ANGELES CITY – For the third straight year in a row, Pampanga First District Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin was chosen as one of the most outstanding 30 Congressmen in the Philippines in 2010 by the Congress Magazine and Global News Network (GNN).
This was revealed by GNN and Congress Magazine’s editor-in-chief Frank Grego during a courtesy call held at Lazatin’s congressional office last December 1.
Grego told Lazatin that he wanted to deliver the news to the solon personally since he has been considered as one of the hall of famers to receive the prestigious award.
Grego said Lazatin was once again chosen mainly because of his pro-poor programs that are centered on education, health, employment and social services and the number of pro-poor house bills he had authored and passed.
He was also selected based on the infrastructure projects he had implemented in the First District of Pampanga that truly uplifted the lives of his constituents specially the indigents and those in the rural areas.
“Awards like this keep us inspired to continue serve our constituents and to continue to work hard to contribute more in the development of our respective districts,” Lazatin said.
Serving his second term in Congress, Lazatin was able to lobby funding for various farm-to-market road construction and rehabilitation, flood control projects, and school building projects to various government agencies, aside from his regular P40 million infrastructure funding.
Lazatin has also allotted P15 million of his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) to various social services, educational, and health programs.
Meanwhile, during his first term, Lazatin has implemented P969 million worth of infrastructure projects from July 2007 to June 2010.
Included in these projects are construction of farm-to-market roads, construction/ renovation of school buildings, rehabilitation of main roads and multi-purpose halls in barangays.
He has also allotted P15 million for education and at least P13 million for medical assistance.
He has filed a total of 187 house bills.
Out of the 187 house bills he authored and co-authored, seven were enacted into law, including the Republic Act (R.A.) 9513 or the Renewable Energy Act; R.A. 9502 or the Cheaper Medicine Act and R.A. 9497 or an Act Creating the Civil aviation authority of the Philippines, R.A. 9645 or the Commemoration of the Founding Anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo Act; R.A. 9779 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009; R.A. 9729 or the Climate Change Act of 2009; and R.A. 9710 or the Magna Carta for Women.
The awarding ceremony is tentatively set on February at Manila Hotel, Roxas Boulevard , Pasay City.
Most Outstanding Congressmen award has been given to deserving Congressmen since 1992.