CLARK FREEPORT – Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo said the state-owned CDC and various locators and investors here are fully-supporting the bid to address the lack of classrooms in Pampanga’s first congressional district.
Remollo said he had recently met with Pampanga 1st District Rep. Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin and Mabalacat Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales to discuss the congressman’s education program dubbed “Kabahagi Ako Adopt A School Program” launched last week at the Stotsenberg Hotel here.
On Thursday, more than 500 guests from the private and government sector attended Lazatin’s Adopt A School Program where pledges worth P178 million or an equivalent of 229 classrooms were collected.
The 229 classrooms pledged on last Thursday’s education summit covered at least 51 percent of the 444-classroom backlog in the province’s first district, which is composed of the towns of Magalang, Mabalacat, and Angeles City.
“Congressman Lazatin and Mayor Morales visited me a few days ago to discuss how the CDC administration, including the various locator firms in the Freeport, can help put up the remaining number of classrooms needed to meet the objectives of the education summit,” Remollo said.
Remollo said he has already set a meeting with the Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA) and other top officials of locator-firms here to determine which public schools to adopt. Aside from setting the meeting, Remollo also stressed that he has already talked with executives of some locator firms in an effort to boost the school building project of Lazatin.
“Education is the great equalizer. Which is why the CDC is fully supporting this education summit because we believe in all of its objectives,” said Remollo, who sent his regrets prior to Lazatin’s education summit last Thursday to attend the wake of one of his family members.
In relation to this, Remollo also said that aside from education, the CDC is also pushing to promote tourism in the Freeport through sports. He said the Clark Freeport has a variety of facilities for sports tourism, which students can, likewise, use for their extra-curricular subjects.
Remollo recently announced the upcoming Sports Tourism Forum to be held on July 19 at the Holiday Inn Clark, which the CDC co-organized Selrahco Management Consultancy Services and the Department of Tourism.