EdPam wants new city hall, sports complex for Angeles

ANGELES CITY – Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is eyeing the construction of a new city hall and a sports complex fit for a highly-urbanized city.

City Engineer Donato Dizon disclosed that plans are in the pipeline for the building of the said facilities, which are being sought to complement the ongoing development of the Clark Freeport Zone.

A 5-floor modern and green city hall will be built in front of the existing government edifice. The building will feature parking lots and rentable commercial spaces for the first and second floors.

The P580 million-city hall annex will mainly house the new offices for the mayor, vice mayor, members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) and other city government agencies.

Dizon also said the 15,795 sqm-city hall building would also feature an auditorium and a multipurpose function hall to serve bigger government events and activities.

“The old city hall is quite small and congested already. It also needs plenty of repairs. The new city hall will bring together all our offices and services to make our compound a compact walkable government complex,” the City Engineer said.

Meanwhile, a P320 million-worth sports complex and socio-civic center is also being eyed to be constructed in Barangay Pampang, which boasts a 2,500-capacity convention center with complete sports amenities, multi-purpose halls and parking areas.

For his part, Pamintuan cited the two projects as important facilities that will impact his five-term leadership in the city along with his other brainchild programs.

“I am grateful to the support that the SP headed by Vice Mayor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno has been extending to us to finally have all our projects realized. Our prompt implementation of programs and projects manifest the good relationship between the executive and legislative branches of the city government,” Pamintuan said.

According to City Engineer Dizon, the mayor has also suggested the facilities to be environment-friendly.

“The mayor wants the facilities to be green and eco-friendly that is why we are infusing bigger windows as part of the initial designs for energy-saving lighting and ventilation. We can also go as far as making them solar powered but studies are still underway,” Dizon said.

The City Government of Angeles and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) led by Chairman Alberto Romulo recently entered into a Loan Agreement to fund the construction of the said facilities.

The local government eyes to start the building of the facilities by September this year, which will last for 600 calendar days. This is on top of the P1.3 billion-big ticket infrastructure projects for Angeles City, which are set to be implemented in 2019 under the DTI-DPWH Convergence program, the Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade (ROLL-IT).