Angeles City development council holds second session

ANGELES CITY- Members of the 9th Local Development Council (LDC) chaired by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan held its second regular session, on Monday, with focus on updating and monitoring development projects in the city.

The session organized by its secretariat, the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), was attended by the city’s village chiefs, representatives from non-government organizations (NGOs), city department heads and employees, and officials from national government agencies.

Agenda for the said session included the updating of the city’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) and Local Development Investment Plan (LDIP) for 2010 to 2016 and extending its coverage until 2017.

According to CPDO chief and head of the LDC Secretariat, Engineer David David, the CDP is the term-based development blueprint for the city.

The CDP is also a sectoral plan and a tactical approach allowing the local government unit (LGU) to uphold the general welfare of its constituents through a line-up of programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) proposed by its members from the different sectors functioning as a corporate body.

Also presented during the assembly were the projects under the Road Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade (ROLL-IT) program to be implemented by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Among notable infrastructure projects expected in the coming years are the NLEx-SCTEx Connecting Road (Abacan Expressway); the development of the East Circumferential Road, Furniture Village Bypass Road in Barangay Anunas, Angeles Livelihood Road in EPZA, Angeles SCTEx Toll Exit-Interchange in Barangay Margot; the rehabilitation and widening of the Clark-Angeles Perimeter Road; and the development of the upland Watershed Reserve.

Barangay officials were also given opportunities to air their concerns regarding waste management, public works, and disaster reduction which will be covered by the unexpended balance of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRM) amounting to P42.7 million.

The 33 village chiefs were also clustered adopting the resolution creating a sectoral or functional committees for the LDC.

To ensure that no sectoral projects are left behind, the local government has established the City Project Monitoring Committee (CPMC) led by Councilmen’s League of Angeles City (CLAC) Vice President Arlon Lacson, and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) City Director Martin Pores Moral.

Mayor Pamintuan, who also heads the Regional Development Council for Central Luzon, said that the LDC gives the community a sense of participation in governing the city.

“Participative governance has been our primary drive in running the city. Over the years, we have enjoined our people to collaboratively shape and progress the city to what it is and what it has attained today,” said Pamintuan.

City Administrator Dennis Albert Pamintuan was sought to facilitate the said regular session since Mayor Pamintuan was summoned in Malacañang to discuss important matters with President Rodrigo Duterte.