P’sinan’s Landscape Significantly Changed under Espino – Pogi
POGI, BONA, AND MACHETE: Board Member Amado “Pogi” Espino III receives a token plaque of appreciation composed of a set of the town made machete from Mangaldan Mayor Bonafe de Vera-Parayno (2ND From left) and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan (council) when he graced the coronation of Mrs. Mangaldan held at the town’s public plaza in the night of March 8.
MANGALDAN – “The landscape of Pangasinan has leveled up under Governor (Amado T.) Espino) ,” this what Board Member Amado “Pogi” Espino III, president of the League of Barangays in the province, told the sea of spectators who witnessed recently the crowning of Mrs. Mangaldan here.
The event that culminated the series of activities in a month long fiesta celebration this year was led by Mayor Bonafe de Vera-Parayno in the night of March 8 at the public plaza here.
LADIES OF THE NIGHT IN BLACK: Mangaldan Mayor Bonafe de Vera-Parayno strikes a pose with last year’s winner of Miss Mangaldan during the coronation night of Mrs. Mangaldan held at the public plaza in the night of March 8.
“To balikbayans who lived in other countries don’t get tired visiting Pangasinan. People here who have relatives abroad invite your kin to visit Pangasinan. The province is far more different to the Pangasinan before,” Espino, clad in an immaculate white barong Tagalog, exhorted the thousands of crowd who flocked to the public plaza to witness the program.
“Event like this is not new for me since I became a mayor of Bautista for nine years”.
Espino stressed that fiesta is where town’s folks joined each other to celebrate the blessing of a bountiful harvest.
Meanwhile, Mayor de Vera told the crowd that aside from being the best governor the province has ever had, the older Espino was a decorated police officer in his stints in Pampanga, Pangasinan until he became the police regional office director in Region 1 in La Union.
“He was responsible in the apprehension of top communist officials like Kumander Dante”.
De Vera-Parayno, a relative of Espino, enumerated his feats as the top executive of the province in his stints in the last six years.
She said Pangasinan has consistently received the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Likas Yaman regional award from the DENR, a national award from BFAR, and a National Outstanding LGU award from the Phil Jaycees, for this particular sustained effort.
It is also a regional Hall of Famer in hospital management and health program implementation. Just recently, last February 4-5, the provincial officials of Cebu, accompanied by no less than Governor Jun-Jun Davide, came for a benchmarking and learning tour of our provincial hospitals.
In regard to agriculture, the mayor cited Pangasinan as a consistent national awardee as one of the top rice and corn producing provinces in the whole country, and recognized as a best performing province in fisheries development.
“On the whole, as concrete proof of the positive results of our major development initiatives, Pangasinan eclipsed the country in poverty alleviation, from 2006 to 2012, a period which coincides with the first two terms of Governor Espino. She added that according to the report from the National Statistical Coordination Board, Pangasinan registered a reduction in poverty incidence of 9.5%, which is much higher than the 1.1% national figure on poverty reduction, which was registered for the same period,” she stressed.