Message of the Mayor

One of the important things we have learned from the past is courage: courage to face our adversities; courage to fight for what is right; courage to accept the truth and difficulties; courage to look forward and look back sometimes.

Within one year, I have received so much love, support and warmth coming from all stake holders, friends, supporters, my wife Lenny and my kids Christine, Miguel and Pauline, our family, department heads, from the Sanguniang Bayan, co-public officials and co-public servants.

And lucky I am, I am not able to serve my fellow capaseños and return to my post six years after, I am rather humbled and blessed to be trusted with another set of fruitful years to honor our history and mark the future of our municipality.

I sincerely salute our ancestors for handing us their dream, vision and values. I salute all the heroes and defenders, Filipino and American Soldiers, civilians and capaseños who have fought with the bravery and loyalty during the World War II and in our daily lives.

I salute our dear farmers, laborers, workers and officers of all the fields for providing us healthy food, comfortable clothes, clean and safe surroundings, fast services and decent lives.

I salute all educator, grandparents, fathers and mothers for keeping our traditions and protecting our identity by inculcating culture in every child’s learning.

I salute the youth for securing our future through reading books, inheriting our traits, involving themselves in socio-cultural events, making themselves academically and practically excellent and for carrying our names with pride.

I sincerely thank the Good People International for conducting series of medical and dental missions with the Ospital Ning Capas.

On my first year, we were able to build an  I.P Ward building, new suite rooms, implement free check-ups which serves at least 51, 235 Capaseños within 2016 alone and double the hospital’s income expanded health services, making the Department of Health (DOH) recognize ONC’s best practices.

We now have a high-end 4×4 ambulance from BCDA another from PCSO and 2 units of brand new PNP mobile for better safety and quick response during disaster. Calamity and other emergency situiations.

I am also happy to have been able to help more than 2,200 children by providing then school bags bags, wheelchairs the old and disabled negocarts, continuous cash for work projects, and to have served more than 4,000 families through the 4ps distribution wherein Capas was cited as DSWD Region III’s Model LGU for effectively implementing the Pantwid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Apart from these, we now have Legal Office with lawyers and clerks offering free legal assistance. Within just six months, 1.6 million worth of livelihood projects were handed to cooperatives while over 3,000 food packs and 945 planting materials were also awarded to farmers.

Our fisherman have also received fishing equipment, and over 100,000 fingerlings dispersed under various fishery program.

Within this period, we also built our very own organic center, school buildings, countless number of new facilities and established good partnership with the DTI through the Negosyo Center helping Micro, small and medium enterprises exhibit locally-made products.

I am truly grateful for the repeated recognition in provincial, regional and national levels. More so, because Capas have received various donations, attention and allocation from private individuals, companies and government institutions which has inspired us to do jobs better and better.

Among these humble attainments, one of my favorite is the food park concepts because for the past few years, I’ve been visiting first class cities, beautiful countries and interesting food hubs, so I have always dreamt of seeing Capas colorful  and vibrant every night. Hence, we now have a place to go, eat dine and shop – Capas Waling Street.

Moreover, I would like to congratulate Capas Bahay Pagbabago and Its Administrator Edgar M. Guevarra and the Capas PNP led by PSupt. Ariel R. Red for keeping us to the standards of the DILG, PDEA, PNP, TESDA and all national agencies involved in our fight against illegal drugs.

I commend the Municipal Information Office headed by Czarina E. Buscayno for the efforts in putting up our own magazine and gazettes and for the successful and truthful documentation on the reformists’ journey making CBP-DRC’s achievement be known to public.

We were only not able to accomplish our task but we were able to save and change lives as well as be recognized as the largest and “Best Reformatory Center” not only in Central Luzon but in the whole country.

I am proud of Evelyn P. Roque and the rest of the Municipal Treasury Office for the Business One Stop Shop and for being awarded with 2016 Most Outstanding LGU for the implementation of Streamline Program-Issuance of Mayor’s Permit and bagging the Best LGU in Customer Relations Award at Royce Hotel, Clark 11th Recognition of Outstanding Central Luzon LGU’s. Such recognition have only proven that Capas is s business friendly municipality.

All these were made possible by courage, and will. Together, with these two, we’re able to reach beyond what is expected of us, especially among the youth.

And so with the great awe for all the students who have fearlessly conquered the heroes’ trail, I would like to congratulate Capas High School for bringing us the most realistic re-enactment of Death March, you have truly touched our hearts.

For you we are more than happy to show every barangay’s jewel, lifestyle and stories through the second issue of the Paspas Capas, our official bi-annual Travel, Business and Public Service Magazine. May this be helpful to all readers and travelers fond of Capas.

In whatever ways we live, we all contribute to another chapter of our history. In smallest ways, we could be heroes. A hero soldier in drug war, little heroes to our drug war, little heroes to our parents, best heroes to our children, honest heroes in our community, an intelligent hero of this nation or an everyday hero for yourself.

Whether it’s trekking with tourist to Mt. Pinatubo marching students or veterans to Capas National Shrine or running in a foam with the guest, enthusiast and locals, it will be a worthwhile walk to be reminded how we became who we are. Thank you for joining us. Let’s make it an early tradition.

And in our hope for progress and change, a blissful glance at our history will remind us to be bold and confident. Death March, our history. Progress, our destiny. Behold, because Asia’s smartest and greenest is coming. Take pride and believe Capas will be Tarlac’s Next City because New Clark City will be the Philippines most modern city.