Monday, August 16, 2010

Pangasinan PPO police bags national award

Pangasinan PPO police bags national award

LINGAYEN---A senior police officer from the Police Provincial Office (PPO) in Pangasinan emerged as one of the winners in the 2010 Metrobank Foundation Search for Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS).

Hermie Soriano Raymundo, Senior Police Officer 2, was chosen as the province’s best in the Police Non-Commissioned Officers Category.

A native and resident of Binmaley, SPO2 Raymundo is currently assigned at the Provincial Investigation and Detective Management Branch of the PPO here.

Raymundo’s COPS award is attributed to his dedication to service and exemplary performance in crime prevention and crime solution. He now joins the elite roster of outstanding policemen of the country honored by Metrobank Foundation, Incorporated, the Rotary Club of New Manila East and PSBank.

Raymundo and the other COPS awardees will receive a trophy and a cash prize of P250, 000 to be conferred at the Malacanang Palace by His Excellency President Benigno Aquino III.
As this developed, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. congratulated Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. and PPO headed by PSSupt. Percival Barba, Provincial Director, for producing a winner from Pangasinan.

Gov. Espino likewise commended Raymundo for his feat even as he stressed that the outstanding policeman’s accomplishments are a big contribution to the sustenance of peace and order in his areas of concern.

COPS is an annual search which pays tribute to outstanding men and women of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who exemplified excellence in solving and preventing crimes.

It is also a tribute to outstanding men and women in uniform for exemplifying integrity as members of the PNP. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)

PDCC braces for Entry of Typhoons

PDCC braces for Entry of Typhoons

Lingayen - - The Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) together with its attached agencies held an emergency meeting to discuss the operational readiness and response capabilities to any calamity that may occur in the province.

Paterno Orduña, PDCC Executive Officer, said the meeting was called upon the request of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., PDCC Chairman, after an official announcement from PAGASA that indicates the possible entry of three tropical cyclones into the Philippine area of responsibility within the month.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the 16 municipalities of Pangasinan considered as critical areas to encourage the mayors to activate their respective Municipal Disaster Coordinating Councils when calamity strikes.

The governor ordered the PDCC and its attached agencies to submit an inventory of their assets, manpower resources and their equipments, and to prepare 10,000 relief packs ready for disposal.

“Ito ang gustong malaman ng ating gobernador yung ating kapabilidad at kung gaano tayo ka-prepare sa mga darating na kalamidad sa ating lalawigan,” Orduña added.

The meeting highlighted the disaster preparedness and mitigation activities of the provincial government under the leadership of Gov. Espino to promote environmental advocacies thru various environmental projects as long-term mitigation measures against the occurrence of disasters.

“Gusto tayong i-brief sa environmental advocacy ni gobernador upang maiwasan natin ang mga disasters,kung hindi man natin maprevent ito, at least may mitigation measures tayo that will help everybody.”

Among these measures are the mangrove tree planting activities along coastal/riverbank areas, coastal clean-up of the Lingayen Gulf, tree planting activities in denuded mountainous areas, massive clean-up and dredging of river systems and environmental awareness campaigns to raise environmental consciousness among the people particularly the youths/students.

Orduña bared that there are 340 evacuation units strategically located throughout the province. (PIO/Darwin Magalong)

Gov. Espino inspects dismantling and dredging operations

Gov. Espino inspects dismantling and dredging operations

“Comparable, if not better, with the Bohol river cruise!”

This was the pronouncement of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., on board a motorized banca, when he personally visited and inspected the on-going dismantling of illegal structures and dredging operations along the tributaries of the Agno River in Barangay Dupo in Binmaley last August 4.

One can only appreciate the beauty of the Agno River, with its tributaries adorned with different species of mangrove, once you see the effects of the on-going clean-up being undertaken by the Provincial Government. Gone were the stinking smell of the illegal fish pens and the bamboo structures that made it almost impossible to navigate the waterways.

The efforts, aimed at desilting the rivers and bring back the natural flow of water, are part of the long-term solutions being undertaken by the Provincial Government, led by the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC), to mitigate the ill-effects of climate change such as flashfloods and riverside erosion.

Also, the activity is part of Governor Espino’s continuing commitment and advocacy to protect and save the environment since he was still a police officer.

“It’s not the response or rescue efforts that are important kundi ang mga solusyon upang mapangalagaan natin ang ating kapaligiran,” PDCC Executive Officer Paterno Orduña stressed.

The massive river clean-up kicked off last July 19 with the Agno River tributaries within the cities of Dagupan and San Carlos and the municipalities of Binmaley and Lingayen as pilot areas.
For this, Task Group “Baklas,” Provincial Task Group “Linis,” PNP Task Group and Task Group “DRAGA” were formed. (PIO/ Rafael Manuel III)
Dredging of silted rivers in Binmaley, ongoing. Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. (right of upper left photo) waves at the machine operators (upper right photo) during his ocular inspection of the ongoing dredging operation and dismantling of illegal structures (lower photo) along the river of Brgy. Dupo in Binmaley. The provincial government recently imported two dredging machines directly from the United States of America to clear the rivers from silt and prevent unnecessary flooding during the onslaught of typhoons. The river rehabilitation project is implemented through the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council headed by Ret. Col. Paterno M. Orduña (left of left photo). (PIO photo by Bob Sison)

Espino vows more aid for public schools

Espino vows more aid for public schools

LINGAYEN--- Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. vowed to extend continuous assistance to the field agencies of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Pangasinan for them to attain their targets on quality education.

The assurance was expressed by the Governor during the question hour of the third regular session of the 7th Sangguniang Panlalawigan where heads of the various schools divisions were invited to enlighten the members of the legislative body on matters involving the needs of the education community.

The governor, however, reminded the education officials of their duties and responsibilities of informing on time the provincial government about the status of funds released to them by the national government, including financial aids secured from other sources, such as the development funds of senators and congressmen.

“We are always ready to help, especially during calamities, but we need to be properly and promptly informed of the necessities,” the governor said, as he pointed out that there are times the provincial government experiences budgetary lack owing to unexpected natural disasters.

“We should be informed as much as possible to know exactly your status, yet you do not even furnish us where budget for the repairs of classrooms were channeled,” he said.
Invited during the question hour were Dr. Viraluz Raguindin, schools division superintendent of Pangasinan II, Dr. Shiela Maria Sison, assistant schools division superintendent of Pangasinan I, City Schools Superintendents Rowena Banzon (San Carlos City) and Maria Celia Fernandez (Urdaneta City) and Wilfredo Sindayen, acting city schools superintendent of Alaminos City.

The province’s most important resource is human resource, the governor stressed, as he called on the school authorities to focus more on approaches aimed at improving the climate of learning in the public school system.

In the same occasion, the Governor urged the school officials to be more circumspect in implementing programs designed to spruce up the learning environment, especially to make available sanitary comfort rooms and drinking water facilities for the school children.

“As much as possible, we should avoid using stones as decorative fences as these could be harmful to the grade schoolers,” the governor said.

The school officials thanked the governor for his commitment of support, citing, among others, the donation by the provincial government of new service vehicles, the repair and construction of school rooms and the continuing assistance to DepEd’s sports development program.

They also sought the SP’s intervention for the review of the localization law, particularly on the provision pertaining to hiring and promotion of teachers.

Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario, acting SP presiding officer and chairman of the Education Committee, called for maximization and utilization of the Special Education Fund (SEF) which, he said, is a trust fund intended for the repair and construction of school buildings and the purchase of learning materials.

