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Provincial Council for the Protection of Children holds 1st Quarter Meeting

Fifth District Board Member and PCPC Vice Chairperson Rosary Gracia ‘Chinky’ Perez-Tababa presided over the 1st Quarter Meeting of the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC) and of the Local Committee on Anti-Trafficking and Violence Against Women and Their Children (LCAT-VAWC).

Held on March 22, the meeting was aimed at providing regular updates on ongoing projects, initiatives, and other important concerns.

The council works to ensure that the priorities of Child 21 are mainstreamed into local development plans and policies.

Discussed by DILG representatives were: orientation and updates on child-friendly local governance and the local council for the protection of children; comprehensive guidelines for the establishment, strengthening, and monitoring of the local council for the protection of children (LCPC) at all levels for other purposes; Council Against Trafficking; Violence Against Women Functionality Audit; Guidelines on the Operationalization of the Local Committee of Anti-Trafficking and Violence Against Women and Their Children; and other concerns.

A special meeting for the assessment and constituting of the general membership of the council was set for April 12.

The Pangasinan Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), headed by Annabel Terrado Roque, was the lead agency for the event.

(Chona C. Bugayong, Orland Llemos, and Omar Cruz // PIMRO)

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PSWDO conducts livelihood training for KALIPI and solo parents

The Federation of Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina, Inc. (KALIPI)-Pangasinan Chapter and the Pangasinan Federation of Solo Parents from Districts 1 to VI were the recipients of the Livelihood Training on Mushroom Processing.

Held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center 1 (PTDC 1) on March 20, the activity was conducted by the provincial government through the Pangasinan Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), headed by PGDH-PSWDO Annabel T. Roque.

This is in line with the Women’s Month celebration, aimed at empowering Filipino women and their families in economic development.

The training focused on learning mushroom processing with the assistance of the Learning Service Providers from the Provincial Agriculture Office.

Actual preparation and cooking demonstrations on mushroom chicharon, mushroom sisig, and mushroom crispy tempura were part of the training proper.

KALIPI Provincial Federation President Jocelyn Espejo from Bayambang Town expressed gratitude to Gov. Ramon V. Guico III for his support to women’s programs.

Gracing the occasion was 5th District Board Member and Chairperson on the Committee on Children, Women, Senior Citizens, Family Affairs, and Social Welfare, Rosary Gracia ‘Chinky’ Perez, Tababa.

(Chona C. Bugayong, Rafe Gabayeron/PIMRO)

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PGP, CITICORE Break Ground for 240MW Solar Plant

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—The Provincial Government of Pangasinan and Citicore Renewable Energy Corporation (CREC) laid the groundwork for the first solar power plant at Barangay Santa Catalina, Binalonan.

Governor Ramon V. Guico III and CREC President and CEO Oliver Y. Tan led the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony on March 20, 2024.

The solar facility, which will be constructed in two phases, will have a total installed capacity of 240 megawatts.

The initial phase of the project, which is expected to be completed this year, will have a capacity of 168 MW. The second phase, on the other hand, is set to add an additional 72 MW and is scheduled for completion in 2025.

When completed, the facility will generate 326 gigawatt-hours annually, enough to power 136,000 households.

CREC is also set to build five major solar and wind projects in Pangasinan, with two (2) already in the pipeline. A 270 MW solar plant and a 150 MW onshore wind power plant.

This project is part of Governor Guico’s push for greener investments in the province, aimed at creating thousands of jobs for Pangasinenses.

Pangasinan was chosen as a project site due to its stature as an ‘investment-friendly’ province, according to the CREC president.

CREC Chairman Edgar B. Saavedra, Binalonan Mayor Ramon Ronald V. Guico IV, and Ms. Liza Pangilinan, OIC-Department of Energy Solar Division, attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

(Kane Bernardino/PGO)

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Pangasinan history unfolds with the groundbreaking of PLEX

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—A historic moment for the province of Pangasinan took place on March 21 with the groundbreaking and unveiling of the marker of the multi-billion Pangasinan Link Expressway (PLEX) at Barangay Balligi, Laoac.

Ramon Ang, President and Executive Officer of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), Gov. Ramon V. Guico III, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Gov. Mark Ronald DG Lambino, and 5th District Representative Ramon Guico, Jr. led the activity. The event signaled the province’s commitment to further achieve sustainable infrastructure that will drive development, create more jobs, and spur economic growth.

