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2023: Pangasinan’s Year of Great Advancements


The Pangasinan Provincial Government made major strides in 2023 by implementing massive projects in a range of development-related areas.

Since assuming office, Gov. Ramon V. Guico III and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, led by Vice Gov. Mark Ronald DG. Lambino, have laid out lofty goals that are aligned with the province’s vision and mission.

The governor’s unwavering advocacy for sustainable development was accomplished in a short amount of time because of his creative leadership.

One such example of a dream-come-true project is the P34 billion Pangasinan Link Expressway project.

The signing of the PLEX Joint Venture and Toll Concession Agreements between Pangasinan Gov. Guico and San Miguel Corporation CEO President Mr. Ramon S. Ang yielded positive results in terms of economy, livelihood opportunities, business, and connectivity to boost the province’s tourism industry.

The ground-breaking ceremony and the laying of the time capsule for the Reflecting Pool and Interactive Fountain Project at the Provincial Capitol in November are another manifestation that 2023 is the Golden Age of Infrastructure for Pangasinan. The project is expected to spur economic growth and development. It is one of the major projects to take place at the heart of the Provincial Capitol Complex.

Moreover, funds amounting to P312,764,548.51 for Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients and Financially-Incapacitated Patients (MAIP) have eased the burden of individuals needing medical assistance, owing to the generosity of national and local officials, which were made possible through the resourcefulness of the governor and his father, 5th District Representative Ramon “Monching” Guico, Jr. Said amount was the biggest ever downloaded to the province since the program was launched in 2021.

Data on revenue collection showed a sharp increase in revenue collection, notably in quarry collection, which reached 309.20% in the first quarter of 2023. This contributed the biggest share to the province’s revenue collection. Said achievement is attributed to the strict implementation and monitoring of collectibles.

The revival of Pangasinan’s salt industry, which is expected to produce 15,000 metric tons of salt, is another outstanding accomplishment. Recently, the project marked its historic ceremonial harvest at the salt hub in Barangay Zaragoza, Bolinao.

‘The province has regained the management of the salt farm, which is attached to the identity of Pangasinan—a place where salt is made. Andiyan na ang identity natin. Hindi mo mabayaran ito, hindi matutumbasan ng anumang halaga, because this is who we are as Pangasinenses, the governor said.

Gov. Guico introduced ‘Corporate Farming’ as one of its signature projects to transform the agriculture sector as a partner in Pangasinan’s food security.

Further, the governor is set to enter into and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the development of a mixed-use integrated infrastructure for housing and sustainable communities in the province under the Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pamilyang Pilipino (4PH) Program.

Within the next five years, Governor Guico hopes to see the construction of 20,000 new homes in the province.

Likewise, the province pushed for the construction of a Reformation Center/Balay Silangan for drug users in Burgos town that served as a more holistic approach to the province’s war against drugs.

Pangasinan has established one response command center and its own 911 emergency hotline in order to effectively handle emergency situations.

Another gigantic project that is expected to take off in 2024 is the Pangasinan Bangus Breeding and Hatchery Facilities, a World Bank-assisted project worth P238 million.

Relative to this, the province has launched the construction of three units of provincial warehouses with multi-purpose drying envisioned to reduce post-harvest losses.

Advocacy for environmental protection and preservation is one priority project to be reckoned with by the Guico administration. Hence, the Pangasinan Green Canopy Project was launched.

As of December 18, Pangasinan’s Green Canopy Project, which aims to grow 1 million trees, has recorded a total of 150,000 seedlings planted by different offices, departments, hospital personnel, volunteers, and local leaders.

These and other priority programs for the general welfare in areas of education, shelter, employment, peace and order, and cultural affairs showed a great impact on the province’s relentless efforts and initiative in its commitment to good governance and for the welfare of more than 3.3 million Pangasinenses.