He also batted to activate the Local School Board in every municipality and in the province.
He said it is high time for teachers to be aware and vigilant of their right to know how the SEF is used and spent which is a ready fund before thinking of any other sources. (PIO/Rafael Manuel III)

Pangasinan rescue team wins in national competition

Pangasinan rescue team wins in national competition. After displaying readiness, teamwork, efficiency, stamina, professionalism and safe practice (top photo), Team Pangasinan emerged champion (bottom photo) in the Water Rescue Event during the 1st National Rescue and Disaster Response Competition in Legaspi City, Albay from July 26-31. The team thanked Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. for inspiring them to be at their best and for providing them with complete state-of-the art equipments and tools. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

Team Pangasinan wins 1st Nat’l Rescue and Disaster Response Contest

Team Pangasinan wins 1st Nat’l Rescue and
Disaster Response Contest

Legazpi City, Albay - - Team Pangasinan emerged victorious in the first-ever National Rescue and Disaster Response Competition (NRDRC) held last July 26 to 31 here.
Pangasinan was the event champion for Water Rescue scenario and bagged the first runner-up in Collapsed Structure Scenario.

Major Arthur Sawate of Bureau of Fire, member of team Pangasinan said, “Eagerness ang nagpanalo sa amin, yung attitude namin na pag sinimulan ay gusto naming tapusin at ito rin yung nagbibigay ng lakas sa atin.”

Also, the team thanked Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., for his support and for providing them the equipment needed.

“Ito ay naging possible dahil sa suporta ng ating Provincial Government, lalong-lalo na kay Governor Espino kasi po pag wala ang inyong suporta palagay ko ganun din kami sa ibang teams na kulang-kulang ang gamit at saka kulang ng preparation”, Sawate said.

Team Pangasinan was pitted against seven other teams, Saranggani Province; Malaybalay City, Bukidnon; Naga City, Tabaco City, Legazpi City,Rapu-Rapu Polymetallic, Inc. and the 9th Infantry Division of Philippine Army to showcase their skills in tackling different rescue scenarios over three days.

Earlier in the competition, Team Pangasinan impressed other teams due to their complete and state-of-the-art equipment and was expected to be the National Champion.

Team Pangasinan had the chance of winning the competition without giving other teams a fight due to disqualification for not having the proper equipment needed for the competition but Pangasinan chooses to give them a chance, and resume the competition.

Dr. Eloy Bueno, Team captain of Pangasinan said, “We are not here for the money, we are here to learn and sharpen our skills in disaster rescue response.”

“Dalawang linggo yung ginawa naming preparasyon para sa competition na ito, ang Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) ang nagconduct sa amin ng training na ito, sayang naman kung ganun lang na ihihinto natin ang competition,” Sawate said.

Jojo Elvira, Jr., event coordinator of the NRDRC said, Albay was chosen to be the venue because it is always threatened by calamities throughout the year.

“Kaya dito natin gaganapin sa Albay kasi tuwing may bagyo dito maraming namamatay dahil sa baha, gusto naming i-share ang aming knowledge sa disaster response at recue, and at the same time, gusto rin naming matuto sa ibang mga teams na sasali dito sa competition na to,” Elvira added.

The competition promotes the importance of an organized rescue group; its knowledge and application techniques, equipment use and a command system for teams engage in search and rescue operation.

Meanwhile, Last minute changes of scoring system was made by the judges that blocked the Pangasinan Team which was expected to take the overall championship title.

Due to some participants not willing to finish the Rough Terrain scenario, Col. Guillermo Molina, one of the Board of Judges said, “because there were no team to finish the third event, gagawin na lang nating zero ang points ng lahat ng teams sa event na ito at tatanggalin na lang natin ang rough terrain scenario.”

But according to the written guideline given for Rough Terrain scenario Rule #11 –Scoring and Tiebreaking, “failing to complete entire contents of any problem may result in points lost. Scoring will be given only on that part of the problem completed.”

This prompted team Pangasinan to express their dismay prior to the late notification and for nullifying the third scenario, the said changes were announced on the day of awarding.

Major Arthur Sawate said, “with regards doon sa pagpili ng champion, medyo napasama ang loob namin, dahil yung third event biglang zero lahat, samantalang kami ang lamang, hindi lang namin natapos kasi naubusan kami ng oras at saka hindi kami sumuko doon hindi tulad ng ibang mga teams. Tapos ngayon lang nila sasabihin yung biglang pagbabago ng guidelines. Sana kinonsider na lang nila kung sino yung may pinakamaraming stage na natapos sa third event.”

Dr. Bueno cited that coordinators should have foreseen some of the problems that may arise during a competition, especially when they are the host province.

“Dapat bago magsimula ang competition magkaroon sila ng clear guidelines at rules, dapat mayroon silang expectations na gaya ng pag di natapos yung event para alam ng mga participating teams kung ano ang gagawin nila, kung alam lang namin na ganyan pala ang mangyayari hindi na sana kami nagpagod”, Sawate added.

The P300,000 pot money that should be awarded to the overall champion will be divided to the winners for each scenario. P75,000 for the event champion, P50,000 for the first runner-up and 25,000 for the second runner-up.

Still, Team Pangasinan acknowledged the other winners, illustrating sportsmanship and camaraderie, and said, “We learned a lot – from the scenarios and the other teams, and we would like to thank them for that. We will strive to strengthen our weaknesses, and most importantly, we are all one when disaster strikes.” (PIO/Darwin Magalong)

Gov. Espino promotes Pangasinan language

Gov. Espino promotes Pangasinan language. Students and teachers of Pangasinan State University (PSU)-Lingayen are amused with Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr.’s conversational piece, peppered with anecdotes and funny musings spoken in Pangasinan language during the 10th anniversary celebration of Ulupan na Pansiansay Salitan Pangasinan (UPSP) at the PSU Audio-Visual Room last August 4. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

UPSP hails Gov. Espino for promoting Pangasinan language

LINGAYEN--- Members of Ulupan na Pansiansay Salitan Pangasinan (UPSP) hailed Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. as a champion of Pangasinan culture and language during the opening program of their 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Pangasinan State University Audio-Visual Room here last August 4.

In recognition of the Governor’s effort to promote the use of the Pangasinan language, the group passed a resolution and awarded the same to him which makes the governor the honorary president of their group.

Governor Espino, in his speech, opted to converse with the audience impromptu instead of using a prepared message, who in his usual jovial mood, said, will be hardly understood by the multi-racial group. Governor Espino, instead, delivered a conversational piece, peppered with anecdotes and funny musings.

While the capitol, he said, is the face and heart of the province, the Pangasinan language is its soul. That is why he directed the entire provincial government workforce to use Pangasinan as its official language every flag-raising ceremony on Mondays.

The Governor admitted that indeed, Pangasinan is a dying language, and to avoid it going extinct, every Pangasinense should do something about it. For instance, he said, we should use the Pangasinan in all local occasions, instead of Tagalog or English. According to him, every Pangasinense should also practice conversational Pangasinan, or if cannot be avoided, use Tagalog-Pangasinan or English-Pangasinan.

Dir. Jaime Lucas, the founding president of the group who received special citation during the 430th Founding Anniversary of Pangasinan, lauded Governor Espino as the only modern provincial leader who openly endorsed Pangasinan as the official language of the Capitol and the province.

“It’s only this time that I heard a governor endorsing Pangasinan as the official language of the Capitol and the whole province,” he said.
Primarily founded to preserve and promote the use of the Pangasinan language, Lucas said he is thankful that UPSP reached this far and acknowledged everyone’s support, especially of the Governor.

Lucas also shared a data from the Associated Press that every other two weeks, one of the 6,000 languages in the world dies, half of which is expected to be extinct by 2020.
He also lamented the fact that Pangasinan, one of the eight officially recognized languages in the Philippines, is dying. For this, Lucas advocated that parents must never be ashamed to allow, train or ask their children to know the language that we inherited from our ancestors.

Dr. Victoriano Estira, PSU President, on the other hand, called for a stronger “Ulupan” which he said should reflect the culture, hopes and aspirations of every Pangasinense as he pledged his support to the group.