Complementing each other with gratitude, the SMC and the province’s visionary leaders were the major players in bringing brighter hope for investments, infrastructure, and a wider range of development.

Gov. Guico expressed his thanks to all those behind the gigantic project, in particular business tycoon Ang, who personally graced the occasion.

In return, Ang thanked Gov. Guico and Vice Governor Lambino, who played a pivotal role in bringing the vision to life. ‘Your dedication reminds us that when we join hands for a common purpose, there is nothing we cannot accomplish,’ he said.

The construction of the 34-billion project was eyed as a big boost to the province’s economy and tourism and, subsequently, to the present administration’s entire thrust.

As Ang said, the unveiling of the marker for PLEX was a symbol of a monumental project that will improve the lives of Pangasinenses.

Expressing belief in the success of the project, the governor underscored the importance of PLEX in realizing the goals and objectives of his administration for the more than 3.1 million Pangasinenses. ‘We are given only one life, and God has given us this at, kung may nagawa tayong impact, ‘yun ang importante,’ the governor said as he added that other big-impact infrastructure projects are dependent on the construction of PLEX, such as the Bolinao Airport and upcoming seaport projects.

The multi-billion project has three main sections, including the 7-kilometer stretch from Binalonan to Manaoag, the 11.3-kilometer stretch from Manaoag to Calasiao, and the 2.1-kilometer stretch from Calasiao to Lingayen. A 2.4-kilometer spur road in Calasiao town is also included. A spur road or route refers to a short roadway that shall be formed from a longer road, such as a major roadway, and is considered an auxiliary route.

Designed to open many doors for other towns and cities, PLEX will provide ease of travel in and outside Pangasinan. It will shorten travel time from the TPLEX exit in Binalonan town to the capital town of Lingayen from 90 minutes to only 30 minutes or even less.

(Chona C. Bugayong & Ruby R. Bernardino/PIMRO)

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SMC, PGP break ground for P34-B Pangasinan Link Expressway

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—The groundbreaking of the Pangasinan Link Expressway (PLEx) Phase 1 will be held today, March 21, at Barangay Balligi, Laoac.

Spearheaded by Governor Ramon V. Guico III and Mr. Ramon S. Ang, President and Chief Executive Officer of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), the P34 billion project, which is a historic first in the province of Pangasinan, is part of the latter’s broader initiative to enhance the road networks in Central and Northern Luzon.

In this part of the province, PLEX is a realization of an ambitious dream of the governor to bolster the province’s economic and tourism growth and a “game changer” for Pangasinan.

It can be recalled that the joint venture and tollway concession agreements between the two parties were officially sealed on October 19, 2023.

The first phase of the 42.76-kilometer gigantic project will span from the town of Binalonan to the capital town of Lingayen.

Project segments include 6.9 kilometers (km.) from Binalonan to Manaoag; 11.3 km. From Manaoag to Calasiao; 2.39 km in the Calasiao area; and 22.7 km from Calasiao to Lingayen.

PLEX is a four-year public-private partnership initiative that is expected to change Pangasinan’s inland connectivity to facilitate faster movement of people, commodities, and services.

With its establishment, travel time from the town of Binalonan to Lingayen will be reduced from an hour and 40 minutes to only about 20 to 30 minutes.

In 35 years, PLEX will be owned by the province. (Ruby R. Bernardino/PIMRO)

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April 5, 2024, is a Special Non-Working Holiday in Pangasinan

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—Proclamation No. 498, s. 2024, signed by President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., stated that April 5, 2024 (Friday) was declared a ‘Special Non-Working Holiday’ in the Province of Pangasinan.

This is to commemorate the 444th Foundation Day of Pangasinan and to observe the significance of the historic day.

The proclamation came after Governor Ramon V. Guico III, through a letter sent to the President on February 6, requested the declaration of the said date as a holiday in Pangasinan to celebrate and observe the significance of the occasion.

The official foundation year of the province dates back to 1580, and under Provincial Ordinance No. 143-2010 crafted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, April 5 of every year was proclaimed as ‘Agew na Pangasinan (Pangasinan Day).’

