PAMPANGA — Sectoral groups in the First District of Pampanga have expressed their support for the candidacy of Angeles City Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. for District Representative.

File photo shows Lazatin celebrating with his supporters on May 20, 2019, a few days after he was declared as Mayor-Elect of Angeles City.

Some 600 officers of sectoral groups from Angeles City, Mabalacat City, and Magalang Municipality, including women, persons with disability (PWD), LGBTQ, farmers, public transport groups, muslim community, indigenous peoples, senior citizens, and solo parents, are expected to attend Lazatin’s declaration of candidacy on June 28, 2024 at the Magalang Plaza in the Municipality of Magalang.

Juvilan Paras, founder of One United LGBTQ of Angeles City, declared their organization’s support for Lazatin.

“One United LGBTQ of Angeles City is for Team Lazatin,” said Paras in a social media post, “Naniniwala ang aming organization na ang tunay na kulay ng puso at pagmamahal ay pula wala ng iba.”

Valerie Paguio, former Secretary of Barangay Cutud, Angeles City and member of the Tribu Organization also expressed her all out support for Lazatin.

“Siya talaga ay may tunay na pagmamahal sa atin,” she said.

In a statement, the VAWC Desk Officers of Angeles City headed by Ms. Elvira Artesano also declared their support.

“We believe in the mission and vision of Mayor Lazatin for the welfare of women and children,” Artesano said, “We thank him for giving his full support to us and, in return, we pledge to give our full support on his next journey.”

Meanwhile, community leader Russel Ponce also declared that their organization is a “solid supporter” of Lazatin.

On June 4, 2024, Lazatin announced that he will officially declare his candidacy for Pampanga First District Representative on what would have been the 90th birthday of his late father, former Pampanga First District Representative and three-time Angeles City Mayor, Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin.

Currently, Lazatin is serving his second term as Angeles City Mayor and is set to deliver his fourth State of the City Address (SOCA) on June 24, 2024.

In his fourth SOCA, Lazatin is expected to highlight his accomplishments for the past five years at the helm of Angeles City — two years of which were spent in the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the pandemic, Angeles City was cited by the Department of Interior and Local Government among 23 HUCs to first achieve ‘herd immunity’ against COVID-19.

Angeles City is also the first LGU to establish Ronda Bakuna, bringing COVID-19 vaccine to all Angeleño households, and the only LGU to establish Sundo Bakuna, deploying PUVs and Philippine Rabbit Buses to take residents to vaccine sites.