Mayor Jonas Castañeda of Lingayen, meanwhile, said it is an honor and privilege for him to speak before the group and informed them that it is the Provincial Government and his town’s push to preserve and promote the use of Pangasinan.

UPSP has lined up various activities for their 10th Anniversary Celebration. These are: exhibit of books and magazines, film showing of Anacbanua, an award winning Pangasinan film, lecture series, creative writing workshop and the conferment of the Galang ya Pablo Mejia, the highest literary prize on Pangasinan literature. (PIO/Rafael Manuel III)

Pangasinan team rules in athletics

Pangasinan team rules in athletics. Pangasinan team snatches the number one slot in various games in athletics during the 13th Milo Little Olympics last July 30 to August 1 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen. The team also bagged the top post in volleyball, sipa, lawn tennis, table tennis and chess. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

Pangasinan grabs No. 1 post in athletics in 13th MILO Little Olympics

LINGAYEN---Despite being third in the elementary division and seventh in the secondary overall ranking, Pangasinan athletes became a potent force in the field of athletics in the just concluded 13th Milo Olympic last August 1 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center here.

After three days of action, Pangasinan team came up with a strong finish grabbing the number 1 post in various games in athletics like 100-meter run, 110- meter hurdles, 4x100- meter relay, 4x400- meter relay long jump, high jump shot-put, and discuss throw. The team also bagged the top post in volleyball, sipa, lawn tennis, table tennis and chess.

Telbang Elementary School of Alaminos City emerged the best in athletics after garnering first place in both elementary boys and girls division while Alaminos National High School and Telbang National High School wrapped the second slots in the secondary boys and secondary girls division, respectively.

Homegrown table tennis athletes also earned honors for the province after Clark Educational Center in San Carlos City and Bani West Central School captured the top slots for the elementary boys and girls divisions with Binmaley School of Fisheries topping the secondary boys division. Labrador National High School placed third in the secondary girls division.

Other participating institutions in Pangasinan that emerged victorious in the different sports events were Cabuyao Elementary School (Bolinao) and Pangapisan Elementary School (Lingayen) for volleyball boys and girls; Alos Elementary School (Alaminos) for elementary boys in sipa; San Carlos College (secondary boys division for chess); and Mother Goose Special School (Dagupan City) for lawn tennis elementary girls division.

Milo Olympics is the country’s biggest inter-school junior sports competition which gathered athletes from Regions 1,2,3 and the Cordillera Autonomous Region including participants from international schools and other schools in Bulacan. A total of 83 schools throughout the province participated in the said competition.

Meanwhile, Modesto Operaña, Sports Consultant of the provincial government, earlier said on behalf of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. that sports and youth development is one of the priority thrusts of the present administration that is aimed to transform the young generation into well-rounded and sports oriented individuals.

Tess Bernardino, Milo Sports Organizer, on the other hand, thanked Governor Espino for his untiring support on the said event which she dubbed, “an avenue for strengthening ties among the competing teams.” (PIO/Chona C. Bugayong)

Bishop-Emeritus of Alaminos visits Gov. Espino

Bishop-Emeritus of Alaminos visits Gov. Espino. Most Rev. Jesus A. Cabrera, D.D. (left), Bishop-Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Alaminos City, presents a rosary to Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. (right) during his courtesy call last August 3 at the Governor’s Office in Capitol Building. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

After getting treatment at PPH’s Dialysis Center, Patient does not want to go back to private hospital

After getting treatment at PPH’s Dialysis Center
Patient does not want to go back to private hospital

LINGAYEN --- Sergio Saura, a 46 year old renal patient of the Mayor Julian Resuello Dialysis Center of the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital in San Carlos City has expressed deep gratitude to Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. and Mayor Julier Resuello of San Carlos City for their initiative in putting up a dialysis center in Pangasinan.

Saura, who made the statement during the 1st year anniversary of the Dialysis Center last July 28 in Bolingit, San Carlos City said the center is one of the modern centers he had ever known of.
Full with good words and praises, he said that the center applies modern techniques and procedures for the treatment of patients which are the same with those used in the United States and Europe although the techniques are not yet in the Philippines.

The dialysis center Saura said has an automated machine, a machine that cleans the dialyzers for reuse which is not manual like in other clinics even as he lauded the highly trained nursing and biomed staff who according to him, are hardworking, dedicated and diligent with their work.

Saura is a doctor by profession from Mangatarem town who was diagnosed to have chronic renal failure secondary to diabetes mellitus. He started having dialysis treatment in 2007 until the dialysis center in San Carlos City opened. He was invited to dialyze at the center, but he said that, at first, he did not want to be treated at the provincial hospital in Bolingit because of its poor and deteriorating condition.

When he tried having treatment at the dialysis center in San Carlos City because the clinic where he used to go had become inaccessible due to typhoon Pepeng last year, all his negative impressions against the provincial government facility had been changed. Since he started having treatment here, he did not want to go back anymore to the private hospital where he used to have his dialysis treatment.

Meanwhile, Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has called for the continuous support of all the doctors, nurses, midwives and other hospital staff especially to those who have been sacrificing to give service at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital and the Dialysis Center in San Carlos City.
Gov. Espino said he was happy and proud that in the entire Philippines, it is only the province of Pangasinan that has this kind of facility.

The Governor likewise expressed gratitude to Mayor Julier Resuello and the city government of San Carlos which provided a P15-million fund for the construction of the center.
Gov. Espino said “it is a dream fulfilled for indigents who cannot afford the high cost of renal treatment.”

It will be recalled that the establishment of the first-ever dialysis center started through the Bridge of Life DaVita Medical Mission whose advocacy was to promote and provide quality health care in third world countries.

While DaVita Corporation based in Los Angeles, California, through its Bridge of Life Foundation donated the brand new dialysis machines and a water treatment plant for the center, provided the funds for the building construction.

DaVita also provided technical assistance and a steady supply of free medicines in the center’s first six months of operation.

Dr. Jackson Soriano, PPH Chief of Hospital said the dialysis center started operations last year with only five patients. At present, the number of patients has increased to 95.

After a year of operation, the center still provides good quality care and service where the patients are given utmost care and importance.(PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)

Dialysis patient commends the world class facilities and treatment procedure of Dialysis Center in PPH

Dialysis patient commends the world class facilities and treatment procedure of Dialysis Center in PPH. Sergio Saura (seated), a regular dialysis patient and a doctor by profession, lauds Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. (standing) for the establishment of Mayor Julian V. Resuello Dialysis Center during its 1st year anniversary celebration at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) compound in Brgy. Bolingit, San Carlos City. He said that the dialysis center employs a “medical procedure that is now in use in the US and Europe but not yet in the Philippines.” He also commends the nursing and biomed staff highly trained by DaVita, the biggest dialysis provider in the United States. Joining the Governor is Dr. Jackson D. Soriano (partly hidden), head of PPH. (PIO Photo)

Pangasinan Tour Guides join Nat’l Confab on Tour Guiding

Pangasinan Tour Guides join Nat’l Confab on Tour Guiding

LINGAYEN --- Fifteen provincial tour guides represented the province of Pangasinan in the first-ever National Tour Guides Convention held in Tagbilaran City, Bohol last July 23-24 with the theme “Tour Guides 2010: Bridging the Gap.”

Considered as their first out-of-town Lakbay-Aral Tour, the Pangasinan tour guides expressed deep gratitude to Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. for giving them an opportunity to join with the professional tour guides in the country.

The organization of Pangasinan Tour Guides was an initiative of Gov. Espino during his first term to promote the province of Pangasinan as tourist destination, in both local and foreign tourists, as it already lagged behind from the country’s tourism map despite of its famous tourist spots.

