Mission nearing fruition in Pangasinan, says provincial exec

January 26, 2011 1:00 pm 

By Leonardo V. Micua

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 26 — The mission and vision of the provincial government to make Pangasinan the country’s number one province is now nearing reality.

“In fact, we are almost there," said Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan in an interview on January 26 at the provincial capitol, about two weeks before Governor Amado Espino Jr. will deliver his State of the Province Address on February 7.

In the Ilocos Region, there is no doubt that Pangasinan is now the region’s leading province after it received numerous kudos and awards not only in contests sanctioned by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) but also the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and other government agencies.

“Our mission to become number one is now slowly taking shape and it is very likely that we will have a grand slam and receive the championship trophy for all the regional contests sanctioned by NEDA. Lahat ng mga contests ay number one tayo (We are number one in all the contests),” Baraan proudly said.

He added Pangasinan is now only awaiting the result of the contest launched by DILG for all local government units (LGUs) in terms of the implementation of development programs.

If Pangasinan will bag the title, he added, it will soon be a run-away winner for all government-sanctioned contests participated in by all LGUs in the region, Baraan added.

He said Pangasinan was already proclaimed as a hall of fame awardee in the Ilocos Region in two areas, after being declared champion in coastal resources management (CRM), and in statistics management.

This was realized when the province was regional winner for these two contests (coastal resources management and statistics) for three consecutive years.

At the same time, the province is also the region’s number one implementor of projects supporting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), separately with its program on poverty alleviation.

To date, Pangasinan is now also the leading province in the region in terms of tourist arrivals.

In the national scene, according to Baraan, the Citizens’ Charter of Pangasinan, which is a book that details what steps to be taken when seeking government service, was cited as outstanding and now the model throughout the country.

On the other hand, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry cited Pangasinan last year as the most business-friendly province throughout the country.

It is now also the number one province throughout the country in terms of giving universal coverage under the Philippine Health Insurance Program by enrolling the most number of indigent families among all Philippine provinces.

Records show Pangasinan already beat perennial topnotcher Bukidnon and Cebu in this year for two consecutive years now.

“But we recognize that the most important mission to make Pangasinan really number one is on poverty eradication. We believe that we will never become successful if there are many families in the province languishing in poverty,” Baraan said.

This is where Governor Espino, he added, is focusing his eyes on, thus is the reason why the province is now continuously inviting investors to put up projects that will generate employment for the people and income for the province by way of taxes. (PNA)

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