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PIA Press Release
2010/09/08

Pangasinan gov asks mayors to shorten fiesta activities

Lingayen, Pangasinan (8 September) -- Local governments must use their limited resources sensibly and reasonably.

This in a nustshell was the message of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. to local executives who paid him a courtesy call last Monday.

Espino said that while he was not against the celebration of fiestas, the activities could at least be shortened. "The real meaning of fiestas is already lost among our provincemates," he said. Instead of going to church for thanksgiving, people indulge in unrelated activities to celebrate an over-extended fiesta, he noted.

"Let us have the political will to do things for a change. Totohanin natin ang trabaho natin sa nalalabing panahon ng ating termino," the governor likewise said.

He said that in his visits to South Korea and Taiwan, he saw the vast improvements in these countries that, he said, made him envious because the two countries used to lag behind the Philippines decades ago. "Nahihiya ako sa kinalalagyan natin ngayon," he said.

He said he will facilitate a tour for the mayors to visit these countries to personally see their development and hopefully bring back something for Pangasinan?s agriculture, fishery and tourism industries. "I cannot relate the things I saw if you have not seen them personally," he said.

The ongoing provincewide clean-up of rivers is a test of leadership, Espino said. "We want the people to know that their leaders are not only for the entrepreneurs who have invested in fish pens and cages."

He bared that construction of a golf course and a retirement village for local and foreign retirees at the Lingayen eco-tourism zone will start soon. A factory for electronic vehicles will also be put up there, according to him.

Pangasinan Mayors League newly-elected President Rodrigo Orduņa of Bugallon led the courtesy call. (PIO/PIA Pangasinan/dos) [top]

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