LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The Provincial Government of Pangasinan keeps on trails and bagging number 1 post of various endeavors as the province continues blazing to deliver premium services to the people of Pangasinan.
In his State of the Province Address (SOPA), Governor Amado I. Espino, III bared the accomplishments of his administration and present undertakings for a better Pangasinan.
The local government unit of Pangasinan received anew the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) conferred by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in 2017 for its superiority in local governance and complied with the development indicators set by the DILG.
“Lubos na nakakatuwa na maliban sa atin sa Provincial Government, apat na siyudad at 28 na munisipyo ng ating probinsya ang kasabay nating ginawaran din ng SGLG award,” said Governor Espino noting that Pangasinan garnered most of the awards in SGLG.
Through its progressive rehabilitation and upgrading of local road conditions, the DILG awarded Pangasinan as the No. 1 implementer of Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan ang Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran or KALSADA program and Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) 2017.
The provincial chief executed disclosed that 100% of provincial roads are now cemented and asphalted.
In unison with the national government campaign against illegal drugs, Pangasinan stays true to its call to achieve a drug-cleared province. In region 1, Pangasinan posted the highest percentage of drug-cleared barangays. In fact, 72% or 1,271 of the 1,368 barangays were so far drug-cleared based on the report of the Philippine Drug-Enhancement Agency (PDEA) – Region 1.
The province of Pangasinan is certainly a home to abundant agricultural products. Pangasinan remains as the top producer of bangus and some high value crops to include onion, mango and eggplant across the country.
“Dahil sa ating suporta sa agrikultura at dahil sa sipag ng ating mga magsasaka at mangingisda, nananatiling nangunguna ang Pangasinan,” Governor Espino stated as he commended the efforts and contribution of farmers and fisherfolks in the province.
In onion production, the Provincial Agriculture Office has recorded a four-time increase from 10,852 metric tons in 2016 to 47,991 metric tons in 2017. It can also be concluded that with 135,523 metric tons harvest, Pangasinan is still the number one producer of carabao mango in the Philippines. On the other hand, Pangasinan produced 46,166 metric tons of eggplant in 2017 with a minimal increase from 2017 harvest of about 45,642 metric tons.
With health as one of the pivotal development thrusts of the administration, Pangasinan Provincial Health Office, which administers 14 government hospitals in the province, continuously upholds its banner as the first and only stand-alone ISO certified provincial health office since 2014.
The province of Pangasinan also promotes utmost care to persons with disabilities (PWDs) as it even hones them to excel in different sporting events. During the recently concluded National Paralympic Games in Marikina City, Pangasinan PWD delegation bested delegations from other provinces and by hauling the most number of medals:15 gold, 16 silver and 5 bronze.
“Labis na ikinatutuwa po natin ito dahil katulong po tayo sa pagsulong ng mga programang naghuhubog hindi lamang sa ating mga atletang PWD, kundi ganun din sa mga ordinaryong may kapansanan,” Governor Espino added.
The first-ever Geo-Cloud Integrated Geographic Information System (GeoCloud Project) which elevates disaster preparedness and quick response during calamities, can also be found in the province of Pangasinan. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) chose Pangasinan as its pilot area in the country.
“Dahil dito, may kapasidad na tayo sa pagkalap ng detalyadong mapping and risk assessment para sa mas mabilis at epektibong pagresponde sa panahon ng sakuna,” Governor also stated.
Furthermore, Pangasinan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office– Water Search and Rescue (PDRRMO-WASAR) team who conducts regular rescue trainings among LGUs is the first-ever accredited basic WASAR trainers of the Philippine Coast Guard in the country.
On social media, the province of Pangasinan stays ahead and adapts with the convergence of technology for better and faster information dissemination through Facebook. The official Facebook page of the province has generated a total of 372,879 followers as of May 31 this year leaving behind other local government units in the country. As such, all postings and livestreaming sessions of the Facebook page reached about 51-M followers around the globe from January 2017 to May 31, 2018.
Another breakthrough of the provincial government of Pangasinan was the establishment of the first-ever government veterinary clininc in the region – the Pangasinan Provincial Veterinary Clinic which conducts rabies vaccination, animal treatment, deworming and neutering.
In addition to the progressive undertakings of the provincial government is the Weekly Coastal Clean-Up conducted every Friday at the Capitol Beachfront which reached its second year. This environment-friendly drive can be considered as the only coastal clean-up drive conducted regularly. /Shiella Mae C. De Guzman