AGEW NA PANGASINAN
LINGAYEN–Fifth District Rep. Amado T. Espino Jr. rallied the Pangasinenses not only to preserve the gains already made in Pangasinan from 2007 to the present but “to continue loving and caring for our province and to bring Pangasinan to a greater height of progress and development”.
In his speech read by his son Gov. Amado Espino III during the commemorative program for the 438th “Agew na Pangasinan” at Sison Auditorium, the former governor reminded Pangasinenses that the province already rose from being refereed to as a non-entity to become the 4th most performing province in the country and the most performing in Region 1.
Rep. Espino was unable to deliver his own speech because he was mourning the death of his mother on April 3. His son, Gov. Espino himself turned emotional as he was reading his father’s speech.
“Our ultimate goal is to make the province of Pangasinan better than the other provinces,” the congressman said who was governor of Pangasinan from 2007 to 2016 and it was during his terms that Pangasinan earned the distinction as the only province in Region 1 that has received the “Gawad Pamana ng Lahi” award, the highest award on governance.
The province has been a consistent recipient of the Seal of Good Local Governance awards from the DILG and other awards of distinction from various government agencies all of which will be displayed at the “Abong na Dayew” as the repository of all awards and distinction received by the province through the decades.
“Agew na Pangasinan” was established during his tenure as governor when he tasked the Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission headed by Atty. Gonzalo Duque to conduct a research on the province’s founding that turned out to be April 5, 1580. That was the only time that the year 1580 was attached to the official seal of Pangasinan,
On his second year, he initiated efforts to rediscover the cultural and historical fibers of the province and began to establish the unique cultural identity and heritage of Pangasinenses.
He said this was in the hope of developing “our new selves of civic pride and instill in each of us a genuine concern of love, honor and respect for our beloved Pangasinan,” he intoned.
For his part, Gov. Espino echoed the need to preserve “what we already have and to add more what we have” to ensure that the future generations “will not find a reason to blame us for not doing our part as leaders of Pangasinan,” (Leonardo Micua)
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