LINGAYEN---Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. signed Provincial Ordinance No. 143-2010, declaring and citing April 5, 1580 as the official founding day of Pangasinan, during the Provincial Board’s regular session last February 15.
After almost a year of painstaking study and research, the Research and Study Committee recommended the declaration of April 5, 1580 as the official founding day of the province to commemorate two historic events in the province’s history: April 5 to celebrate the day Pangasinan became an encomienda and 1580 to mark the year it became a province.
It can be recalled that in order to establish the day that all Pangasineses can consider as Pangasinan Day based on solid historical records, Governor Espino issued Executive Order No. 24-2009, creating the committee composed of historians, researches, members of the academe and media, representatives of different historical associations and government departments of the province, tasked to establish the chartering of Pangasinan.
Said ordinance expressed that the identification of the founding day or the beginning of existence of every local government unit is an important undertaking in the enrichment of its cultural and historical heritage.
It also cited that the determination of the founding day or anniversary of the province has long been the dream of Pangasinan leaders, historians, researchers, academicians, educators and other sectors of the society.
Lawyer Gonzalo T. Duque, Chairman of the committee, said that “irrespective of political affiliation, we are now united with the thought that we now know the real ‘Agew na Pangasinan” even as he thanked the governor for trusting with full confidence the committee.
Duque, who was also handpicked by the governor to head the taskforce for the celebration of the province’s 430th anniversary, said that we will try our best to make maiden celebration very successful.
“I am the happiest guy today because it is in my term as governor that this historical event took place,” Governor Espino said as he likened the event to finding the long-lost birth or baptismal certificate of a person.
Meanwhile, Vice Governor Marlyn Primicias-Agabas said that it’s a great honor and privilege on the part of the 6th Sangguniang Panlalawigan to be part in the passing of the historical and memorable ordinance.
“Kumpleto na po ang pagkatao ng ating lalawigan kasi alam na natin kung kailan sya ipinanganak,” she said.
6th District Board Member and Committee Vice-Chairman Alfonso Bince said that it is the first time that a leader of the province had the courage and the vision to come up with the founding day of the province even as he said that it will be part of history and will be written in history books.
The Provincial Board presented a parchment of the approved ordinance to the Governor as members of the Research and Study Committee stood witness to the occasion. (PIO/Rafael Manuel)