2024 will be an exciting and more challenging year, the governor stated. This year will see the realization of big-impact projects, which are long-term commitments made for Pangasinan’s future rather than just campaign promises. (Chona C. Bugayong/ PIMRO)

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Pangasinan shines in the recently concluded 2023 Regional Skills Competition

Lingayen, Pangasinan – Pangasinan outshines competitors from the different provinces of Region 1 in the recently concluded Regional Skills Competition (RSC) held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center 1 (PTDC 1) on December 19.
The province bagged six (6) golds, while two (2) golds were garnered by Ilocos Norte in the different trade areas, respectively.
Winners from the Pangasinan who will advance to the Philippine National Skills Competition include Joana Lyca Mae C. Obra of the Maxima Technical and Skills Training Institute Inc. (Beauty Therapy); Mark Carlo V. Laroco – Technical and Skills Training Institute Inc. (Cooking); Timoteo B. Galima, Jr. – Provincial Center-Urdaneta (Electrical Installations); Jerald G. Mercado – Maxima Technical and Skills Training Institute Inc. (Hairdressing); Yori Angela O. Tabucol – Maxima Technical and Skills Training Institute Inc.(Restaurant Service); Rolly M. Danoli -Provincial Training Center, ; Pangasinan ( Welding) while the two (2) competitors from Ilocos Norte were Jerico S. Raquiza (Fashiopn Technology and Rhenier L. Miguel – Ilocos Norte (Graphic Design Technology).
Winners were chosen to best represent Region 1 in the National Skills Competition.
Lingayen Mayor Leopoldo N. Bataoil, who graced the culmination rites, said that the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is one of the closest institutions in his heart because he is aware that the growth of the country is dependent on the kind and quality of skills that it will render for the country.
“I believe that the knowledge that we learn in the different institutions, colleges, and universities should be coupled with these particular outstanding skills that our country needs most,” Bataoil added.
Moreover, Bataoil cited that TESDA should be expanded because said institution is the answer to the country’s development.
“Today, with you and us together, we will be able to make our country great again,” he said.

Ruth E. Dayawen, La Union Provincial Director, was among the TESDA dignitaries present during the event.

Highlighting the culmination rites were the awarding of winners, the flags and banner retreat by RD Joel M. Pilotin, and an AVP on the CY 2023 RSC.
The two-day RSC ran from December 18 to 19.


(Chona C. Bugayong, Omar Cruz / PIMRO).

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TESDA spearheads 2023 Regional Skills Competition

Lingayen, Pangasinan —- The two-day 2023 Regional Skills Competition (RSC), joined in by participants representing the different skills trade areas, formally opened on December 18 at the Provincial Training and Development Center 1 (PTDC 1).

Spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Region I, the undertaking aimed to showcase the different skills of trainees in their chosen trade area.
The competitors from Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte will vie in the following trade areas: beauty therapy, cooking, electrical installations, fashion technology, graphic design technology, hairdressing, restaurant service, and welding.

Rocky D. Magliba, Consultant on Education and Community Development/PTESDC Chairperson, who represented Gov. Ramon V. Guico III, said that the governor holds high regard for the significance of education and skills development in shaping the future of the province.

Magliba further said that the governor’s mission revolves around fostering an environment where the potential of the youth is nurtured and their skills are held to perfection.

Thus, the participants represent the embodiment of dedication, hard work, and a commitment to excellence.

Sharing his thoughts about the competition, Magliba said that success is not only defined by victory but also by the knowledge gained, the skills honed, and the camaraderie forged during the journey.

Meanwhile, Joel M. Pilotin, Regional Director (Officer-in-Charge) of TESDA Pangasinan, expressed gratitude to Gov. Ramon V. Guico III for his continued support of the skills development endeavors of TESDA.

RD Pilotin is even more optimistic that Region 1 has a great chance in the national competition.

“Palagay ko naman malaki ang ating tsansa dito kasi talagang pinaghandaan natin, nag best effort po ang mga probinsiya ng buong Region 1 upang sa gayon, sana naman ay makakakuha tayo ng medalya doon sa Philippine National Skills Competition,” he said.

Medals and cash await winners of the regional competition, but more than the cash prize, Pilotin said that it is more important to have good competitors that will represent the entire Region 1.
The RSC winners will be announced on December 19.

Acknowledgment of Participants, Presentation of Experts and Competitors, Oath of Skills Competition, Hoisting of Banners, Cutting of Chains, Declaration of the RSC Opening, and Singing of the TESDA Way formed part of the opening activity.

Gracing the RSC were Regional Director (Officer-in-Charge) TESDA Pangasinan; Provincial Director, PO Ilocos Sur Larry F. Dizon; Ilocos Norte Provincial Director Socorro F. Galanto; RTESD Chairman Robert Ranchez; Chief TESD Specialist, RO 1 Cresencia B. Boac; Administrator, RTC Vice Chair Technical Committee Artemio S. Pulido; and SUPVG. TESD Specialist, PO Pang. Ronald Allan M. Sta. Ana, Chief Administrative Officer Sharon S. Estigoy, and other TESDA-Region 1 dignitaries and officials.

