The local government of Angeles City, Pampanga through the leadership of RDC III Chairperson and Angeles City Mayor Edgardo D. Pamintuan hosted the Luzon Regional Development Committee (RDCom) Meeting on 24 October, in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Mayor Edgardo D. Pamintuan showcased the Angeles City Command Center that helps the local government monitor traffic, peace and order and safety of the city. He also added that the Command Center uses fiber optic technology which provides high definition monitoring of streets even in night time. Mayor Pamintuan added that the facility greatly aids the local government in solving crime and road accidents with clear documentation of event caught by installed cameras around the city. He also shared his initiatives on improving the tourism potential of the city by establishing people’s parks from repossessed materials and clearing spaghetti wires of electricity and communication companies.

The meeting also discussed the proposed amendments to Energy Regulation No. 1-94. Luzon RDCom Chairperson Hermilando I. Mandanas shared to the committee that the Luzon RDCom is invited by DOE Undersecretary Felix William B. Funtabella in a meeting to discuss and resolve prevailing issues on the matter. Chair Mandanas informed the committee that his petition for the release of PHP 800 billion of Internal Revenue Allotment will soon be granted which greatly help local government units (LGUs) deliver basic services. He further explained that to have a truly effective Federal Government, it should be composed of strong autonomous LGUs. His proposal to amend Sections 5 to 7 under Article X of the 1987 Philippine Constitution will increase revenues of LGUs and promote local autonomy towards a federal form of government.

Chair Mandanas also raised the environmental and economic impacts of washed up water hyacinths and garbage from Manila swept in the coasts of Batangas. He further informed the committee that the garbage is being swept towards Mindoro Island. BGen. Jose V. Campo of the Metro Manila Development Authority thanked the Chairperson for the information and told the committee that this will be addressed by the agency.

On the issue on security threats in Luzon, Chair Mandanas suggested for the Regional Development Councils to conduct joint meetings with the Regional Peace and Order Council to harmonize efforts in peace, order, public safety and security and compliment socio-economic development activities in the regions.

Myke Lavadia | November 3, 2017