Espino to constituents: Help me develop Pangasinan
by Danny O. Sagun
Lingayen, Pangasinan (28 June) -- Re-elected Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. rallied his provincemates Monday to unite and work hand in hand for the progress of Pangasinan.
Espino made the call in his Inaugural Address following his oathtaking at the renovated Sison Auditorium here before the Regional Trial Court Judge Georgina Hidalgo. The judge also administered the oath for Vice-Gov. Ferdinand Calimlim and the 12 board members.
He said that with everybody's help, the province can achieve its goal of change and progress. "Kailangan nating pag-ibayuhin ang lahat ng ating naumpisahan. Kaya't ako'y naniniwala at umaasa na sa naipakita nating tagumpay at bunga ng ating pagsisikap, maaantig natin ang damdamin ng bawat mamamayan? maturuan natin ang bawat isa na kumilos? dahil kung hindi, wala tayong patutunguhan."
The governor, whose winning margin was unprecedented in Pangasinan's political history, admitted that he was duly concerned with the huge responsibility put in his shoulders by the electorate. He recalled the problems he had faced in his first term as governor, one of which was the reluctance of many government workers to accept change in the system.
"Mahirap, ngunit unti-unti nating naiwasto ang mga maling sistema at pamamalakad. Una, sa paghubog ng bagong pag-uugali at pananaw ng ating mismong kasamahan sa serbisyo," he said.
He said that after three years, his administration was able to effect needed programs and projects, thus bringing the province to the right path of change and progress.
But the work cannot be done by the governor or the provincial government alone, he stressed even as he rallied the town and cities to do their part in resolving problems on lack of potable water, comfort rooms, decent housing facilities, garbage disposal facilities and employment opportunities. "Inuulit ko, ang mga pangangailangan at suliraning ito ay dapat pagtuunan ng sapat na asikaso ng ating mga bayan at lungsod," he said.
With the province's great potentials and resources, he said that Pangasinan can achieve its 10-point agenda which includes the establishment of the Sual Commercial Seaport and the Lingayen Eco-Tourism Zone which will have its own airport to entice investors.
Three groups of Korean investors are interested in putting up big projects in Pangasinan--a electric car manufacturing plant, a retirement village, medical center, socialized housing, business-process-outsourcing, mining and port operations.
The help of all sectors is a must, he said." Sa lahat ng ito, kailangan ang malawakang pakikiisa at pagtulong ng taong-bayan, iba't-ibang sektor ng lipunan, mga bayan at lungsod, maging negosyo at industriya," he pointed out.
"Lalo nating paiigtingin ang pagsubaybay sa mga proyekto, gawain at pagkilos ng ating mga sangay ng pamahalaan, ng ating mga bayan at mga lungsod, mga iba't-ibang sektor ng lipunan upang ito ay maging gabay ng ating mas malakas at mas malawak na pagbibigay lunas sa mga karaingan ng ating bayan at ng mga mamamayan."
"Aking uulitin, dahil sa inyong tulong, alam ko kung saan dapat patungo ang ating lalawigan," he added. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]