Monday, September 13, 2010

Pangasinan leaders ink pact to clean all rivers in the Province

Pangasinan leaders ink pact to clean all rivers in the Province

LINGAYEN--- Regional, provincial and municipal leaders led by Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. signed a covenant for a provincewide joint clean-up drive of rivers and waterways at the Sison Auditorium here last August 24.

“We are talking here today on how to preserve and protect our rivers, mountains and the sea. Unahin na sana natin ang ating kalikasan bago natin pag-usapan ang mga ibang bagay,” the Governor said in his speech.

Gov. Espino said that the project is a continuance of his efforts to care for the province’s water resources, launched as “Save the Lingayen Gulf Movement” during his stint as Police Provincial Director here.

“Dapat naman sana na may makita yung mga anak ng mga anak natin at ang mga susunod pang henerasyon na nakita natin noong tayo’y mga bata pa,” Gov. Espino added.

The Governor also lamented the fact that implementation of laws and regulations on caring for nature is problematic. However, he said, even without these laws, common sense and conscience dictate that our problems on environment shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

Gov. Espino said that everybody are stakeholders when it comes to our environment stressing that not only big people who have capital should benefit from our rivers.

“Hindi lamang po ang may Kapital na naglalagay ng fishpen o fish cages ang dapat makinabang sa ating mga ilog. Ang ating kapatagan, bundok, dalampasigan at kailugan ay pag-aari nating lahat, kaya lahat dapat makinabang,” he said.

DENR Regional Executive Director Samuel Penafiel said he is impressed about the progress of the clean-up drive that was started by the Governor. The most important thing, he said, is political will which he believes the current provincial leadership has.

The dismantling of illegal structures along the rivers, Penafiel said, is part of the adaptation and preparation everyone should do to mitigate the effects of climate change to avoid further disasters. He expressed dismay over this business where a few people are earning a living but thousands of people are affected.

Mayor Benjie Lim of Dagupan City said this project of the Provincial Government is both timely and urgent, and the presence of all officials at the signing ceremony is a recognition that everyone can no longer ignore what is happening around us.

“It is an honor and privilege to be a part of this noble project of the provincial government as it will spur synergy and cooperation of the province’s towns and cities to take a stand against the degradation of our rivers and tributaries. Alam ko si Gov. Espino kapag nagpa-project, he means business,” Lim expressed.

Before the signing, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) Executive Director Paterno Orduña presented to the audience the status and development of the on-going dismantling and dredging operations of Task Force Kalikasan along the Agno River.

He presented the transformation of the rivers after the dismantling and dredging operations have been done in the following barangays: Poblacion, Naguilayan, Manat, Salapingao and Caloocan Dupo in Binmaley; Poblacion in Lingayen; and Balococ-Bañaga in Lingayen-Bugallon.

He also expounded on the environmental advocacy of Gov. Espino, as well as the long term initiatives of the provincial government for flood mitigation.

The Covenant partly states that parties to the signing “…are aware of the harmful environmental impact brought about by the indiscriminate and irresponsible logging, quarrying, disposal of garbage, establishment of man-made structures and other human activities that adversely affect the rivers and other bodies of water and recognizes the need to repair and revitalize the ecosystem by cleaning the rivers and waterways.”

Gov. Espino, during the press conference, urged the media to actively participate in this endeavor as they have the capacity to appeal to the conscience of the people and convince political leaders to implement the laws and regulations on caring for the environment.

Present during the covenant signing were board members Danny Uy, Jaming Libunao, Von Mark Mendoza, Raul Sison and Amadeo Espino.

