Carmelo Lazatin, Jr., more commonly referred to as “Pogi”, is the son of Pampanga First District Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Angeles University Foundation in 1990 and with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Republic Central Colleges in 2009.

He also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Despite this being the first time that Lazatin is going to participate in city-wide elections, Lazatin is not new to public service.

In 1985, Lazatin served as a councilor in the Sangguniang Kabataan of Barangay San Jose, Angeles City.

Lazatin served as a consultant for the Office of the Mayor in Angeles City, Pampanga from 1998 to 2000.

At present, Lazatin serves as Founding Director of the Bahay Bata Foundation.

Personal Information

Date of birth – August 28, 1969
Place of birth – Angeles City


2009 – Bachelor of Science Major in Business Management, Republic Central Colleges

1990 – Bachelor of Science Major in Business Administration, Angeles University Foundation

Public Service Experience

2008 to present – Founding Director, Bahay Bata Foundation

2005 to 2007 – Consultant, Angeles City Mayor’s Office

Professional Experience

2008 to present – President, Biotop Philippines, Inc.

2007 to present – Director, Angeles City Sports and Country Club

1990 to present – President, Lago Waterworks, Inc.

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – “Hindi sapat sa konseho ang pasayaw-sayaw o ang pagiging magandang babae o lalake”.

Thus said Team Lazatin councilor bet Max Sangil on April 18 as he addressed a crowd of supporters during the Team Lazatin caucus in Barangay Santa Teresita here.

“Not that being good-looking is necessarily bad,” said Sangil, “but governance is serious business and you need a whole lot more than just good looks to be effective”.

Sangil said that this is one of the reasons why he considers his running mates in Team Lazatin worthy of a position in the City Council.

“There may only be four of us in Team Lazatin but no member is dispensable and at the end of the day, quality always trumps quantity,” Sangil said.

Sangil was referring to his three fellow candidates in Team Lazatin, incumbent Councilor and lawyer Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno, businessman Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr., and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and lawyer Nino Enriquez.

According to Sangil, if it really comes down to a battle of good looks, Nepomuceno is not only in the running for first place, he also has the edge of being a lawyer under his belt.

Lazatin, on the other hand, has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is the director of several corporations.

Sangil also said that while there may be hundreds of CPAs and hundreds of lawyers in the city, only a select few are CPA-lawyers like Enriquez.

“I believe that Angelenos are discerning voters and they will see beyond good looks and other frivolities when they make their decision on May 13,” Sangil said.

Aside from being a veteran broadcaster and a former City Councilor, Sangil also served as a representative of the Clark Development Corporation where he participated in the negotiations in the Air Services Agreement with England, Macau and Kuwait.

Sangil also became part of the negotiations in inviting several business, such as United Parcel Services (UPS) and Samsung, to do business in Clark.

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – Along with eradicating corruption, Pampanga First District Representative and City Mayoralty Candidate Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin vows to include urban poor affairs among his top priorities once he gets elected as Mayor.

“Maliban sa paglaban sa korapsyon, kailangan aktibo din ang gobyerno sa pagsusulong ng mga programa para sa grassroots level para masiguro ang pag-unlad ng mga mamamayan,” Lazatin said.

During his term as City Mayor in 1998, one of the pro-urban poor measures instituted by Lazatin was the establishment of the Local Urban Poor Affairs and Housing Office (LUPAHO) and by the time he stepped down in 2007, he was able to distribute 15,000 land titles to residents of Angeles City.

Under Lazatin’s administration, the Angeles City Government also partnered with the ABS-CBN Foundation for the Bayan Microfinance, a livelihood assistance program wherein a total of 100 tricycles and motorcycles were distributed to members of various of urban poor organizations.

The City Government also prepared the Angeles City Shelter Plan through the Trade and Investment Promotions Office (TIPO) and LUPAHO, which was then presented to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) at a workshop in Cebu City on October 11 to 13, 2000. HUDCC hailed the plan as the best shelter plan in the country.

Due to Lazatin’s efforts in the improvement of urban poor affairs, the Angeles City Government was recognized by the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) for two consecutive years in 2003 and 2004.

Lazatin was lauded for his contribution to the welfare of the urban poor sector in Angeles City for providing low cost housing projects to indigent families in the city.

Earlier, one of the LUPAHO beneficiaries from Northville Resettlement in Barangay Cutud expressed her gratitude for Lazatin during the Team Lazatin caucus in their village last April 14.

The beneficiary, Anna Luna Valencia said that the grant of the land title is something that she and her family will always be thankful for.

“Napakalaki po ng aming pasasalamat kay Mayor Lazatin dahil nagkaroon po kami ng sariling bahay at lupa dahil sa pagtatag niya ng LUPAHO,” Valencia said, “Sa tulong po ni Mayor Lazatin ay may pag-asa na magkaroon ng sariling bahay ang mga mahihirap na katulad namin”.

2ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – Addressing a crowd of residents from Barangay Santo Rosario during Team Lazatin’s house to house campaign and caucus in the village last April 16, Councilor Bryan Nepomuceno vowed to push for the empowerment of Angelenos through the implementation of livelihood projects for residents of the city, especially the urban poor.