(Chona C. Bugayong, Omar Cruz,/ PIMRO)

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Gov. Guico: “2024 will be exciting and more challenging for us”

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—Governor Ramon V. Guico III led the last flag-raising ceremony for the year 2023 today, December 18, at the Capitol Ground.

In his message, he expressed his gratitude to all department heads and the thousands of employees for their loyalty and dedication to the organization.

“Let us end our 2023 feeling grateful and thankful,” he said as he added that 2024 will be an exciting and more challenging year for everyone.

Expressing his desire to better serve his constituents through various programs and projects, the governor said that the province will be harvesting its first-ever salt since the provincial government under his term took charge of the management of the Salt Farm located in Brgy. Zaragoza, Bolinao town.

“We will be harvesting our first salt on December 21,” Gov. Guico happily announced, as he further stated that it is appropriate to appreciate the efforts and hard work of the men and women behind the operation of the salt farm.

It can be recalled that the 473-hectare salt farm in Bolinao town remained unproductive for two years before the Guico administration took the mantle of responsibility for operating the facility. The foreshore lease contract had expired in 2002 and was not renewed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). It was formerly operated by Pacific Farms Incorporated.

In addition, Gov. Guico disclosed that the province will groundbreak the Pangasinan Link Expressway, a big-impact infrastructure project, in the first quarter of 2024.

He likewise mentioned that more programs and projects will be implemented by the provincial government, such as the Bolinao Airport, the project for Lingayen being the capital town, and Manaoag being the most visited town in Pangasinan.

(Ruby R. Bernardino/Pangasinan Information and Media Relations Office)

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Governor Guico gives early christmas treat to Barangay frontline workers

More than four thousand barangay frontline workers received their early Christmas gifts from the provincial government in recognition and appreciation for their unwavering sacrifices and services during the Christmas Fellowship Program held on December 15.

The recipients were the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPOs) and Child Development Workers (CDWs) from the towns of Manaoag, San Jacinto, San Fabian, Mangaldan, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, Mapandan, and San Carlos City, respectively.

“Ako ay nagpapasalamat kay Gov. Guico sa ibinigay niya sa amin. Ito ay malaking tulong para sa amin at makakapag-bigay din sa amin ng kasiyahan lalong-lalo na at malapit na ang Pasko,said Virgincita Gundayao, BHW of Brgy. Cobol, San Carlos City, said.

Spearheading the said activity, Gov. Ramon V. Guico III highlighted health as one of his administration’s priority programs.

Gov. Guico disclosed the province’s five-year Hospital Modernization Program to improve and develop the 14 hospitals in the province.

In line with this, the governor said the province had already purchased one MRI, seven CT scans, 19 X-ray machines, and 22 new ultrasound machines, which will be distributed in the 14 hospitals of the province.

The governor likewise disclosed that the provincial hospitals cater to about 700,000 to 1 million patients in one year.

Singing the same tune, Vice Gov. Mark Ronald Lambino also said that the province is doing everything for the good of all.

“Siyempre, huwag po nating kalilimutan na lahat ng ginagawa natin ay hindi lamang po para sa ating sarili kundi para sa ating Diyos na Maykapal dahil yan ang pinaka-importante ngayong panahon ng Disyembre. Ito ang panahon ng pagsasama-sama ng pamilya at mga magkakamag-anak at panahon na kilalanin yong kapanganakan ng ating mahal na Hesu Kristo,” was part of VG Lambino’s message to the Brgy. Frontliners.

Joining the governor and vice governor in gracing and greeting the barangay frontline workers this holiday season were Sangguniang Panlalawigan members and LGU officials. (Chona C. Bugayong/Carlo Dela Cruz/Omar Cruz/PIMRO)


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Highest nutrition seal awarded to Pangasinan

Lingayen, Pangasinan—Pangasinan is the only province in Region 1 that was accorded the Green Banner Seal of Compliance (GBSC), the highest nutrition seal of compliance given to a Local Government Unit (LGU), for its exemplary performance in the implementation of nutrition programs and sustainable health governance.

