Capas will soon become the next component city in the province in Tarlac. On February 03, 2020, the Sangguniang Bayan of Capas, Tarlac endorsed to Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Tarlac the conversion of the Municipality of Capas into a component city of the Province of Tarlac under Municipal Resolution No. 017-2020.

Sangguniang Bayan ng Capas cited various socio-economic factors and statistics, the LGU’s compliance with documentary requirements and such other justifications that would qualify the conversion of the municipality of Capas into a component city of the Province of Tarlac as per compliance with Section 450 of the Local Government Code of 1991:

  1. Certification from the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) dated January 8, 2020 certifying that the average annual income (AAI) of the Municipality of Capas based on its annual income derived from locally sourced income is Php 57,182,000.00 using 2000 constant prices.
  2. Certification from the Municipal Treasurer of Capas, Tarlac certifying the annual income of the Municipality of Capas from Local Revenue Sources are as follows:
    • a. Php 107,424,430.98 – 2017
    • b. Php 121,727,025.23 – 2018
    • c. Php 151,466,681.58 – 2019
  3. Certification from the Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources showing that the land area of Capas is 37,423,2006 hectares.
  4. Political boundary map of Capas Cadastre CAD 615-D showing an area of 37,760,2006 hectares.
  5. Certification from the Municipal Assessor of Capas as to the disposable and alienable public lands available in the Municipality of Capas sufficient to meet its growing population and the following purposes:
    • A total land area of 10,116 square meters located in Barangay Cristo Rey, Capas, Tarlac is allocated for the establishment of a market, with an existing public market in Cubcub;
    • An accumulated area of 46,204 square meters located in Barangay Sto. Rosario, Capas, Tarlac is allocated for the establishment of the Capas Plazuela
    • A total land area of 60,000 square meters (6 hectares) is allocated for the establishment of a public cemetery, with existing 5 public cemeteries located in Barangays Sta. Juliana, O’Donnel, Sta LUcia, Cristo Rey and Sto. Rosario and 7 private cemeteries.
  6. Certification from the Municipal Assessor certifying that an area of 37, 517 square meters is an available disposable and alienable public land for the establishment of school located at Barangay Cristo Rey.
  7. Certification from the Executive Assistant for Education of the Office of the Municipal Mayor certifying that a total land area of 37,517 square meters (3.7 hectares) is occupied by 34 existing public elementary schools, 9 public high schools and 20 private schools.
  8. Certification from the Philippine National Statistics Authority that based on its 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN), the total population of the Municipality of Capas is 140,202 persons.
  9. Certification from the Local Civil Registry of Capas on the population of the Municipality of Capas as of December 2019.
  10. Certification from the Philippine Statistics Authority that based on its 2018 list of establishments as of June 28, 2019, there are 1,221 establishments in the Municipality of Capas.
  11. Certification from the Business Permit and LIcensing Office of the Municipality of Capas outlining the kind, type and number of business establishments in Capas, Tarlac.
  12. Copies of the Certificate of Public Convenience, Water Permits and Souce of Potable Water of O’Donnel Resettlement Waterworks Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ORWAMCO).
  13. Certification from the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Capas certifying that the Municipality of Capas utilizes the sanitary landfill of the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation in Sitio Kalangitan, Barangay Cut-Cut 2nd and the corresponding certification from Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation that the Municipality of Capas is disposing its municipal waste at its said sanitary landfill.

The Sangguniang Bayan of Capas highlighted its justifications for conversion of Capas into a component city with the following reasons:

a. From a 4th class Municipality in the year 1995, to a 2nd class Municipality in the year 1997, to a 1st class Municipality in the year 2001 continously up to the present, the Municipality of Capas has consistently experienced rapid economic growth, progress and development brought about by its strategic proximity to the center of growth corridor of Central Luzon;

b. The Municipality of Capas is one of the more progressive municipalities in the Province of Tarlac with a constant population growth, a steadily increasing local sourced revenues and booming business activities. For the past 5 years, Capas is perceived to be posting the highest annual budget among the municipalities in the Province of Tarlac next only to Tarlac City, the provincial capital and only component city in Tarlac Province;

c. As a flourishing progressive community with sustainable economic growth strategically located as a commercial destination, and a reliable demographic structure, the Municipality of Capas is home to several well-established business establishments, residential subdivisions, universal commercial banks, hospital and medical centers, an annext campus of the Tarlac State University , a private college, several public and private secondary schools , as well as host to several military camps of the Philippine Army (Armed Forces of the Philippines Officer Candidate School, the Mechanized Division and the Light Armor Brigade of the Philippine Army, and the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) all at Camp O’Donnell) and the Philippine Air Force (Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base formerly known as the Crow Valley Gunnery Range);

d. Territorially located in the Municipality of Capas within the Clark Special Economic Zone, the New Clark City (previously known as Clark Green City), is a planned metropolis which is designed to become a major economic hub and national government center. Currently, sports facilities are already standing within the New Clark City Sports Hub or the New Clark City Sports Complex which were used during the recent 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG), while the construction of the National Government Administrative Center has already been completed. Recognizing the prospective development of this area, Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian sponsored Senate Bill No. 876 which envisions a transfer of the seat of the national government to New Clark City.

e. The on-going infrastructure projects in the vicinity of Capas as an adjunct to the development of the New Clark City including the construction of road networks connecting New Clark City to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the Capas-Botolan Road makes the Municipality of Capas a point of convergence of transportation, trade and tourism , conveniently accessible in all fronts from north to south and from east to west;

f. The Municipality of Capas is becoming known as the Tourism capital of Tarlac. Every ninth of April each year, Capas is being cited in national news as it hosts one of the major venues in the celebration of the Araw ng Kagitingan for the wreath-laying ceremony at the Capas National Shrine, a monument built as a memorial to Filipino and American soldiers who died at Camp O’Donnell at the end of the infamous Bataan Death March during the Second World War. Then with its scenic topography leading to the world-famous crate of Mount Pinatubo which could be reached through trekking, Capas has been dubbed as the Gateway to Pinatubo. These two tourist destinations alone have enticed local and international tourists in the municipality of Capas.

g. That with all the above factual and legal bases , the development of Capas, if converted into a component city, will accelerate, complementing the rise of the New Clark City, which at full development , will be home to companies, universities, government and private offices, retail outlets, condominiums and residential parks , accomodating 1.12 million residents and 800,000 workers that will contribute a gross output of approximately 1.57 trillion per year to the national economy, all of which facts factor in as exemption from the right application of RA No. 9009

On September 16, 2020, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Tarlac passed board resolution no. 195-2020: A resolution favorably/ strongly endorsing to the congress of the Philippines, the conversion of the Municipality of Capas, Tarlac into a component city of the Province of Tarlac. A copy of the said resolution was forwarded to the Honorable Representatives of the Province of Tarlac – Congressman Carlos O. Cojuangco, First District; Congressman Victor A. Yap, Second District and Congressman Noel L. Villanueva, Third District for information and appropriate action.

Souce: Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution # 195-2020