“Ayaw naman po natin na ang ating mga kababayan ay habangbuhay na maging mahirap at dependent sa gobyerno,” Nepomuceno said, “Gusto po natin na ma-empower ang mga mamamayan at tulungan silang maiangat ang kanilang pamumuhay”.

According to Nepomuceno, if he gets reelected into the City Council, he will push for the establishment of a microfinancing system in the City to aid small entrepreneurs.

“Makakatulong po ang microfinancing system sa mga tao na hindi makapagtrabaho ng ‘8 to 5’, lalo na ang mga nanay, na makapag-umpisa ng kanilang sariling maliit na negosyo,” said Nepomuceno.

Nepomuceno is also set to push for the installation of closed-circuit television or CCTV cameras in strategic locations all over the city to help address the growing crime rate.

Nepomuceno said that aside from helping in the identification of crime perpetrators, the CCTV cameras will also serve as a deterrent to individuals contemplating a crime.

“Kung may CCTV cameras, mababawasan ang mga mag-iisip na gumawa ng krimen sa ating siyudad dahil alam nila na kapag gumawa ka ng krimen sa Angeles City, mahuhuli ka,” said Nepomuceno.

Earlier, Nepomuceno also revealed his proposed ‘Work in Angeles for Angelenos’ program which seeks to provide more jobs for Angeles residents by giving them additional leverage in job-hunting.

Under Nepomuceno’s proposed ordinance, businesses will be encouraged to hire Angelenos through the grant of non-fiscal incentives to businesses whose employees are residents of the city.

Businesses will also be required to submit a list of their vacant positions and the qualifications for prospective employees, which will be posted at the Public Employement Service Office (PESO) and barangay halls in the city.

The City Government will also coordinate with the Technical Educations and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to ensure high standards of the trainings and their due recognition.

Nepomuceno has been serving as a Councilor in Angeles City since May 2010. At present, he is the Chairman of the Angeles City Council Committee on Laws and Blue Ribbon Committee.

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – One of the beneficiaries of the land titles distributed by Pampanga First District Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin’s brainchild, the Local Urban Poor Affairs and Housing Office (LUPAHO), on April 14 expressed her gratitude for the solon during the caucus of Team Lazatin in Barangay Cutud here.

Anna Luna Valencia, a current resident of Northville Resettlement in Barangay Cutud, said that the grant of the land title is something that she and her family will always be thankful for.

“Napakalaki po ng aming pasasalamat kay Mayor Lazatin dahil nagkaroon po kami ng sariling bahay at lupa dahil sa pagtatag niya ng LUPAHO,” Valencia said, “Sa tulong po ni Mayor Lazatin ay may pag-asa na magkaroon ng sariling bahay ang mga mahihirap na katulad namin”.

LUPAHO was created by Lazatin in 1998, during his first term as City Mayor, in order to address the housing problems in Angeles City, especially among the urban poor, and implement the city’s socialized housing program.

By the time Lazatin finished his three terms as mayor and stepped down in 2007, he was able to distribute 15,000 land titles to residents of Angeles City.

Earlier, Lazatin announced that he plans on continuing the improvements on urban poor affairs and socialized housing which he first instituted back in 1998.

“Ipagpapatuloy po natin ang programang pabahay para sa mga Angeleno, lalo na sa ating urban poor sector,” Lazatin said.

Lazatin said that he wouldn’t be alone in his crusade for providing affordable housing to all Angelenos as his son, Team Lazatin councilor bet Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr., plans to pass an ordinance seeking to allot 3% of the city’s budget to programs and projects concerning urban poor affairs if he gets elected into the City Council.

“Sa mas malaking budget para sa urban poor housing, mas marami pang residente ng Angeles and makikinabang sa socialized housing program ng siyudad,” Pogi Lazatin said.

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – “Public office is a public trust”.

Thus said Team Lazatin councilor bet, Certified Public Accountant and lawyer Nino Enriquez, affirming one of the oft-repeated provisions of the Philippine Constitution.

“It is no less than the Constitution, the highest law of our land, which states that public office is a public trust,” Enriquez said, “If elected, I will bear this Constitutional provision in mind and in heart to avoid any inclination or possibility of betraying the trust given to me by the people”.

Having served as a CPA-lawyer for the past 20 years, Enriquez said that he has seen the effect of graft and corruption in all levels of government and how it remains a stumbling block for growth.

Enriquez vows to be an instrument of the people in guarding against undesirable practices of government officials, “especially with respect to the use of the treasury”.

Enriquez also committed to working actively towards good governance by avoiding corrupt practices and review and propose improvements to existing measures meant to prevent “under the table” transactions in government.

“Unfortunately, people have resigned themselves to the practice of paying more than they should for basic services of the local government if only to get their transactions done and to accomplish the same the soonest possible time,” said Enriquez.

“One wrong thing does not become right even when everyone else is doing it,” Enriquez added, “I believe people, especially elected officials, should not resign themselves to conforming with the status quo”.

Also a staunch advocate of education, Enriquez believes that everyone should be given access to education and vows to promote free education to financially incapable but deserving students by implementing an “Adopt-a-Scholar” Program wherein the business community will be encouraged to sponsor the education of deserving students.