We will build a monument to the proudest resource of this great city; its citizens who desire to overcome poverty by sharpening their knowledge and skills for their own sake, and for the sake of their families through affordable but top-quality education.
- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan
2010, Angeles City
With these words, Mayor Edgardo D. Pamintuan articulated one of the terms of his covenant with Angelenos; to bring back the honor and dignity of Angeles City it once enjoyed, a primus inter pares among local governments in Central Luzon, and a city respected nationally for its cultural diversity, historical heritage and creative people
In favorable proximity to the Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City and its burgeoning young population should have been the primary source of skilled and able workers for the locators and investors inside the economic hub. Sadly, many were held back by the lack of adequate training that only the more privilege could afford. A former human rights lawyer, Mayor Pamintuan decried this inequality, and within unwavering determination he certified as urgent the ordinance creating the City College of Angeles.
It was a happy happenstance, Mayor Pamintuans son and namesake Edgardo Jr. was appointed in the city legislature as Chairman of the Committee on Education. The young Edu shepherded the ordinance with finesse so rarely seen in a neophyte city councilor. With the support of his fellow members of the City Council headed by Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting, Maricel Morales, Alex Indiongco, Jericho Aguas, Will Rivera, Dan Lacson, Pogs Suller, Jay Sangil, Alfie Bonifacio, Bryan Nepomuceno, Jojo Dimapilis, JC Pamintuan, Ordinance 294 (s.2011) was finally approved.
Even then, the journey towards the realization of the community academe was delicate and tortuous. Many constraints had to be hurdled, but with resolute priorities in place, the partnership between the Mayor and the Sangguniang Panlungsod overcame every barrier, and the vision became more tangible with each passing day. On January 2004, 2012, Mayor Pamintuan and Vice-Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting led the Sangguniang Panlungsod in the blessing of the college grounds and the symbolic laying of the ceremonial time capsule at Barangay Cutcut even as construction was in full swing. Once fully completed, the 320 million college building will be able to accommodate 4,000 students.
It was June 5, 2012, when the City College of Angeles opened its doors and welcomed its first enrolled students who took the first steps toward a better future for themselves and their families. Responsive to market demands, the initial diploma and certificate courses will be attuned to the immediate needs of Clark Freeport Zone and other employers in the city, thus assuring a better chance at employment. More importantly, as productive members of the community, their sense of dignity is reinforced.
In a city boasting scores of universities, colleges, training centers, and other higher academic institutions, Angelenos know quite well how valuable a diploma is to the future of their youth. The City College of Angeles will now stand tall among them, a molder of minds and muscle, and a testament to the will of many that never shall the poor be deprived of quality education. Rather, with persistence and diligence, they may one day achieve total human development.