The following mayors also attended the signing: Noel Nakar of Dasol, Ruperto Martinez of Infanta, Carlitos Reyes of Mabini, John Rodney Arcinue of Sual, Jose Pajeta, Jr. of Agno, Alfonso Celeste of Bolinao, Eduardo Ballesteros of Aguilar, Lorenzo Cerezo of Binmaley, Rodrigo Orduña of Bugallon, Ricardo Camacho of Labrador, Jonas Catañeda of Lingayen, Mark Roy Macanlalay of Calasiao, Maximo Calimlim, Jr. of Mapandan, Napoleon Sales of Manaoag, Herminio Romero of Mangaldan, Irene Libunao of San Fabian, Roberto de Vera of San Jacinto, Manuel Collado of Alcala, Amado Espino III of Bautista, Silverio Alarcio, Jr. of Laoac, Artemio Chan of Pozorrubio, Mina Joy Pangasinan of Sison, Amadeo Perez IV of Urdaneta City, Libradita Abrenica of Villasis, Heidee Chua of Asingan, Philipp Peralta of Balungao, Alain Jerico Perez of San Manuel and Teodoro Ramos of Sta. Maria. Vice Mayors Napoleon Celeste of Anda and Timoteo Villar III of Santo Tomas also represented their towns.(PIO/Rafael Manuel III)

Gov. Espino calls for united action to preserve Pangasinan rivers and waterways

Gov. Espino calls for united action to preserve Pangasinan rivers and waterways. Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. (left) underscores the importance of concerted actions among various stakeholders in the preservation and conservation of the natural resources during the covenant signing for the provincewide joint clean-up drive of rivers and waterways. The province has recently started the dismantling of illegal structures and dredging operations along the rivers in Binmaley, Lingayen and Bugallon. Also in photo are (from right): DPWH Asst. Reg’l. Dir. Edilberto Carabacan, Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin Lim, Vice-Gov. Ferdinand Calimlim, DENR Reg’l. Exec. Dir. Samuel Penafiel, Board Members Von Mark Mendoza and Amadeo T. Espino. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

Pact signing draws synergy and commitment to protect the rivers and waterways

Pact signing draws synergy and commitment to protect the rivers and waterways. Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. leads the Pangasinan mayors, regional officers, provincial government officials and employees and various stakeholders in the covenant signing of the provincewide joint clean-up drive of rivers and waterways. The pact signifies the signatories’ commitment to support the provincial government’s program on sustainable protection and management of rivers, water resources and solid waste. (Photo by Wesley Fernandez)

Gov. Espino and delegates arrive from Agri training in South Korea

LINGAYEN--- Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. together with officials from the Department of Agriculture (DA), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) and other Rice Processing Complex (RPC) personnel arrived last week from South Korea after undergoing a week-long training and orientation from Korean technology experts for the establishment of the Modern Integrated Rice Processing and Milling Complex in the province.

The training seminar is part of the Korean government’s program grant to train and provide technical know-how to personnel who will operate the RPC being constructed in Sta. Barbara through the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

The Philippine delegation received lectures and participated in discussions on Post Harvest Technology of Rice, Domestic Distribution and Market Tour, Rice Research and Development and Rice Policy, Ways of Increasing Production Yield and Keeping Rice Quality.

The training and orientation also included study visits and field trips to RPC equipment and laboratory, a visit to Shin Heung Steel Corporation, Cheongju Early Printing Museum tour, environmentally-friendly agriculture tour, Cheonwon Oksan RPC, Anseong RPC and Korean Folk Village tour.

Nestor Batalla, supervising agriculturist of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist who was part of the provincial team, said the training and seminar gave them various insights on how to manage and operate the RPC and personally saw the latest Korean technologies.

As this developed, Gov. Espino said the provincial government and DA who will operate the rice processing facility are now gearing up for its near completion as plans for the operational management of the RPC are now being undertaken.

The RPC which is expected to complete construction in November this year was established through a P160-million grant from KOICA. OPAG said that at present, 70 percent of the civil and structural works of the complex has been completed.

Equipped with efficient and affordable drying, milling and processing facilities, the rice processing complex is expected to boost Pangasinan’s agriculture, increase farmers’ income and improve their living conditions, reduce post harvest losses and produce high quality milled rice.

The state-of-the-art facility will also provide modernized rice production facilities, enhance the international competitiveness of rice produce in the Philippines and strengthen the relationship and cooperation between the governments of the Philippines and Korea.

