ANGELES CITY – With education and infrastructure development being part of the priority programs of Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr., a building with 20 classrooms will be built at the City College of Angeles (CCA), using the P50-million donation from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
Mayor Lazatin led the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday at the CCA with PAGCOR Chairperson Andrea Domingo, First District Rep. Carmelo “Jon” Lazatin II, Vice Mayor Vicenta Vega-Cabigting, members of the city council, and City Engr. Donato Dizon.
In the ceremony, which coincided with the late Cong. Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin’s 87th birth anniversary, Mayor Lazatin cited his father’s greatest contribution in uplifting the quality of education not just in the city, but in the first district of Pampanga.
“Ang edukasyon po ay mahalaga sa aking ama at ganun din sa aking lolo, si Governor Rafael Lazatin, dahil naniniwala po kami na ang edukasyon ang greatest equalizer — ang edukasyon po ay makakapag ahon sa ating mga mahihirap na kababayan sa kahirapan,” he said.
“Gaya po nila, kami po ng aking kapatid na si Cong. Jon ay patuloy na isusulong ang mga programang pang-edukasyon upang maisaayos pa ang public schools dito sa Angeles City,” Mayor Lazatin added.
He thanked the PAGCOR for being an ally in the city’s advocacy of providing quality education to the Angeleño youth.
“Lubos po akong nagpapasalamat sa PAGCOR at sa pamunuan nito, sa pangunguna po ni Ms. Andrea Domingo at naging katuwang kayo ng Angeles City Government sa adhikaing walang kabataang Angeleño ang maiiwan pagdating sa larangan ng Edukasyon,” Lazatin said.
It was in November 2020 when a P50-million donation from PAGCOR was turned over to the city government. On the same day, Lazatin made a statement that the amount will be used for the building of additional classrooms at the CCA.