LINGAYEN— Gov. Amado Espino III spelled out what his administration has done for the last two years when he delivered his second State of the Province Address (SOPA) in front of the provincial capitol on July 2.
All the programs and projects that were implemented, some of which were assisted by national government agencies, made Pangasinan earn the Seal of Good Local Governance from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and became a recipient of ISO 9001:2015 that included seven offices of the provincial government.
He said all the 727. 72 kilometers provincial roads are now cemented or asphalted 100 percent with the last one kilometer done with the help of the power producer, San Roque Power Corporation (SRPC). Five provincial bridges costing P49 million were rehabilitated
Other completed major infra projects are the Hall of Fame building or the Abong na Dayew and the Pangasinan Reformation Center in Burgos, including 92 school buildings, P105; 105 units of artesian wells, P9 million; 10 flood control projects, P20 million; 32 Barangay/ Municipal buildings, P54 million; the 25-meter Olympic-size swimming pool, P5.38 million; and the laundry and linen building, and mess hall at Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center P15 million.
Espino said the province also performed well in the area manpower development by launching the Provincial Skills Training Mobile Job Fair Project with the use of a truck rounding up many towns of the province.
The Provincial Job Placement Assistance Program implemented by the Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO) assisted 2,747 job-seekers to find work locally and abroad.
The Pangasinan PESO was adjudged as the Best Partner in Anti-Illegal Recruitment for Luzon of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration; Best Regional Performer in the Implementation of DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program; and Most Outstanding Migrants Desk of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration OWWA) in Region 1.
Under Espino’s watch, Pangasinan maintained its billing as the third biggest rice producer in the country, accounting for 1, 231,825 tons while ranks sixth in corn production at 368, 361 tons.
It is also remains as the country’s biggest producer of carabao mango throughout the country, accounting for 135, 523 tons and also the biggest producer of eggplant at 46,166 tons. Its onion production in 2017 was 47,991 tons, about four times bigger than in 2016 at 10,523.
According to Espino, the Department of Health Regional Office will release a P1 million to the province as performance-based grant for being a malaria-free province, having recorded no Malaria from 2012 to 2017.
Meanwhile, a total of 217,199 persons from 755 clustered barangays benefited from the province’s Kalusugan Karaban since 2016. The caravan will be boosted by a newly acquired Mobile Diagnostic bus, complete with x-ray, ultra-sound and other diagnostic equipment.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) maintained its stature as first and only stand-alone ISO certified Provincial Health Office since 2014. The other ISO-certified are the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital and the Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital.
Pangasinan has launched its Adopt-a-Mountain tree planting program, and the Weekly Coastal Cleanup, participated in by provincial government employees every Friday afternoon before they go home.
Espino also announced that the Geo-Cloud project, the first of its kind in the country, is now operational in Pangasinan and will help the province in disaster risk reduction and management.
At the same time, Espino announced that Pangasinan is now nearing to finally realize its dream to become 100 percent drug-free.
To date, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has already cleared 23 municipalities and one city. Soon to be declared as drug-free are 15 towns and one city.
As of June 26, 2018, 71.99% or 1,271 barangays of the 1,364 all over the province, have been declared drug-free.
The Pangasinan Reformation Center in Burgos, built at P12.9 million, has already graduated a total of 59 reformists and another 36 out-of-school youth, in-school youth and persons with disabilities from Anda,
The governor also announced that Pangasinan received a joint recommendation from the 702nd Infantry (Defender) Brigade and 703rd Infantry (Agila) Brigade of the Philippine Army and the Pangasinan PNP for the insurgency-free status of Pangasinan. (Leonardo Micua)
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