Pangasinan is among the four provinces chosen by the Korean government for the RPC grant. Other provinces benefitting from the program are the provinces of Iloilo, Bohol and Davao del Sur. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)

Gov. Espino leads Pangasinan delegation to agri training in Korea

Gov. Espino leads Pangasinan delegation to agri training in Korea. A Korean technology expert (right of top photo) tours Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. (left of top photo) inside the Modern Integrated Rice Processing Complex (RPC) during the weeklong agricultural training and orientation in Seoul, South Korea last August 8-14. A similar state-of-the-art facility is now being built at the provincial nursery in Brgy. Tebag, Sta. Barbara through a P160-million grant from Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Lower photo shows a study visit to an eco-friendly agriculture farm as part of KOICA’s program to transfer Korean development know-how and strategies to its local partners in rural development. With the Governor is Exec. Asst. Ramon M. Morden (left of right photo) and other delegates from Ilo-ilo, Bohol and Davao del Sur. (PGO photo)

German groups train prov’l gov’t employees on Health Monitoring System

German groups train prov’l gov’t employees
on Health Monitoring System

LINGAYEN---Representatives from 28 government offices including the 14 provincial hospitals in Pangasinan participated in a three-day training on Strengthening the Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) System of the Province last August 11-13 at the Malong Conference Room here.

The training was conducted by the Health Sector Policy Support Program (HSPSP) through technical assistance from the European Commission and German Technical Corporation to strengthen monitoring and evaluation functions of the local government units.

The M & E System is a system which will keep track of program expenditure, evaluate performance in comparison with the funds authorized for the purpose and provide timely and quality input and report to management that may be used for future planning, programming and budgeting.

Benita M. Pizarro, chief of Provincial Planning and Development and chairman of the Provincial Project Monitoring Committee, said tracking of project implementation with respect to physical and financial status through the M & E System is very important as problems can be addressed easily if ever problems arise.

She added that the training aimed to introduce to participants several tools to evaluate the overall performance regarding the prescribed performance indicators.

It also seeks to identify facilitating and/or hindering factors and take note of mitigating measures undertaken during various stages of program/project management.

Through the system she said project specifications will be met because they are being monitored and evaluated.

Orlando Garcia, Local Government Unit Public Financial Management Assistant, said other objectives of the training are to assess budget operation in budget accountability and introduce organizational performance improvement framework for monitoring and evaluation.

The EC Technical Group includes Ren Hellrup, Michael Palmbach, Ernesto Reyes and Orlando Garcia.(PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)

Sen. Zubiri amazed by the grandeur of the Capitol, Sison Auditorium and Capitol Resort Hotel

Sen. Zubiri amazed by the grandeur of the Capitol, Sison Auditorium and Capitol Resort Hotel

LINGAYEN--- Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri has nothing but praises for the entire Capitol Complex during his visit here last August 13.

Senator Zubiri, or “Migz as he is fondly called, came to town last Friday for the ceremonial distribution of Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) to the province’s mayors for various infrastructure projects sourced from his pork barrel.

During his courtesy call on Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. represented by Acting Governor Ferdie Calimlim, the Senator was greatly impressed with the offices and work stations inside the Capitol Building. He said the Provincial Government did a great job by combining old structures and intricate woodworks, which according to him, is comparable to Great Britain’s Parliament House.

Gov. Espino was on an official business trip to South Korea during Sen. Zubiri’s visit at the Capitol.
On his tour to the Sison Auditorium, Sen. Zubiri was once again amazed by its marvelous interior design and commented that it is better than the Batasang Pambansa or the Senate Building. He particularly took notice of the clean and beautiful restrooms of the building which he said are better than the senators’ offices.

Senator Zubiri said his visit to Pangasinan was long overdue because of the good things he heard about the province but in doing so, he said he wanted that he has something to give with the local officials and the people.

The beauty and grandeur of the Capitol, he said, is something that inspires him that once he gets back to the Senate, to deliver a privilege speech on how to improve the looks of the Philippine Senate.

“How I wish the Senate can have a home like that,” he stressed as he said that the people of Pangasinan should be proud of these beautiful edifices that the Governor and the provincial officials have given them. He also said the cleanliness of the entire complex is something noticeable.

He also said that he wants to stay in the beautiful provincial hotel, the Capitol Resort and Hotel where they had lunch, when he returns for the inauguration of his various projects in the province.

Describing the province as a producer of presidents, senators and distinguished public servants, the Senator also said that Pangasinan is close to his heart because he is a devotee of the Our Lady of Manaoag who has given him miracles in his personal and political struggles. (PIO/Rafael Manuel III)