The 2022 GBSC was awarded to the province for passing the minimum criteria for Green Banner with an overall Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation Protocol (MELLPI PRO) rating of 91.77 conferred by the Regional Nutrition Committee of Region 1 during the Gawad Parangal sa Nutrisyon held on November 23, 2023, at Hotel Ariana, Bawang, La Union.

Receiving the prestigious GBSC award for two consecutive years, CY 2021 and CY 2022, respectively, magnifies the cohesive efforts of the provincial government in implementing quality nutrition interventions to combat and address nutrition issues, especially among children.

The undertaking speaks of acknowledging the efforts of the provincial government and the PNC towards achieving what the PNC has envisioned for Pangasinan as the home of the well-nourished and healthiest Pangasinense.

Moreover, various accolades have so far been received by the province under the stewardship of Gov. Ramon V. Guico III, together with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Gov. Mark Ronald DG Lambino.

The province’s various programs relative to health reflect good governance and best practices that significantly yield positive results.

Some of the significant programs on health under the Guico administration include the newly created Hospital Management Service Office, which is focused on providing quality and speedy health services among Pangasinenses.

Among its flagship programs are PhilHealth Konsulta, Universal Health Care, providing doctors for the 14 government hospitals in the province, and currently, the MAIP, or Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients/financially incapacitated patients.

(Chona C. Bugayong/PIMRO)

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PMDC lauded for a productive 2023

Lingayen, Pangasinan – Vice Gov. Mark Ronald DG Lambino lauded the Pangasinan Migration and Development Council (PMDC) officials and members for a successful and productive year during the year-end assessment meeting held on December 13 at the Pangasinan PESO Multi-Purpose Hall, Capitol Complex, here.
“A lot of things have been done, a lot more things will be done, and a lot more things can be done. Basta sama-sama po tayong nagtratrabaho at lahat ng ginagawa natin ay para sa Diyos at para sa Pangasinan. I see bigger opportunities and bigger stars in your outputs come 2024.”
Likewise, the Vice Governor shared some of the significant plans and programs that would improve the lives of Pangasinenses, such as the proposed construction of an OFW Academy in the province.

VG Lambino further disclosed that said program was designed to help our citizens in the labor force and aimed to train them to be ready to work locally and internationally, in particular, in preparation for the job opportunities that will open up in Asia and the Korean Penisula.
On a similar note, Executive Assistant II Ronn Dale Castillo who represented Gov. Ramon V. Guico III acknowledged the efforts and sacrifices of the PMDC as he called for their continued support and commitment to serve even more as the governor tries to push the boundaries and limits of Pangasinan, especially in employment and migration services.

“Please do not lose your hearts; keep the fire in serving our province and in serving our people because the governor is with you. He will never get tired of serving the people of Pangasinan because he sees inspiration in you,” Atty. Castillo said.

Discussed during the PMDC Year-end Meeting include the DMW Programs and Future Plans, Ways Forward and the presentation of Highlights of Accomplishments to wit: Pangasinan OFW Desk/Assistance to OFWs (a total of 12,005 active and returning OFWs and their dependents were given various assistance); Anti-illegal Recruitment Campaign (conducted series of Pre-employment Orientation Seminars with Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking in Persons campaign benefitting 3,155 jobseekers for local and overseas employment, OFWs and their families, municipal and barangay officials and government employees from January to October 2023); Capability Building on Migration and Development Program Attendees; Recovery Programs for Displaced/Distressed OFWs; Pangkabuhayan Caravan para sa OFWs (a total of 185 dispalced OFWs were provided with financial assistance amounting to P5,000 each as start-up capital to help them engage in livelihood or small business for the year 2023); and, the first-ever Bolun Awards 2023.

(Chona C. Bugayong / Omar Cruz /PIMRO)

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SP approves ordinance on Teen Pregnancy Reduction Program

Lingayen, Pangasinan-In an effort to address the rising rate of teenage pregnancy in the province, SPM Shiela Marie F. Baniqued and SPM Rosary Gracia P. Perez-Tababa authored an ordinance on the Teen Pregnancy Reduction Program of the province.

During one of its committee hearings, the Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program under the Family Health Cluster of the Provincial Health Office revealed that there is a steady rise in the number of recorded pregnancies in Pangasinan.

It was further noted that most recorded teenage pregnancies come from 3rd to 5th-income class municipalities.

Teenage pregnancy has been attributed to early sexual debuts,lack of access to comprehensive sex information, and education. Parents, who are identified by adolescents as one of their preferred sources of information on sexual reproductive health, have limited communication skills, lack access to family planning services, the cultural practices of early union, and a lack of adolescent sexuality and reproductive health (ASHR) policies and their full implementation.

