LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—Vice Governor Mark Ronald DG. Lambino warmly welcomed contingents from the Province of Kalinga led by Governor James S. Edduba in a short program on November 29 at the Sison Auditorium, here.
The Kalinga contingent is in Pangasinan for a benchmarking activity from November 28 to 30.
Vice Governor Lambino shared that a change in management style in terms of programs, particularly health, is one of the strategies implemented by Governor Ramon V. Guico’s administration.
The vice governor also stated that another concern the provincial government identified was the importance of connectivity and mobility. Hence, big-impact projects like the construction of the Pangasinan Link Expressway (PLEx) are pushed.
Meanwhile, Gov. Edduba hailed the provincial government of Pangasinan for its remarkable achievements in various development aspects. In fact, he stated that they chose Pangasinan as the venue of their benchmarking activity to learn about the best practices of the latter in terms of investment, income and tax revenue innovation, socio-economic tourism development, and natural resource preservation.
Likewise, the Kalinga governor noted that Pangasinan is a familiar place for him since he spent a year studying at one of the universities in the province during his college years.
Provincial Administrator Melicio F. Patague II, who represented Gov. Guico, attested to the efforts the provincial government exerted from day one of the provincial chief executive’s tenure.
PA Patague cited that the governor, along with the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), spearheaded by Vice Governor Lambino, and the department heads, exerted all efforts to plan, prepare, and start. “For a project to prosper, we have to set a good foundation,” the provincial administrator stated as he identified various projects initiated by the Guico administration, notably health reform, stricter tax collection imposition, corporate farming, and Pangasinan Green Canopy.
As part of the Kalinga group’s itinerary, they were toured to the different facilities of the provincial government, such as the Banaan Pangasinan Provincial Museum for their tourism site and enterprise center visit, and other provincial government facilities.
No less than Gov. Guico welcomed the group on their visit to the Urduja House, the official residence of the first family.
Aside from Gov. Edduba, the Kalinga delegates are comprised of some members of their provincial board, department heads, and representatives of local chief executives.
(Ruby R. Bernardino/Pangasinan Information and Media Relations Office)