LINGAYEN—Four “graduating” members of the 9th Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pangasinan bade their colleagues goodbye in their last session last week of June.
Former Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr led his exiting fellow members in thanking people who helped them in their endeavors.
“Many times before we have heard that reaching whatever feat in life is destiny, it’s fate… We have all been destined to do this. At some point in life, we realize that God wants us to serve the people of Pangasinan and we served them well,” Calimlim said.
He added that two words say it all for their nine-year stint in the provincial board: Thank you.
He became sentimental when he said his retirement from public service will finally allow him to spend time with his family as he recounted the many times that he was not around for them on special occasions because of his job.
He thanked the father-and-son Espino, outgoing 5th district Rep. Amado Espino Jr and re-elected Gov. Amado Espino III whom he described as “father to all of us and to Gov. Espino who continues to be father to us”
The board members whose three successive terms ended on June 30 were Board Members Raul Sison (2nd D.), Generoso Tulagan Jr. (3rd D.) and Clemente Arboleda Jr. (5th D.).
Sison said his exit from public service is only momentary or temporary as the fire in his heart to serve is forever.
Tulagan and Arboleda cited the support of special people who helped them in their careers.
Except for Tulagan who won as city councilor of San Carlos, Calimlim, Sison and Arboleda are no longer holding posts in government.
Ex-board member, Napoleon Fontelera Jr (1st D.) was not around to deliver his speech.
Former board member Alfonso Bince Jr. who was in the session hall was repeatedly cited and thanked by the outgoing members of the board for being their mentor, friend and adviser. (PhilStar Wire Service)
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