Agew na Pangasinan was declared to give importance to the province’s rich history and diverse culture. The birth of the province manifests the love of identity of Pangasinenses, whose hearts long for the past, value the present, and care for the future. (Ruby R. Bernardino/PIMRO)

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Gov. Guico marks 49th birthday with outreach activities

Lingyen Pangasinan—Governor Ramon V. Guico III celebrated his birthday on March 19, which is uniquely different from the traditional way of celebrating life in the past by bringing his love closer to his constituents through an outreach program.

As part of his birthday celebration, the governor was joined by the entire officialdom of Pangasinan and the Capitol workforce in touching lives and making a difference, specifically through a feeding program.

All departments and hospitals simultaneously held and brought their outreach mission for a cause from the Capitol down to their identified feeding beneficiaries, which can be a school, hospital, or community.

When asked for her reaction, a teacher said, “Walong taon na akong nagtuturo dito sa Macayug Elementary School dito sa San Jacinto, ngayon ko lang naranasan na nagpa-birthday ang isang governor.”

The outreach mission was a simple yet eloquent expression of love for more than three million Pangasinenses who received positive responses and admiration for the governor.

Gov. Guico proves that only a governor with a heart can serve beyond himself for the general well-being of his people.

The activity was undertaken based on the governor’s belief that the most meaningful way of celebrating his special day is by serving God and by serving the people with the utmost love and concern. (Chona C. Bugayong/PIMRO)

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Limgas na Pangasinan 2024 candidates presented to media

Calasiao, Pangasinan—Twenty stunning beauties meet and greet the media during the Limgas na Pangasinan Press Presentation and Official Sashing held at the Monarch Hotel, Calasiao, on March 17.

After a series of screenings, the official candidates were formally presented and introduced to the local and national press.

Even under pressure, the candidates showed confidence, grace, and wit, as evidenced during the traditional Q&A—very typical of what a Pangasinense woman should be.

The ladies expressed their thoughts on some substance issues and shared their nuggets of wisdom, showing their strong potential towards becoming ‘Darling of the Press, Ms. Photogenic, Limgas na Pangasinan Crown, and eventually to the national pageant.

Vice Governor Mark Ronald DG Lambino, who represented the governor, said that the best way to present the beauty, grace, and capability of the province will be the Limgas na Pangasinan.

Meanwhile, as the ‘Limgas na Pangasinan Committee Chairperson, First Lady Maan Tuazon, said, the project aimed to encourage women to be independent, to focus on their beliefs, and more so, to give them purpose.

The event also showcases the culture, arts, and tourism of the province.

The First Lady is hopeful that after the activity, the ladies will not only have beauty but, likewise, a noble purpose in their advocacy and a heart to serve the province of Pangasinan.

During the press conference, the First Lady said that every year, they do one charity during the pageant; however, it changes depending on the availability and circumstances.

This year, they went to Pototan Elementary School in Binmaley to fix the water system of the school and provide hygiene kits and some grocery packs.

Candidates were officially sashed by their respective local executives or their tourism officers.

Limgas na Pangasinan winners will have a chance to work with the three well-known designers as well as become part of the national pageant.

Winners will receive cash prizes, while the LGUs of the winning candidates will receive financial grants from the province to support or promote certain projects.

Atty. Melanie Lambino, Vice Chairman of the Limgas naPangasinan Committee, said touching lives is an important legacy to her.

Atty. Melanie Lambino, together with 1st district Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Apolonia Bacay, pledged their support to the noble undertakings of the Ina ng Pangasinan. (Chona C. Bugayong, Orland Llemos, Joey Olimpo, Kenneth Dela Cruz, and PIMRO)

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Capitol Complex redevelopment to transform Lingayen as ‘Singapore and Japan of the North’

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—Governor Ramon V. Guico’s dream to redevelop the Capitol Complex will eventually transform Lingayen into ‘Singapore and Japan of the North’, with the establishment of the Reflecting Pool and Interactive Fountain as a showroom of lush vegetation and a burst of pink trumpet blooms.

This was disclosed during the second public consultation meeting for the redevelopment of Capitol Complex, which was attended by some members of the provincial board and some department heads on March 14 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC).

Provincial Housing and Urban Development Officer Alvin Bigay said planting native trees is considered by the provincial government as the best alternative or replacement for the trees that were and will be cut. “For every tree, na puputulin ay papalitan ng 50 seedlings. ‘Yong pwedeng i-earthball ay ating gagawin para ma-preserve ang mga puno, then pwedeng ilagay natin saEco-Park sa Bugallon,” he stated.