Tourism Operations Division Chief Malou Elduayan said the conference served as an opportunity for active Pangasinan tour guides to become more productive in their tour guiding aside from their work on their respective offices.

Last year, the province thru its provincial tourism office had trained more than 30 provincial employees on tour guiding. Of that number, 15 have been active in tour guiding services and 10 of them have been accredited by the Department of Tourism.

From then on, the Pangasinan tour guides become the frontliners in promoting the various tourism destinations of the province including the Provincial Capitol building and Sison Auditorium now called as the “cultural center of the North.”

More than 500,000 local visitors have already been toured around the Capitol complex since September 2008 to June 2010 that made Pangasinan as second province with the highest number of tourists’ arrivals, both foreign and local, in Region 1.

The convention, initiated by the Department of Tourism thru the Bohol Island Tour Guides Association of the Philippines aimed to strengthen the bonds of tour guides all over the country who serve as the key players of the tourism industry in the Philippines.

The two-day convention was attended by veterans and professional tour guides including the beginners in tour guiding profession from different provinces in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Newly-installed Tourism Secretary Alberto Aldaba Lim, in his speech, encouraged the tour guides whom he called as “tourism players” to continue to love their profession as “you are the soul of our country.”

He said his office is bent to come up with a new tourism vision under the new Tourism Act of 2010 which would give more importance to the tour guiding profession.

As this developed, Bohol Governor Edgar M. Chatto, a former Representative of the 2nd District in Bohol who initiated R.A. 9593 otherwise known as Tourism Act of 2009 has challenged the tour guides from all over the country to work not as “competitors” in order to raise the standard of tour guiding in the country.

“Let us complement each other to maintain the dignity of your tour guiding profession in order to boost the country’s tourism industry which is an engine of investment, employment, growth and national development,” he stressed.

During the plenary session, various topics have been tackled which include the Ethics of Tour Guiding, Tour Guiding under the new Tourism Act, the Tourism Industry Landscape amidst Climate Change, and Impact of Cultural Differences in the Tour Guiding Industry.

Likewise, a workshop had been conducted by selected tour guides from different regions to formulate the Professional Tour Guides’ Code of Ethics and Promoting the Professional Tour Guides’ Welfare.

After the convention, the participants have visited the Bohol’s tourist spots which include the famous Chocolate Hills, Panglao Island, Tarsier Sanctuary, Baclayon and Dauis churches, man-made forest, Bee Farm Garden among others. (Merly R. Tibalao/PIO)

Gov. Espino distributes P2.7M loan assistance to various groups

Project has 100% repayment scheme
Gov. Espino distributes P2.7M loan assistance to various groups

LINGAYEN--Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. distributed anew some P2.7-million worth of checks to the various livelihood associations in Pangasinan under the province’s livelihood loan assistance program.

The recent distribution benefitted twenty-three associations from the various parts of the province who received the assistance as loan renewals.

Gov. Espino said that as of July, some P12.7-million worth of livelihood assistance has already been granted to different women’s associations.

He also noted that the recipients have been responsible borrowers as they have fully met the 100% repayment scheme.

Gov. Espino said the program, implemented through the Provincial Population Office, is one of his administration’s thrusts which aim to help Pangasinenses especially the women augment their family income to help uplift their living conditions.

It is likewise aimed at generating more livelihood and employment opportunities for the underprivileged to increase income and improve access to basic needs.

Ellsworth Gonzales, program officer said this is the 3rd batch of distribution for 2010 bringing the number of groups who have benefitted from the program since 2008 to 106 organized groups and 9 micro entrepreneurs bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 2292.

The organized groups received a loan amount ranging from P100, 000 to P150, 000.

Catherine Rose Cabuyadao, a borrower from Cauringan Women’s Association in Sison town said she is very thankful with the loan grant because aside from having her own business, a sari-sari store, she was also able to finish college. With another loan grant from the province, she intends to expand her business to earn additional income for her growing family.

The livelihood program of the province caters to micro, small and medium enterprises including marginalized farmers/fisherfolks, community-based women’s group and individual entrepreneurs.
Under the program, the association can avail of a P100,000 credit assistance with 4% interest in six months. In case of payments made before due date, a rebate of 2.5% will be given to the association as their capital share.

Governor Espino said this payment scheme strategy encourages the borrowers to become responsible and help the association sustain its livelihood program to benefit its members. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)

Newly-elected Urdaneta Mayor pays courtesy call to Gov. Espino

Newly-elected Urdaneta Mayor pays courtesy call to Gov. Espino. Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. (2nd from left) talks with newly-elected Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio E. Perez IV (left) during a courtesy call at the Governor’s Office in Capitol Building, Lingayen last July 27. Mayor Perez replaced his father, former Mayor Amadito Perez, Jr., who had openly commended the Governor during the LGU night last December 2009 as he cited that in his 37 years as an elected public official he has never worked with any leader that is as hardworking and as goal-driven as Governor Espino. (PIO Photo by Jonas Sison)

New PRO1 visits Gov. Espino

New PRO1 visits Gov. Espino. Newly-appointed Regional Director of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) Police Chief Superintendent Orlando M. Mabutas (left) pays a courtesy call to Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. (right) at the Capitol Building in Lingayen last July 27. General Mabutas replaced Acting Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Manuel H. Cachero following the retirement from the police service of former Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Constante D. Azares, Jr on June 22. Also in photo are (from left) Provincial Director P/SSupt. Percival Barba and P/Supt. Wilson F. Lopez, chief of Provincial Intelligence Branch and group director of Special Operations Group. (PIO Photo by Jonas Sison)

Gov. Espino releases P2.7 million capital assistance anew to various groups

Gov. Espino releases P2.7 million capital assistance anew to various groups. Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. (right) awards the livelihood cheque to one of the 23 entrepreneurs (center) engaged in small and medium enterprises in Pangasinan last July 27 at the Governor’s Office, Capitol Building in Lingayen. A total of P2.7 million livelihood check was awarded to loan beneficiaries under the province’s Livelihood Assistance Program implemented through the Provincial Population Office. The Governor lauded the groups for being responsible enough to meet the 100% repayment scheme. (PIO Photo by Jonas Sison)

Gov. Espino awards cheque to young int’l chess champs from Pangasinan

Gov. Espino awards cheque to young int’l chess champs from Pangasinan. Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. awards P10,000 to each of the four young wood pushers from Pangasinan who won in the 11th Age Group Chess Championships held at the Subic Freeport in Olongapo City from June 4-13, 2010. Receiving the cheques are (top to bottom) Regyne V. Paloming of Urdaneta City, gold medalist; Fernando C.Mendoza of Dagupan City, bronze; Prince Mark Aquino of San Nicolas, gold medalist; and Cherry Ann P. Mejia of San Jacinto, silver medalist for rapid and blitz event. (PIO Photo by Jonas Sison)

Pangasinan tour guides attend national convention in Bohol

Pangasinan tour guides attend national convention in Bohol. Fifteen DOT-accredited tour guides from the provincial government of Pangasinan led by Tourism Office Division Chief Malu Elduayan flash a number one sign during the 1st National Tour Guides Convention in Tagbilaran City, Bohol last July 22-23. The organization of Pangasinan Tour Guides was an initiative of Gov. Espino during his first term to promote the province of Pangasinan as tourist destination, in both local and foreign tourists. (PIO Photo)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Vice-Guv Ferdie Calimlim formally assumes duty as SP’s Presiding Officer

Vice-Guv Ferdie Calimlim formally assumes duty as SP’s Presiding Officer

LINGAYEN---Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim formally assumed his duty as the Presiding Officer of the 7th Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) during the Inaugural Session held on July 17 at the SP Session Hall, Capitol Bldg. here.

In his Inaugural speech, Calimlim vowed to carry out his task with dedication and commitment and work collectively with SP members in the pursuit of quality legislative measures for the greater development of Pangasinan.

