SOPA of GATE Set Feb. 10
Lingayen— Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. will deliver his seventh State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Monday, February 10 at the Capitol Grandstand here.
Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. (center) shows the marker dedicated to servicemen and civilians of World War II to Australian Ambassador Bill Twedell (2nd from left), Returned Services League of Australia President James Curtis Smith (2nd from right) and Australian Royal Navy Warrant Officer Chuck Connor (right) during the celebration of the 69th Lingayen Gulf Landings and 7th Pangasinan Veterans’ Day last January 9 at the Veterans’ Park, Capitol Complex in Lingayen. The marker reminds the people of servicemen and civilians that include Australian soldiers who fought bravely against the imperial Japanese Forces and have lost their lives at the Lingayen Gulf during the World War II in 1944-1945. The Australian soldiers were then on board the Her Majesty’s Australian Ship. Joining Gov. Espino is Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. (left). (PIO Photo by Meinard Sadim)
Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard F. Baraan said in an interview yesterday that the SOPA will specifically not only dwell on the feats of the province but will embody the aspirations of the governor who is on his final term of office.
Baraan said that the governor’s SOPA is “simple yet meaty.”
Expected to join the governor on the big event are the key officials of the provincial government, the department heads and chiefs of hospitals, congressmen and local chief executives, representatives of different government and non-government agencies/organizations, and students from various schools.
The affair will start with a thanksgiving mass at 7 in the morning followed by the main event which is the SOPA. This will be followed immediately by the traditional courtesy call.
“We are inviting the public to come and witness the event and listen to the governor as he delivers a factual report on how far the province had gone since he assumed his post as the provincial chief executive,” the provincial administrator disclosed.