As planned, Tabebuia rosea, which resembles Japan’s cherry blossom, will be planted in the area. Native trees will also be planted to achieve a verdant view and to become the sanctuary of birds and fireflies at sundown.

In the public consultation, Celso Salazar, former CENRO-Dagupan City chief and now president of Pangasinan Native Trees Enthusiasts, Inc., discussed the significance of planting native trees and plants like dillenia or katmon, narra, and ylang-ylang. All species are ideal for urban landscaping and greening.

Salazar, on the other hand, discouraged the public from planting invasive trees like mahogany and ipil-ipil. Mahogany, he said, releases chemicals that can harm its environment.

Expressing support for the project, Salazar cited that most of the 64 trees that were previously cut at the Capitol complex were invasive trees. Invasive trees affect habitats and bioregions, causing environmental and ecological damage.

Meanwhile, Nathaniel Soriano, chairman of the FADZ+Casanova Design Team, assured the public that all factors were considered in the redevelopment of the Capitol Complex. “All factors are considered, even the accessibility of the PWD (persons with disabilities) and the elders (senior citizens), for them to enjoy the facilities,” he said.

In addition, Soriano assured that the water feature to be developed would not cause harm to the environment. “May mga makabagong pamamaraan na para mai-address ng epektibo ang pangangailangan ng resources natin—tubig, kuryente, etcetera. When it comes to energy or building systems, marami pong paraan at asahan ninyo na ‘yong sistema ay kontrolado ng building official natin,” he said, adding that part of development is responsibility.

Speaking for the provincial government, Atty. Geronimo S. Abad said that solar energy will be utilized for the project. He also stated that the provincial government will strictly implement proper waste management to ensure that the project will be environmentally friendly and adhere to the Solid Waste Management Act.

Enr. Bigay added that flooding within the Capitol Complex premises will also be addressed by the redevelopment.

Lingayen barangay captains Hipolito Caronongan(Libsong West) and Hiram Hidalgo (Poblacion), along with some 189 barangay residents, attended the public consultation.

It can be recalled that the first public consultation was held on October 21, 2023. (Ruby R. Bernardino/PIMRO

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1st Gov. Ramon V. Guico III Futsal Cup Across Our Friendly Borders kicks off

The 1st Gov. Ramon V. Guico III Futsal Cup Across Our Friendly Borders kicked off at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) Basketball Gym on March 16.

Football Association: Pangasinan General Secretary, and Pangasinan Sports Development and Management Council (PSMDC) Head Leo C. Arnaiz led the formal opening of the two-day tournament featuring 13 teams from various football clubs and associations.

“Ang plano ng Presidente ng Pangasinan Football Association, Gov. Ramon V. Guico III, ay maging Number one tayo hindi lang sa Pangasinan kundi, sa buong Pilipinas,” Arnaiz said.

He encouraged players to dream big and thanked the Philippine Football Federation for their unwavering support.

‘Hangarin natin ang mas mataas. We are one family in the family of football. Let us do the right thing,he added.

Former football player and Head of the Tournament Roderick De Guzman described football as a game of people with discipline.

“Ang football ay nilalaro ng mga taong may tiyaga, ng mga taong kayang manalo na hindi nanakit.”

Sharing his nuggets of wisdom as a player himself, De Guzman said, “Ituloy natin ang ating pangarap at disiplina para magkaroon tayo ng maayos na karakter. Ituloy natin ang pagsisikap na aralin ang lahat-lahat na technical na bagay dahil dalawa ang importante sa football, you need to know your technical know-how and you need to develop your character.”

The football players will vie for the championship in five categories, namely: Boys 19U (player still has to be 19 years old on March 16/17), Boys U17 (born 2006), Girls U17 (born 2006), Boys U15 (born 2008), and Mixed U12 (born 2011).

Joining the competition were Binalonan Football Clubs, Sison Football Club, Pozorrubio United Football Association, Agoo Football Club, Lipit Football Club, Bahamanan Dica Football Club, Laoag City Football Club (Ilocos Norte Football Association), Central Luzon Region Football Association, Manaoag United Football Club, Dagupan City Bangus Football Club, North Central Luzon Football Club, Salaan Palua Football Club, and Mangaldan Football Club.