Calimlim , who was a former Mayor of Mapandan town, said the mandate given to him to be second in command to Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. whom he described as an exceptional leader, will constantly remain as his inspiration to serve.

“Because of the fresh mandate given by Pangasinenses to Gov. Espino, let me say that the province is in good hands,” Calimlim said as he stressed that his partners in the 7th provincial board are privileged to share the responsibility with the Governor in leading Pangasinan towards Golden Age.

The newly-elected Vice-Governor pledged to help develop and nurture the potentials of the province and its people and help sustain the programs of the provincial government.

He stressed that the legislative output of the Sanggunian will be directed towards the goals of the province even as he said that the legislative agenda of SP will fully support the executive agenda of the present administration.

Towards this end, he has urged all members of the law-making arms of the province to stay focused, set aside their differences in beliefs and unite to achieve the best interest of Pangasinan.

He likewise urged each and every member of the provincial board to keep to heart their oath in serving the province and its people. “It is through this solemn vow that we will be able to faithfully do our part as a group in treading our legislative journey with the least of burdens along the way,” he said.

“Let us start our voyage as a united fleet and look forward to a meaningful service for this province we all call our home,” the new Vice-Governor enthused. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)

Taiwan officials mull business ties with Pangasinan

Taiwan officials mull business ties with Pangasinan

LINGAYEN—Another group of foreigners expressed interest in the investment potentials of Pangasinan. After the Koreans, Taiwanese officials, diplomats and businessmen visited the Capitol and other areas of interest in the province to explore what it has to offer in terms of business and tourism opportunities.

These recent developments are clear manifestation of the growing confidence of foreigners to the leadership of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., which will bring unprecedented progress to the province on its way to its true golden age.

Last July 22, a Taiwanese delegation led by Senator Hsuen-Chang Lu and their interpreter, Jeff Yang, Executive Assistant of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manila, paid Governor Espino a courtesy call in his office at the Capitol.

Governor Espino personally asked the senator to facilitate transfer of technology in agriculture and to bring to the province modern agricultural tools and equipment because the governor said Pangasinan will remain as an agricultural province in the next decade.

The Senator, on the other hand, invited Governor Espino to visit Taiwan in September to meet their country’s Minister of Agriculture for a possible cooperation on agricultural training and technology program.

Taiwan, before making it in a multi-million dollar technology-based industry, used to be an agricultural nation where it also made headways. Today, Senator Lu said, Taiwanese from the big cities flock to farms on weekends for rest and relaxation.

Provincial Government Department Heads led by Planning and Development Officer Benita Pizarro presented various visuals to the group showcasing the investment opportunities in the province.

The group particularly expressed interest in putting up a mango processing plant and storage facility even as they lamented the lack of support infrastructures that will propel Pangasinan in export business. Senator Lu, for instance, said it took him five hours to reach the province from Manila.

The Provincial Government Officials, however, assured them that support facilities and infrastructures such as an airport and a commercial seaport will soon be realized.
The group also expressed interest in the mineral reserves of the province and queried whether we have gold, copper and nickel which are widely-used in their successful semi-conductor industry.

Informed that Governor Espino is an avid environmentalist, the group also expressed interest to bring energy-saving technology, such as the use of LED lighting system, which was developed by Taiwan. This worldwide-trend, they said, can reduce carbon emission and can decrease 70 percent of energy consumption.

The Taiwanese said they wanted to enjoy good relations with the Philippines, being their closest neighbor and their fifth largest trading partner.

After the briefing, the Taiwanese delegation went on a guided tour to Western Pangasinan where they visited the Bolinao lighthouse, the Patar Public Beach, Treasure’s of Bolinao Resort and the Lucap Wharf. The Taiwanese were particularly amazed by the white sandy beaches of Bolinao, which they said, cannot be found in their country.

Local Government Officials of Bolinao led by the Mayor Alfonso Celeste, Vice Mayor Elias Quisay and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan welcomed and had lunch with them at El Pescador Resort.

Meanwhile, Governor Espino, other provincial government officials, department heads and employees feted the group to sumptuous dinner and a night of music at the Capitol Resort. (PIO/Rafael Manuel III)


TAIWAN SENATOR VISITS PANGASINAN. Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. (left) and Taiwan Senator Hsuen-Chang Lu (center) exchange pleasantries during a courtesy call at the Governor’s Office in Capitol last July 22. The Taiwan officials invited the Governor to visit Taiwan in September to meet with their Minister of Agriculture while the investors expressed interest to put up some investment projects in Pangasinan. Also shown in photo is Jeff Yang (left), interpreter and Executive Assistant to Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Republic of China. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

Massive tree planting held in Anda

LINGAYEN --- In a couple of years, residents of Barangays Carot and Cabungan of Anda will have added protection from typhoon and tidal surges and reap added livelihood benefits because of the massive mangrove tree planting spearheaded by the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, thru the Provincial Agriculturist Office (OPAG), in these areas last July 21.
From the onset of Governor Espino’s first term, the Provincial Government shifted its programs to address the threat of climate change into long term solutions, instead of reactionary remedies. Though the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council have been properly equipped and more ready to respond to calamities than in any other times, Governor Espino, still, is more focused on measures that will not only benefit the present generation but also the next generation. Thus, activities such as upland tree planting and mangrove reforestation become regular fixtures of Provincial Government activities.
In 2008, Pangasinan was awarded as the region’s Most Outstanding Coastal Resources Project Implementer because of its outstanding environmental protection and management programs and policies. The massive mangrove tree planting, dubbed “Alay Tanim Mula kay Governor Espino,” is in support to the province’s sustainable coastal resources management program.
Mangrove propagation, in particular, is a priority program of the Espino Administration, having embarked on a grand construction and renovation of facilities to support his vision.
The Arnedo, Bolinao Mangrove Information Center and Nursery is capable of producing 80,000 to 100,000 mangrove seedlings annually, and where supply of seedlings are sourced during planting activities.
Why does Governor Espino put so much importance on mangrove reforestation of the province’s coastal areas?
Foremost, mangrove forests provide sanctuary and breeding ground for fishes. Aside from increasing fish and other marine creatures’ population, fisherfolks can be assured of a larger catch of fishes that will give them more income. We cannot also underestimate the environmental value of mangroves since they serve as natural barriers in times of typhoon and tidal surges. They also prevent and minimize erosion of coastal areas and filter water pollutants. As an added bonus, mangroves provide aesthetic value to the surroundings where sightings of local and migratory birds can be seen.
Provincial Agriculturist Dolly Moya said the activity last July 23 covered an area of about 1.2 hectares where some 4,000 mangrove seedlings were planted. Though said areas are naturally grown with mangrove, Moya added that Governor Espino wanted to supplement and enhance the natural proliferation of mangroves.
Before the year ends, OPAG aims to reforest mangrove areas in the 12 coastal towns and cities of the province.
Aside from OPAG, Fil-Media in Action Pangasinansi, an NGO, participated in the activity, including students of Cabungan National High School, the Municipal Agriculturist and Municipal Social Welfare employees of the said municipality.
Fil-Media President and Chairwoman Regie Aquino was awed by the diverse and active participation of the provincial and local governments, NGOs and POs, as well as members of the community. She said their organization, which is primarily involved in community service, will always support worthy programs and endeavors of the Provincial Government.
Jerryvale Navalta, Sr., Barangay Captain of Cabungan, and Reuby Celeste, President of Samahan ng Mangingisda sa Cabungan, both expressed gratitude to the Governor for bringing the project to their community, which according to them, will give the community numerous benefits. (PIO/Rafael U. Manuel III)

Massive river clean-up drive kicks off

LINGAYEN --- The provincial government has intensified its commitment to protect and preserve the environment by implementing a massive clean-up drive of the river systems of Pangasinan in line with the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month.

