hospital.”

“During the term of my father, former Mayor Tarzan Lazatin, madami pong gamot sa ONA. Meron din po tayong Mayor’s Desk na bukas para sa lahat, hindi para sa pili lamang,” Lazatin said.

Lazatin said he will push for the implementation of the R.A. 9709, otherwise known as the ‘Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Act of 2009,’ by establishing a Newborn Screening Center here.

Being a staunch supporter of programs for Senior Citizens, Lazatin also vowed to provide free mandatory annual physical examinations and other medical-related benefits for Senior Citizens of Angeles City.

Meanwhile, Lazatin said he will push for the amendment to the Charter of the City College of Angeles (CCA) that seeks to have the tuition fees of CCA students fully subsidized by the City Government to give all youth an opportunity to have a degree.

Additionally, he will grant a ‘non-wage’ benefit to all public school teachers, in the form of free tertiary education at the City College of Angeles (CCA) for one of their dependents.

“Marami po tayong mga nakaplanong programa sa edukasyon kasama po dito ang pag-maximize ng Local School Board (LSB) para makabili ng mga lupa at makapagpa-tayo ng mga dagdag silid-aralan, makapag-hire tayo ng mas maraming guro at makabili ng mga dagdag na libro para sa mga mag-aaral at iba pang gamit sa eskwelahan,” Lazatin said.

Meanwhile, as the author of Ordinance No. 364, S-2015 or the Plastic bag and Styrofoam ordinance of Angeles City, Lazatin also vowed for its strict implementation and to create a more comprehensive solid waste management program.

In terms of infrastructure development, Lazatin said he will develop and establish new secondary road network.

“Kung papalarin po tayong manalo at ang aking kapatid, na si Congressman Carmelo “Jonjon” Lazatin, II, magpapagawa po tayo ng mga overpasses dito sa Lungsod para masagot ang problema sa trapiko,” Lazatin said.