Research on for birth of Pangasinan as province
By Danny O Sagun
Dagupan City (15 June) -- When was Pangasinan founded as a province?
Nobody as of now can point to the exact date but a special body was tasked to determine the possible birth date of the province.
In Executive Order No. 0024-2009, Gov.Amado T. Espino, Jr. formed the Committee on Research and Study of Pangasinan Charter with lawyer Gonzalo T. Duque, president of the Lyceum-Northwestern University as chairman. His vice-chairman is Board Member Alfonso Bince, Jr., while Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan was named coordinator of the research team.
With an initial funding of P100,000, the committee will dig into records, artifacts and other available information at the National Library and other institutions that could help trace the province's foundation date.
Duque, a former vice-governor, said the committee will consider the possibility of sending a team to Spain to further solidify research on the matter.
Named members of the research committee were Edgardo Quiros of the National Library, lawyer Armando Aquino, Pangasinan Heritage Society president Arabela V. Arcinue, tourism operations officer Ma. Luisa Elduayan, provincial legal consultant Dick Cayabyab, Provincial Librarian Evangeline Paragas, and Provincial Information Officer Orpheus Velasco.
There have been efforts to determine the birth of the province in the past. It was only this time however that a serious effort is being undertaken to finally settle the issue, it was observed.
Starting more than a decade ago, the province began observing November 13 as Pangasinan Day in honor of the late House Speaker Eugenio Perez.
But many sectors wanted a separate date for the celebration of Pangasinan founding anniversary.
With six months to work on the project, Duque expressed optimism his group will come out with a date before the deadline.
Duque said the team will consider dates such as December 11, 1611 and July 11, 1898 as well April 15, 1572. If it was year 1611, then the province would be celebrating its 400th Charter anniversary next year.
The next meeting of the committee will be on July 9 at the sangguniang panlalawigan session hall where committee members will submit their individual reports. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]