During the kick off ceremony held last July 19 at the Capitol Plaza, Paterno M. Orduña, Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council Executive Officer, said that pilot areas for the project will include Agno River tributaries within the cities of Dagupan and San Carlos and the municipalities of Binmaley and Lingayen.

The activity is part of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr.’s continuing commitment to save and protect the environment which has been his advocacy even before when he was still a police officer.

“It is not the response or rescue efforts that are important kundi ang mga solusyon upang mapangalagaan natin ang ating kapaligiran,” Orduña said.

Col. Orduña stressed that now is the time for everyone to share in the task of taking care of the environment as he urged everyone to engage in proper practices and set a good example as mitigating measures to solve climate change .

Dagupan City Councilor Bryan Lim who represented his father, Mayor Benjie Lim, affirmed that the clean-up drive is a vital need to keep everyone aware to properly respond to calamities and other forms of disasters.

He also assured the support of the city government of Dagupan in cleaning the rivers.

“Let us make sure that the next generation will not look back at us and say that we didn’t do anything. We did not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we just borrowed it for our children,” he further said.

Meanwhile, Provincial Administrator Rafael F. Baraan called on everyone not just to clean up the rivers but to clean up own lifestyles and reorganize own lives in order to be able to really contribute meaningfully to the global effort, to reduce the continued degradation of the environment to help in the overall effort to make things easier for us especially for our children.

After the ceremony, the member agencies and volunteers proceeded to the town of Binmaley for the river clean-up drive which started with the dismantling of illegal structures.

For the clean-up drive, a dredging machine will be used, Col. Orduna said.

The continuing effort of the provincial government and various line agencies signifies the province’s commitment for a sustainable disaster management programs and environmental concerns.

Among the teams formed for the clean-up drive were: task group “Baklas”; provincial task group “Linis”; PNP Task Group and Task Group “DRAGA”. (PIO/Chona C. Bugayong)

Massive river clean-up drive. Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) (upper photo) and provincial employees (lower photo) clear the river of Binmaley from illegal structures of fish pens and tons of garbage as part of the National Disaster Consciousness Month. The Agno River and its tributaries in Lingayen, Binmaley, Dagupan City and San Carlos will undergo massive clean-up led by the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council in cooperation with the LGUs, NGOs and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

Province observes 32nd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week

Lingayen - -The Provincial Government thru Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) in partnership with Breaking Barriers for Young Adults with Disabilities staged the first-ever Provincial Paralympics in line with the 32nd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (NDPRW).

This year’s celebration held at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center here last July 22 carries the theme “SA ISTRUKTURANG ACCESSIBLE, LAHAT AY ABLE.”

Some 500 participants with disabilities from all districts of Pangasinan including Dagupan City trooped to Lingayen to participate in the Paralympics.

The Paralympics consisted of different events and categories.

For children’s category below 14 years old, they played for the 100-meter dash, 400-meter relay and 200-meter wheelchair bound accompanied by their parents.

For youth and adult, 15 to 59 years old, the events were 100-meter dash run, 400-meter relay Men and Women Division, Javelin throw, discus throw, shot put, chess, badminton, table tennis and basketball.

The NDRPW aimed to stimulate public awareness on disability problems and concerns particularly issues on disability prevention, rehabilitation and equalization of opportunities for person with disabilities (PWDs).

David Bulario, president of Federation of PWDs of Pangasinan, thanked Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and 4th District Board Member Mojamito R. Libunao, Jr. for their continuing support to the disabled.

“Gusto kong pasalamatan ang ating mahal na governor na si Amado T. Espino, Jr. para sa kanyang patuloy na adhikain para maiangat ang mga taong may kapansanan,” Bulario added.

According to Nhur Gavina of Breaking Barriers for Young Adults with Disabilities, aside from harnessing their skills and potentials, the event will also help the disabled gain confidence, self-esteem, camaraderie and sportsmanship.

“Meron kasing mga ginaganap na mga National Special Olympics, gusto nating makakita ng mga may potential na pwedeng ilaban nationally, and hopefully from that national magkaroon tayo ng panlaban sa mga international competitions na special Olympics, pinapangarap namin yun”, he added. (PIO/ Darwin Magalong)

Sports:great equalizer for PWDs

Sports:great equalizer for PWDs. Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) display athletic prowess like able-bodied athletes during the first-ever staging of Provincial Paralympics hosted by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development and Breaking Barriers for Young Adults with Disabilities in line with the 32nd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen last July 22. The PWDs thanked Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. for providing them with world-class sports facilities where they can harness their athletic skills and potentials. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

Maramba's descendants visit Pangasinan Capitol

LINGAYEN---The descendants of former Governor Daniel Maramba, the “Grand Old Man” of Pangasinan politics and founding guru of the Capitol building were greatly astonished by the magnificent transformation of the historic edifice.

The Maramba clan composed of more than 20 members, most of them coming from abroad, visited the Capitol as part of the commemoration of the late governor’s 140th birthday who was born on July 21, 1870.

The delegation, headed by Dr. Tomas Maramba, grandson of Ex-Governor Maramba, came all the way from Sta. Barbara, the natal town of the “grand old man.”

Dr. Maramba and the other members of the clan turned nostalgic as they entered the Capitol Building and were warmly welcomed by the provincial government employees and various heads of offices led by Provincial Administrator Rafael F. Baraan.

Recalling the achievements of his late grandfather as a public servant, Dr. Maramba said he feels proud that one of the greatest legacies he has left behind was the construction of the Capitol Building, the seat of the provincial government of Pangasinan.

Don Daniel Maramba served as the 7th Governor of Pangasinan from 1916 to 1922. It was during his term that the Provincial Capitol was built and its construction was listed in the history of Pangasinan.

According to records, when the Capitol building was constructed, its architectural design became a model of the other Capitols constructed in other provinces.

Serving as Governor for two-terms, his administration which focused on agriculture as its main concern also made the province as the “Rice Granary of the Philippines” putting Pangasinan in the Philippine Map as a premier province.

When the group stepped onto the Capitol stairs during their tour, nostalgia filled the air as the Maramba descendants stopped at the middle of the staircase and sang the Pangasinan song “Malinac Lay Labi” passionately.

Gina Quintans Staches, a granddaughter, said it was one way of showing their love of their native tongue.

Staches said, they wanted to teach every member of the clan, even the younger generation, the Pangasinan language because according to them they were all taught by their parents who were members of the earlier generation, how to speak Pangasinan and love the language as Ex-Governor Maramba also did to his children.

The Maramba clan could not help but express great awe with the great transformation that has transpired in the provincial government through the present administration as they were further toured around the Capitol Complex.

All they could say were praises for the beauty and grandeur of the refurbished structures of the provincial government including the Sison Auditorium noting that the renovation was executed with finesse and a royal touch.

At the Capitol Resort Hotel, where the group was treated to a merienda of native cakes and buko juice, the Maramba grandchildren and great grandchildren’s admiration of Gov. Espino’s administration was further heightened at the sight of the hotel.

Alma Quintans Kern, also a granddaughter and president of the Filipino Community of Seattle and the Washington-Pangasinan Sister State mused, “We didn’t expect this kind of a resort in Lingayen. But now we’re all talking of coming back with our families and recommending it to everybody because it is really beautiful.”

Meanwhile, Maramba Council President Lourdes Maramba Fajardo, another granddaughter of Don Daniel Maramba, thanked the provincial government for the warm welcome and accommodation.

