BY: Throy Catan
He is called “Ambulance of the Masses”. The Vice Mayor of Baliuag, Bulacan, Christopher CRIS F. Clemente is known for his fast action and he personally brings people who need medical attention ASAP to different government hospitals that’s why he obtained the pseudonym Ambulance of the Masses.
He belongs to NUP or National Unity Party (headed by Ronaldo Puno). Obviously, he is so loved by the Baliuagenos, by the masses. He prioritizes service above all. Since he grew up poor, he understands the masses’ plight. He pledged that he will never neglect the people, they will be together in the success of their fight ( fight for freedom, for peace, for justice and just life).
Working hand and hand with her independent, able , generous , admirable theoretical and dedicated daughter Charm, they successfully created and carried out programs to people in Baliuag. When it comes to service, Vice Mayor Cris gave too much of his time and himself to it.
His daughter Charm said, “Since my childhood, I saw and witnessed how devoted my father is. His dedication to service and the people, he inspires me so much. When I became the SK Chairman of our Barangay which is far from town, he helped and assisted me in my projects like building a covered court, putting street lights to help keep the safety of everyone. We gave school supplies to a lot of students.
Some of the programs the Vice Mayor and his daughter created and delivered to the people of Baliuag were ; Financial support, from hospital to other medical bills, burial, medicine, dogbites, etc; The VM has a People’s Day , devoting and giving his time from 7:30 to 9 AM every M-W-F for the people to meet and talk with him at his office in Villa Isabel Townhouse ; bringing people who needs medical attention or emergencies himself to different government hospitals like PGH, San Lazaro and Philippine Heart Center; free use of chairs, tables and tents for weddings, vigil , funeral wakes and other events ; providing free medicines for the poor from her daughters’ Free Pharmacy Project.
And during Covid-19 crisis, the Vice Mayor’s office gave free vitamins to children; gave relief during lockdown through Task Force Covid-19 Relief Operation; giveaway PPEs to 7 towns of Bustos, Balagtas, Baliuag, Bocaue, Pandi, Plaridel and Guiguinto in District 2 for Protecting Oneself, Protecting Others, Too; Delivering Good Health To The Barangay , this is free meal to beat malnutrition and free Vitamin C, through HANDOG NG KUSINA (From The Kitchen) Ni Ate Charm; Then there’s OPLAN ECQ, Care though free meal to all checkpoints of every town of District 2.
Aside from creating and giving jobs to people through his own businesses like I.F. Clemente Construction Company, CF Clemente or CC Transportation business.
Vice Mayor Cris Clemente became the second in command in Baliuag in 2013. And Baliuag is auspicious having Christopher F. Clemente as their vice mayor.
The town is known for their Buntal Hat and Bags; Bakeries (Native Pandesal, Ensaymada, Spanish Bread) ; Native Delicacies (Chicharon, Puto, Pastillas de Leche); Lechon Manok (famous for their Baliwag Lechon Manok).
When Clemente moves, its fast ! He takes care of those who needed help and prioritizes the needy. Vice Mayor Cris always works for the growth of the society and values his citizens more than anything else. The Ämbulance of the masses” believes that responsibility is one of the most important leadership qualities he has, aside from being honest and sincere and accountable for his own decisions and actions.