Trophies and medals await the winners. (Chona C. Bugayong, Orland Llemos, / PIMRO)

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21 lovely and witty candidates vie for Limgas na Pangasinan 2024 crown

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—Twenty-one (21) equally lovely and witty candidates representing different towns and cities in the province will vie for the prestigious crown of 2024 Limgas na Pangasinan.

For the first time, the 21 official candidates were presented by the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) during the flag-raising ceremony at the Capitol grounds on March 11, followed by a meet and greet with provincial officials at the Urduja House.

Pangasinan First Lady Maan Tuazon-Guico, who is the pageant chairperson, vowed to transform Limgas na Pangasinan to become the mother of all beauty pageants in the province with the help of Aces and Queens, a beauty camp that provides training and coaching to pageant candidates.

“We, Governor Ramon V. Guico III, and I have a lot of advocacies here in Pangasinan that will uplift the culture, arts, and tourism of our province together with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan,” she said.

Aside from the title of Limgas na Pangasinan World, two other titles are at stake: Limgas na Pangasinan Mutya and Limgas na Pangasinan Grand. The three title holders will represent the province in the national pageants: Miss World, Mutya ng Pilipinas, and Miss Grand International.

This year’s roster of candidates are as follows: Camille Angela Suratos (Mangaldan), Rhein Nacynete M. Valdez (San Carlos City), Kathleen Jane M. Andaya (Villasis), Kayzel B. Nacion (Rosales), Jenesse Viktoria D. Mejia (Malasiqui), Lyha Yzihienne M. Laylo (Pozorrubio), Rebecca Rose P. Ayudan (Urbiztondo), Alyssa Jeneveve Padillon (Urdaneta City), Reeven L. Sabado (Umingan), Yra May M. Secretario (San Manuel), Ruth Mae S. Artates (Sual), Jay Ann Zarate (Manaoag), Andrea R. Cayabyab (San Fabian), Pearline Joy M. Bayog (Lingayen), Izzy Nina V. Bernardino (Sta. Barbara), Tonette Alexandrea G. Mendoza (Mangatarem), Paulie Alexa F. Camat (Binalonan), Irish Ann D. Caido (Asingan), Danica N. Maglalang (Mapandan), Jary L. Padica (Balungao), and Diana Mae B. Pangan (Calasiao).

The 21 official candidates will be presented before members of the media on March 17 at the Monarch Hotel in Calasiao. (Ruby R. Bernardino/PIMRO)

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Provincial Govt. to hold first-ever Film Festival in Pangasinan

Lingayen, Pangasinan—To establish Pangasinan as a preeminent creative hub of the country, the Provincial Government of Pangasinan (PGP) will hold the first-ever film festival in Pangasinan.

Dubbed ‘PangaSINE Film Festival 2024,’ the activity will serve as one of the highlights of Pista’y Dayat (Sea Festival) this year.

As an initial step, Governor Ramon V. Guico III will sign a contract agreement with Mr. Narciso N. Santos, Jr., for the conduct of the activity.

A resolution was authored by Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Marinor B. de Guzman and approved by the august body on March 12.

“For this year’s celebration of the Pista’y Dayat, Mr. Narciso N. Santos, Jr., shall be the strategic partner of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan in the presentation of PangaSINE 2024: Official Film Festival of the Province of Pangasinan, with its festival theme: “Pangasinan Through the Lens of the Pangasinense,” the resolution partly stated.

Film-making workshops will be held primarily to encourage creativity through filmmaking, discover and nurture Pangasinenses to have the talent and skill in filmmaking, and produce meaningful and quality films that are exclusively made in Pangasinan.

Based on the project proposal presented by Pangasinan Information and Media Relations Officer Dhobie P. de Guzman, the event hopes to “source, curate, and exhibit 10 outstanding short films by homegrown filmmakers; conduct short courses (for students or individuals) in story writing, screen/scriptwriting, producing, directing, cinematography/principal photography, sound editing and design, film/video editing, and film appreciation.”

There are four essential elements the festival hopes to see. These are as follows: 1) narratives from the past that greatly influenced the present-day Pangasinense; 2) the vibrant and ever-changing culture of Pangasinan today; 3) storytelling techniques that fuse the traditional and modern; 4) the hopes, dreams, triumphs, and challenges of the modern Pangasinense, particularly of the youth.

(Ruby R. Bernardino/PIMRO)