Baraan also thanked the group for visiting the provincial government and visiting their home province of Pangasinan. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)

Ex Gov. Maramba’s descendants says wow to the Capitol’s facelift

Ex Gov. Maramba’s descendants says wow to the Capitol’s facelift. Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan (right) welcomes the grandchildren of former Pangasinan Governor Daniel Maramba led by Dr. Tomas Maramba (2nd from left) who visited the Capitol Complex last July 21 in commemoration of the late Governor’s 140th birthday celebration. The Maramba clan lauded Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. for the new transformation of the Capitol building which was built during the term of their grandfather in 1916 to 1922. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

Baraan Urges Gov’t Employees to Work Hard

Baraan Urges Gov’t Employees to Work Hard

LINGAYEN---Provincial Administrator Raffy Baraan urged the provincial government employees to continue to work very hard as he echoed Gov. Amado T. Espino’s mission to make Pangasinan number one.

Baraan made the call during the Monday’s flag raising ceremony as he welcomed to the provincial government family newly-elected board member of the 4th district Mojamito R. Libunao, Jr. who was the only Board Member attending the ceremony, and new Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ana de Guzman, to the provincial government family.

“All of us here are one family and we belong to a common mission to make Pangasinan truly number one, so let us continue to work very hard,” the provincial administrator stressed.

As this developed, Baraan congratulated Provincial Accountant Malou Utanes for being elected as the new president of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Pangasinan Chapter and Provincial Employment Services Office (PESO) Manager Alex Ferrer who is also the new regional president of the PESO Managers in Region I.

For his part, newly elected Board Member Libunao said that as member of the provincial board, he dedicates his full support and cooperation to the province of Pangasinan “and whatever good we’re doing now, with the full cooperation of everybody, we could do even better if we give our best.” (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)

3,500 Dogs receive Anti-Rabies Vaccines

3,500 Dogs receive Anti-Rabies Vaccines

LINGAYEN --- The provincial government thru the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office has intensified its Anti-Rabies Campaign to keep with the National Rabies Control Program which calls for a Rabies- Free Philippines in year 2020.

Dr. Benedicto Perez said that as part of the program, some 3,500 dogs in Mangatarem have already received anti-rabies vaccines.

He said the program which started on July 13 seeks to give vaccination to at least 80 % of the total dog population or an average of one dog every household.

In line with this, the PVO has initially identified nine municipalities found to have positive cases of rabies- afflicted dogs based on reports submitted to the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

These municipalities are Mangatarem, Bayambang, Bautista, Alcala, Rosales, Balungao, Umingan, Urbiztondo and Sto. Tomas.

To date, vaccination in Mangatarem has been completed and another vaccination activity has been set on July 20 in Urbiztondo.

Perez said the activity is a concerted effort of the provincial government thru the PVO, Department of Agriculture and the local government units.

Vaccination centers will be established in municipalities where there is a scheduled vaccination.

Meanwhile Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr has instructed the provincial health office to coordinate with the agencies aforementioned to further intensify the program.

New Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ana de Guzman said the PHO will provide data that will help the PVO identify more areas with dogs positive of rabies.

The vaccines administered to the dogs came from the national government with a counterpart from the province. (PIO/Angie Villanueva)

Joint Declaration of Pangasinan as insurgency-free held July 12

Joint Declaration of Pangasinan as insurgency-free held July 12

Lingayen---Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has expressed great enthusiasm as he accepted the primary responsibility of taking the lead role to fight off insurgency in Pangasinan last July 12 during the Joint Declaration of Pangasinan as insurgency- free and Hand-Over of the ISO Lead Role at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center here.

Gov. Espino said he was very happy that the province, together with the Provincial Police Office (PPO), is now taking over the insurgency lead role even as he said that during his time with Philippine National Police (PNP), he was very much involved in dealing with the problem of insurgency in Pangasinan.

P/Sr. Supt. Percival Barba who formally declared that Pangasinan is now free from insurgency revealed that in 2006, there were 76 barangays in the province with the presence of communist terrorists (CTs), but to date Barba revealed that said areas now have a zero rate of insurgency.

The joint declaration was signed by Gov. Espino, Major Gen. Ireneo Espino of the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and Police Superintendent Percival Barba, Provincial Director of the PPO.

The signing was witnessed by Col. Leonido Bongcawil, Col. Felicito Virgilio M. Trinidad, Jr., Mr. Domiciano Soriano, Jr. of DILG, SP Chairman Amadeo T. Espino , MGEN Gaudencio Pangilinan, NOLCOM commander represented by Col. Perez, and PCSupt Orlando Mabutas, represented by Col. Manuel Cachero.

Meanwhile, General Ireneo Espino thanked Gov. Espino, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the mayors, peace and order council members and the people of Pangasinan for finally accepting the handover of the insurgency lead role.

He said the transfer sees the vision of a peaceful, progressive, tourism and economic center province under the governance of Gov. Espino who is also the chairman of the Provincial Peace and Order Council in Pangasinan.

As this developed, Gov. Espino has called on the people from the formerly infested areas to work together for the growth and development of their barangays.

With this recent development, the Governor proudly noted that foreign investors who used to visit other places like Baguio and Clark have started flocking to the province expressing keen interest in establishing various investments in Pangasinan.

He said this is the first time that foreign investors visited remote barangays to look for possible locations for their investment projects. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)


JOINT DECLARATION OF PANGASINAN AS INSURGENCY-FREE PROVINCE. Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. (center), Major Gen. Ireneo Espino of the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army (left) and Provincial Director Percival Barba (right) sign the Joint Declaration of Pangasinan as insurgency-free province at the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council Building in Lingayen last July 12. Gov. Espino said the declaration and hand-over of the ISO Lead Role affirms the provincial government’s effort in pursuing its number one priority thrust which is safe and peaceful neighborhood. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

Gov. Espino assures Korean investors full cooperation of the people of Pangasinan

Gov. Espino assures Korean investors full cooperation
of the people of Pangasinan

LINGAYEN --- Gov. AmadoT. Espino, Jr. has assured the JJGPK Co. Ltd., a Korean investment corporation headed by Mr. Kang Hee Jung, of the province’s full cooperation on whatever investments the Korean investors would have in the province.

“We assure you that we will give our part to your efforts on whatever good intentions you have for our province,” the Governor said as he thanked them for showing much interest to the province of Pangasinan as their choice place for investment.

Gov. Espino also told the Koreans during a farewell dinner hosted by the provincial government recently that they are most welcome even as he stressed that the relationship between the province and the Koreans will continue forever.

The JJGPK group is now on its 5th visit to Pangasinan to carry out plans for the establishment of various feasible investments here.

The investors together with the broadcast staff of Money TV Network, one of the biggest broadcasting networks in Korea, conducted an ocular inspection on the proposed sites for their projects during their brief visit here.

Some of the projects they have proposed are the development of an eco-tourism zone in Barangays Sabangan, Estanza, Malimpuec and Capandanan in Lingayen.

The JJGPK proposed to help develop the eco-tourism zone where the design for the project is now being prepared by a highly respected architect of Korea who will present the masterplan to Gov. Espino in August.

The proposed projects include the establishment of a retirement village in Lingayen.

The JJGPK also plans to put up a call center which shall operate as a Knowledge Process Outsourcing. It will be an online tutorial center for Koreans who would like to learn English as their second language.

Other proposed projects include the establishment of a surplus center, chicken dressing plant and a cold storage.

The farewell dinner proved to be a night of positive moods which spelled a bright and promising future both for the province and the Korean investors who were here to pursue their investment interests.

Mr. Jung said they are confident that the big investments will help the province of Pangasinan as it will provide thousands of jobs to many Pangasinenses.

Towards this end, the Korean group of investors thanked the Governor and the leadership of the provincial government for their warm accommodation even as they pledged their support to Gov. Espino’s administration. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)

Provincial Gov’t trains frontliners for Tourism

Provincial Gov’t trains frontliners for Tourism

Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., initiated an enhanced training for provincial government frontliners to further strengthen tourism initiatives through a one-day seminar for an effective and quality public service.

The seminar which was held in three batches at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center was dubbed “Tourist-Friendly Pangasinan Frontliners.”

