By MARK ANTHONY N. MANUEL
MABALACAT, Pampanga, Philippines – Pampanga may soon have its third city as President Benigno Simeon Aquino III signed the law converting this highly industrialized municipality into a city.
Mayor Marino Morales announced yesterday that President Aquino signed on Wednesday Republic Act 10164 converting Mabalacat into a component city of Pampanga.
Morales explained that the people of Mabalacat will vote during a plebiscite whether or not they approve the conversion.
The mayor said the plebiscite will be held within a month.
The move has paved the way for Mabalacat to become the third city, aside from Angeles and San Fernando.
“We will be able to carry out with our plans and programs and we will show to the people a government that cares and a government that is responsive,“ the local chief executive said.
Morales has long been campaigning for the conversion of the town into a component city, saying that a better living standards awaits Mabalacatenos once the proposal is approved.
With the influx of workers from different towns and the rapid development of the industries in the town, Morales said that the need for housing and other developments could be only achieved through cityhood.
“People may expect for more social services if we become a city,“ Morales said.
The mayor said that if Mabalacat would be converted into a city, the local government is planning to house a combination of industrial, agricultural, and commercial zones in the area.
A representative from the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) certified that the town has met the income requirement under the Local Government Code of P100 million basic income requirements.
Mabalacat’s income was certified to have reached P144 million, which is P44 million above the requirement under the law.
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