Apparently, due to the current rate of adolescent pregnancy, this concern has been regarded as a national social emergency affecting the holistic health and total development of an individual, including profound implications for the family, community, and the country’s overall socio-economic development.

In addressing issues related to teenage pregnancy, the passage of said legislation was vital because teenage pregnancy robs a girl of a better future, not only for herself but also for her children.

However, this can be addressed by empowering young people to make informed decisions about their lives.

Thus, there is a call for collective efforts from all sectors of society, including the government, private sectors, civil society organizations, communities, parents, caregivers, and the entire citizenry, including the youth themselves.

The Provincial Adolescent Health Development Council (PAHDC), headed by Gov. Ramon V. Guico III, will be the overall coordinating body for the formulation and implementation of the Adolescent Health Development Program Strategy and Plan of the province, with emphasis on the reduction of unintended teen pregnancies and adolescent childbirths.

(Chona C. Bugayong / PIMRO)

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Pangasinan Capitol Complex modernization, underway

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—Comprehensive transformation and a modernized version of the Provincial Capitol Complex will take place in 2024.

A significant landmark of the province, the Provincial Capitol Complex has long served as a mecca for different governmental activities and a hub for various public services.

In line with this, the Pangasinan Provincial Board has approved a resolution, which was authored by Board Member Salvador S. Perez, Jr., on December 11, favorably endorsing and interposing no objection to the proposed redevelopment of the said area.

Aiming to enhance functionality, aesthetics, and accessibility, the project will include the revitalization of existing buildings, the construction of new facilities, the implementation of green spaces, and improvements to infrastructure, public amenities, and the war memorial.

“The benefits of this redevelopment project extend beyond mere physical renovations,” the resolution stated as it further disclosed that the new edifices will be better equipped to accommodate the increasing demands of government services, fostering effective decision-making processes and improved service delivery for the constituents.

To realize the big-impact infrastructure project, a public consultation was held on November 21 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC)-1, involving various stakeholders.

As this developed, the provincial government coordinated with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines relative to the relocation of historical landmarks and relics at the War Memorial. New locations for historical landmarks and relics have been integrated into the redevelopment plan.

It can be recalled that in November of this year, Governor Ramon V. Guico III, Vice Governor Mark Ronald DG. Lambino, along with some members of the board, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office headed by Engr. Amelia M. Zamudio and Engr. Edita L. Manue of DPWH 2nd Provincial Engineering District led the groundbreaking ceremony and the laying of the time capsule for the Reflecting Pool and Interactive Fountain Project, a component of the redevelopment of the Provincial Capitol Complex.

“Due to changing times and evolving needs, it is essential to adapt and modernize the infrastructure to better serve the public,” the resolution also stated.

(Ruby R. Bernardino/Pangasinan Information and Media Relations Office)

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Pangasinan backs national housing program

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—Governor Ramon V. Guico III is set to enter into and sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of a mixed-use integrated infrastructure for housing and sustainable communities in the province under the Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pamilyang Pilipino (4PH) Program.

This developed after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), in its regular session on December 11, approved a resolution authored by SP Member Philip Theodore E. Cruz for the purpose.

Said MOU will seal and formalize the partnership of the provincial government with Zeta World Realty, Inc., and Sheirman Construction Consolidated, Inc. Both companies, which signified their intention to participate in the housing program, possess extensive experience in property development as well as expertise in the fields of housing construction and community development.

The resolution stated that the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, in support of the 4PH flagship program, commits to assist in identifying and allocating to the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) potential housing sites for the development of housing sites in partnership with reputable real estate developers.

The DHSUD was created as the primary government agency responsible for the management of housing, human settlements, and urban development. The 4PH program, on the other hand, is a flagship program of the national government that aims to address the more than six million housing backlog by the year 2028.

“Section 17 (b) (3) (viii) of Republic Act 7160 known as the Local Government Code of 1991 mandates Provinces to provide programs and projects for low-cost housing and mass dwellings, including socialized housing, settlement and relocation facilities,” the SP resolution stated.

Moreover, the resolution further disclosed that “RA 7279 also explicitly seeks to improve the capability of Local Government Units (LGUs) in undertaking urban development and housing programs and projects and underscores the critical role of the LGUs, such as the Province of Pangasinan, which is undisputably in the best position to initiate, execute, implement, and monitor comprehensive housing policies, programs, and plans for its homeless constituents.”