“We are doing this because we want to serve the people. You were trained so you can appreciate the very things we are doing here, the very things that we are protecting here, this is the very essence of this training,” Gov. Espino said during the culminating rites.

Espino said he wants Pangasinenses to be the first to appreciate the workings of the provincial government even as he instilled in them the value of discipline by following regulations and doing what is right.

The activity which started on July 7 and concluded last July 9 was spearheaded by the Provincial Tourism Division co-sponsored by the Department of Tourism Region I (DOT-Region I) who provided an International Standard Organization and DOT Accredited Trainor.

Some 143 provincial employees, whose duties include providing direct frontline services to Pangasinenses, visitors and tourists, participated in training.

Among the participants were: provincial security guards assigned at the Capitol Complex, Hospitals and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG), provincial bus drivers from the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) as well as employees of the Provincial Governor’s Office, Capitol Resort Hotel, Tourism Operations Division and Solid Waste Management Office.

As province’s frontliners, the training was vital in developing ways to meet the evolving needs of visitors as well as in becoming effective communicators who have direct link and service to the public.

It likewise served as gateway to enhance the frontliners’ skills and capabilities with better understanding of themselves, their attitudes and values to best serve the public.

The frontliners were also oriented on the provincial government programs, facilities and services as well as basic tourism information anchored by their commitment and passion to serve in order to attain targeted results to give meaning to the provincial slogan: “Serving You the Best Way we Can.”

Ma. Luisa A. Elduayan, Chief Tourism Operations Division, said this is part of the province tourism promotions and marketing program to attract more tourists and investors and help improve and establish good customer relations and systems that will boost the province’s economy.

According to Martin Valera, DOT Director, the training program is an opportunity to bring the government closer to the people.

Towards this end, Valera thanked the governor for his efforts on strengthening tourism efforts development and dedication to make Pangasinan great province.

It is the mission of the Pangasinan Tourism to promote responsible tourism development in the province that maximizes socio-economic growth, instills pride in culture and heritage, conserves the environment, fosters partnership among stakeholders, offers the best visitor/tourist experience and nourishes the standard of living of Pangasinenses.

In 2009, the province posted a total of 316,850 tourists and visitors. With the influx of tourist arrivals, Pangasinan is now a top tourist destination in Region I.

The significant progress in the tourism initiatives of the province marks the realization of the overall development plan of the present administration. (PIO/Chona C. Bugayong)

Pangasinan Tourism Frontliners Training

Pangasinan Tourism Frontliners Training. To better serve the burgeoning number of local and foreign tourists visiting the Capitol Complex, the Pangasinan Tourism Office conducts Tourist-Friendly Pangasinan Frontliners Training to administrative aides, security guards and utility workers at the conference room of Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council Building in Lingayen. Tourism Officer Malu M. Elduayan said the three-day workshop, which aims to deliver the best tourism services, deals with effective communication, customer service and basic tour guiding among others. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

New Prov’l Health Officer. Outgoing Provincial Health Officer-in-Charge Ferdinand Totaan (right) turns over the symbolic key to incoming Provincial Health Officer Ana Teresa De Guzman (left), former chief of Manaoag Community Hospital, while Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. and Provincial Administrator Rafael F. Baraan witness the event after the regular Monday flag raising at the Capitol Plaza in Lingayen last July 5. Dr. Totaan will now serve as the chief of Manaoag Community Hospital. (Photo by Bong Laure)

Capitol Solid Waste Management Receives Special Award from DENR Region I

Lingayen- - -The Capitol Solid Waste Management Office (CSWMO) recently received a Special Award from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Regional Office for the successful implementation of the Pangasinan Ecological Solid Waste Management Program.

A group of regional evaluators from the DENR came to the province last May and validated the performance of the recycling team as one of the contenders for the 2010 Search for Likas Yaman Awards for Environmental Excellence.

Said search aimed to recognize the individuals, local government units, academe, civic organizations, military and other institutions for their outstanding contribution to environmental development, conservation and protection.

Rowena dela Cruz, CSWMO Chief, said that aside from recycling project other undertakings that the team currently implement includes composting and bio-organic fertilizer production.

This, she said, will help minimize the bulk of garbage in the province and inculcate the value of recycling in the minds of the people.

Under the present administration, the CSWMO was expanded and improved to further cater and assist the LGUs in formulating policies on waste management.

“We intend to reduce the amount of wastes by at least 50 percent through recycling, composting and other waste prevention or reduction activities,” Dela Cruz said as she added that Gov. Espino wants the Capitol complex as the showroom of cleanliness and orderliness in the province. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)

DENR Region I cites Pangasinan Ecological Solid Waste Management Program

DENR Region I cites Pangasinan Ecological Solid Waste Management Program. Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. (center) presents the plaque of commendation to Capitol Solid Waste Management Office (CSWMO) Chief Rowena dela Cruz (left) for being cited by the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Region I as one of the best recycling practitioners and environmental program implementers during its Search for Likas Yaman Award. Witnessing the awarding ceremony are (from right counterclockwise) Provincial Administrator Rafael F. Baraan, Lingayen District Hospital Chief Athena Marie Merrera and outgoing Provincial Health Officer-in-Charge Ferdinand Totaan. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

“Hurricane” Julaton takes Pangasinan by Storm

“Hurricane” Julaton takes Pangasinan by Storm

Lingayen, Pangasinan - - - Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. led the Provincial Officials and employees in welcoming WBO Super Bantamweight Champion and Fil-Am Boxing Sensation Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton in her first-ever visit to the country and to her home-province in Pangasinan last July 14, 2010.

Upon knowing that the Filipina boxer is going to visit the province’s Capitol, a throng of provincial employees and other spectators trooped to the Capitol building to take a glance of her.
Wearing her pink spaghetti sleeveless blouse and maong jeans, Julaton was described to have the true beauty of a Filipina.

Born Luciana Bonifacio Julaton, the boxing champion traces her Filipino roots in Pozurrobio, Pangasinan. She is the first Filipina to win a boxing world title, already collecting three titles at that.

Julaton revealed she became aware that she is from Pangasinan because of her grandfather, Cesario Cariaso Julaton, who always talks about his roots all the time when he was still alive.

Angelo Reyes, manager of Julaton, said that when she started in 2004 as an amateur boxer, she was already donning the Philippine flag on her shorts. “She was always connected with her Filipino roots because of her grandfather,” Reyes said.

“Ana is the best person to really work for, it is an honor to be around her because she’s always humble even though she has already accomplished a lot”, Reyes added.

Julaton thanked Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan and all the Pangasinenses for welcoming her in the province.

“It was amazing and it was my first time here, everything’s beautiful, everyone’s heart was warm and it feels like home”, she said.

Julaton bared that she plans to bring the fight here in the country with her upcoming fight either against Lisa Brown or a rematch against Maria Villalobos.

“I want to fight here in the Philippines, and be the first Filipino to do that”, she said.
Julaton and Reyes said they are considering the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center as venue for her next fight in September or for her next training under Freddie Roach.

Meanwhile, Julaton received a Plaque of Recognition conferred to him by Governor Espino for her numerous achievements in the field of boxing and becoming the pride and inspiration to the Filipino people especially in her home-province, Pangasinan.

Reyes said that Julaton is set to meet his Amang Pedring and her relatives in Pozurrobio. Amang Pedring is the only surviving relative among the siblings of her grandfather. (PIO/Darwin Magalong)

WBO super bantamweight champion visits Pangasinan

WBO super bantamweight champion visits Pangasinan. Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. (right) beams with pride as Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton (left), who traces her roots in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, shows her three world boxing title belts in a courtesy call to the Governor at the Governor’s Office in Capitol Building, Lingayen last July 14. The Fil-Am female boxer recently won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight belt after beating her Mexican opponent in Canada. (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)