2013 VISION: CAMILING CITY
by Atty. Daniel Balaoing Valdez
touted as the next and second city of the province of
Tarlac. It has a current population of some 95,000 and an
annual income of around P100,000,000.00 (the minimum amount
necessary for city hood). +
At the Crossroads. The town is
strategically situated. It is where roads from the following
places intersect - (a) Bayambang in Southern Pangasinan; (b)
Lingayen and Bolinao of Western Pangasinan; (c) Paniqui and
Moncada of Eastern Tarlac; and (d) Tarlac City, Capas, etc.
of Southern Tarlac (see sketch).
Only Tarlac City rivals Camiling's
ideal location within the province.
As the town approaches city status,
it has to prepare a convincing and solid application for
one. Such is necessary as the League of Cities is now strict
on the admission of new members into its fold - something
understandable as more members therein means less share per
member of the internal revenue allotment (IRA) from the
national government ++.
Main Problem. Camiling's main problem
is its clogged downtown traffic and a non-expansive and
crowded poblacion (town proper). Passing-by vehicles like
buses, deprived of convenient alternate routes, are
unnecessarily delayed in their trips. One recalls that a
local mayor once attempted to transfer the public market
site to the town’s outskirts but failed.
Bridge. Something then has to be done pronto to widen, among
others, the existing Camiling Bridge which has become
relatively constricted to serve the needs of a burgeoning
town. One should also explore the following ideas: (a) an
additional bridge connecting Burgos St. north of the town
plaza to brgy. Cacamilingan Norte; (b) a diversion road
connecting brgys. Telbang and Malacampa directly to San
Clemente town; and (c) a re-enforced, flood-resistant road
to accommodate buses and other heavy vehicles bound for
Eastern Tarlac (but avoiding Paniqui’s poblacion).
Paniqui Road to SCTEX. The Paniqui
road [see(c) above] , of which the big Rang-ay bridge is
part, would eventually link the municipality to the SCTEX's
(North Luzon Expressway) proposed extension from La Paz town
to Saitan, La Union (just before the climb to Baguio's
Kennon Road). This route would obviate the need for
travellers from Western Pangasinan to pass through downtown
Tarlac City on their way to Manila. Hopefully, it would
encourage Manilenos to pay frequent visits to (and be
counted as residents of) their hometowns in Western Tarlac
San Clemente- Malacampa/Telbang Road.
It is true that the proposed direct road (see [b] above) to
San Clemente would skip the Camiling town proper. However,
we are confident that the same would trigger business
activity in brgy. Malacampa and the hitherto untapped
Anoling - Bobon area. The project could be undertaken with
the help of Western Pangasinan - a tourism (Hundred
Islands), export-oriented and seafood-producing region that
would benefit from it. Incidentally, the upgrading of the
Bilad-Sinilian-Marawi short-cut road (linking Bayambang to
Paniqui) in the northeast serves the same purpose.
Integrated Plan for Western Tarlac. The plan should
integrate collateral schemes (e.g. flood control, tourism,
irrigation and livelihood projects) to harness the full
potential of the whole of Western Tarlac encompassing the
Ilocano towns of Mayantoc, San Clemente and Sta. Ignacia. It
should further disprove Sen. Richard
“Dick” Gordon's query
"How is Tarlac now?" - an insinuation that the Aquino and
Cojuangco families, while holding sway in the province for
practically a century, have not done much for the area.**
Zambales has its SMBA and the Subic
Bay Freeport Zone ; Pangasinan its new International Seaport
in Sual ; and Pampanga its Clark Freeport Zone and the
Macapagal International Airport. What similar facilities
does Tarlac have?
City Legal Counsel of Taguig City (2001-2004); Secretary,
Sangguniang Panlungsod of Taguig City (2004-); and Past
President, Camiling Tangguyob Jaycees (JCI Senator 28111).
** See "Commonsense" column, Marichu A. Villanueva, March
10, 2010, Philippine Star on-line, quote from a campaign
comment of Sen. Richard Gordon on the candidacy of Sen.
Noynoy Aquino for president.
+ Sec. 450 , Local Government Code, Rep. Act No. 7160, as
amended by RA 9009; see Supreme Court case of League of
Cities vs . Comelec, GR No. 178056, Dec. 21, 2009
+ + Secs. 284-286, ibid