Zeta World Realty, Inc. and Sheirman Construction Consolidated Inc. will be represented by Mr. William Russell M. Sheirman, Jr., chairman and president.

(Ruby R. Bernardino/Pangasinan Information and Media Relations Office)

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Pangasinan to establish Provincial Learning and Development Institute

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—The Pangasinan Provincial Government, through the Human Resource Management and Development Office (HRMDO), is set to provide opportunities to other human resource practitioners, leaders, and learners from across various organizations through a learning arm.

Thus, an ordinance authored by Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Jerry Agerico B. Rosario was approved by the provincial board on December 11 to institutionalize the organization, establishment, and operation of the Provincial Learning and Development Institute (PLDI).

The PLDI will be the learning arm of the provincial government in developing the competencies of leaders and employees through carefully crafted training programs that will provide participants with full-proof technologies. Some of its functions are the following: provide competency-based learning and development programs; conduct continuous learning planning, design, monitoring, and evaluation of various training programs, seminars, and workshops that will be offered; conduct competency-based assessment; and adopt a continuing professional development program and technology.

As stated in the ordinance, “the institutionalization of the organization, establishment, and operation of the PLDI shall further skills development, improving knowledge, skills, and attitudes of participants; support systems; sharing of best practices, programs, and processes with other organizations to help improve their human resource and organizational systems; synergy, building networks and partnerships with various local government units, agencies, and organizations to improve ease of doing business; and sustainability, generating income from course offerings and training programs to sustain human resource management and development programs.”

Learning and Development (L&D) is a continuous process of encouraging the professional development of employees. It involves analyzing skill gaps in the organization and designing training programs that empower employees with specific knowledge and skills that drive increased performance.

“The Civil Service Commission (CSC) aims to integrate competencies in the human resource systems of government agencies, not only in recruitment but also in training and employee development,” the ordinance likewise stated.

Manpower development is one of the priority thrusts of Governor Ramon V. Guico. Hence, the provision of innovative, effective, and integrated training programs that promote continuous learning growth for almost 6,000 provincial employees is essential.

(Ruby R. Bernardino/Provincial Information and Media Relations Office)

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Provincial Nutrition Evaluation Team, honored

Lingayen, Pangasinan—The presentation of the Certificate of Recognition to Members of the Provincial Nutrition Evaluation Team (PNET) highlighted the conduct of the Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) 4th Regular Consultative Meeting cum Program Implementation Review (PIR) held on December 7 at the PHO Conference Room, Palaris Building, here.

Analiza D. Miranda, Nutrition Program Manager and Presiding Officer, awarded said certificates to the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH), Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Department of Education SDO I Pangasinan, Department of Education SDO II Pangasinan, and Provincial Agriculture Office for their invaluable support and commitment in the conduct of the 2023 Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro during the 13th Provincial Health and Gawad Parangal sa Kalusugan held at the Sison Auditorium, Lingayen.

Moreover, Special Recognition awarded to the province during the ‘Gawad Parangal ng Nutrisyon sa Rehiyon Uno’ held at Hotel Ariana, Bauang, La Union on November 23 includes the following: First 1000 Days Program LGU Adopters in the Region; LGU With Established Nutrition Office; Consistent Reduction On Their Prevalence Rates From 2021-2023 Based on the Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus Results On The Following Indicators, namely: Combined Stunting & Severely Stunting, Combined Overweight and Obesity, and Combined Wasting & Severely Wasting.

Also discussed during the PNC year-end meeting were the Review of Agency Accomplishments Reports based on the Agency Plan (January-September 2023) PPA risk/opportunities through Situational Gap Analysis; Updating of Capacity Map of PNC members related to Nutrition; Deworming Program (1–19 years old); Status of Agency Accomplishment Reports; Adoption of National Nutrition Laws and Policies such as the ASIN Law (RA 8172), Food Fortification Law (RA 8976), RA No. 11148, EO 51, and DepEd Order No. 13 Series, 2017; and the Finalization of the 2024 Pangasinan Nutrition Action Plan (PNAP).

The Provincial Nutrition Program envisions Pangasinan as the home of the well-nourished and healthiest Pangasinense.

(Chona C. Bugayong / Orland Llemos PIMRO)