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List of Municipalities in the Pangasinan province within Region I in the Republic of The Philippines
Agno || Aguilar || Alcala || Anda || Asingan || Balungao || Bani || Basista || Bautista || Bayambang || Binalonan || Binmaley || Bolinao || Bugallon || Burgos || Calasiao || Dasol || Infanta || Labrador || Laoac || Lingayen (Capital) || Mabini || Malasiqui || Manaoag || Mangaldan || Mangatarem || Mapandan || Natividad || Pozzorubio || Rosales || San Fabian || San Jacinto || San Manuel || San Nicolas || San Quintin || Santa Barbara || Santa Maria || Santo Tomas || Sison || Sual || Tayug || Umingan || Urbiztondo || Villasis
Cities in the Province of Pangasinan: Alaminos City || Dagupan City || San Carlos City || Urdaneta City
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September is “Pangasinan Tourism Month”


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan Sept 2 (PIA) – The Pangasinan provincial board has declared September of every year as Pangasinan Tourism Month to strengthen the province's tourism program.

The board authorized the Tourism Operations Division of the Office of the Governor to spearhead the tourism month and plan and implement appropriate activities supportive to the declaration.

Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr., who authored the resolution, said the declaration is in line with the observance of World Tourism Day celebrated on September 27 as declared by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The declaration also supports the National Tourism Week marked every last week of September under Presidential Proclamation No. 894 in 1996.

Calimlim said the recognition will instill tourism in Pangasinan peoples' consciousness and raise awareness on the social, cultural, political and economic values of tourism among Pangasinenses.

Meanwhile, Provincial Tourism Officer Malou Elduayan disclosed that for the past years, Pangasinan showed an increasing trend in tourist arrivals.

The tourism office's latest record showed 250,165 tourist arrival based on hotel occupancy and 611,000 visitors based on guest arrivals in the province’s tourist destinations.

She added Pangasinan remains on the top spot among the four provinces in Region 1 in terms of tourist arrivals.

Pangasinan capitol goes 'paperless' in salary system


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Sept. 1 (PNA) -- The provincial government of Pangasinan has gone paperless with its automated teller machine (ATM)-supported payroll system.

This was after Governor Amado Espino Jr. led the inauguration of the ATM that will be used for the withdrawals of the provincial employees' respective salaries.

"All their (employees) payrolls, allowances, and other monetary benefits will be credited to their Land Bank visa debit card," said Liza Melendez, Land Bank of the Philippines-Lingayen Chapter manager.

"It is better since one can get his salary right in the capitol, remarked Corazon Patulan of the Provincial Accounting Office of their new payroll system.

She underscored the convenience and practicality of the ATM to her and other employees with regard to getting their salaries.

Espino said that the new system discourages the presence of "loan sharks" from whom employees avail of loans with high interests.

"We will install CCTV (close,circuit tv) camera," he added, noting that the employees themselves should be the ones to withdraw their salaries from the ATM.

Espino said they "will institute proceedings against the employees" if they let other people such as the "loan sharks" hold and process their ATM cards.

According to Melendez, they offered the ATM-payroll system to the provincial government for free as the Capitol is their "valued client."

Initially, 957 employees have received their ATM cards; and other employees' accounts are yet being processed.

The ATM machine is located in front of the Finance Building within the Capitol complex.

Melendez also said that they are planning to put up another ATM unit at the Capitol Building soon.

She assured security of their ATMs as she noted that their bank conducts routine check ups of the machines to downplay card cloning, among other scam tactics.

Apart from the ATM, the bank manager said they will propose another "paperless system"- the Land Bank mobile loan saver program- to the Capitol employees.

The program will allow eligible employees to avail of salary loan through text and online (electronic mail) application.

Vaccination vs polio, measles in Pangasinan slated this September

By Johanne Margarette R. Macob [(PNA), CTB/LVM/JMRM/LVMSENT FROM MY IPAD]

LINGAYEN,Pangasinan, Aug. 31 (PNA)--The provincial health office (PHO) together with the Department of Health (DOH) will conduct a province-wide vaccination against poliomyelitis or polio and measles this month of September.

PHO chief Dr. Ana Ma. Teresa De Guzman said that they will conduct massive immunization against polio and measles from Sept. 1-30 to at least 33,000 children.

The oral polio vaccination will be given to the 0-59 months old while the vaccination against measles will be provided to nine-59 months old.

So far in 2014, the PHO has recorded 0 case of polio.However, from January to August 25, 2014, there were 230 confirmed cases of measles or 423 percent higher than last year's with only 44 cases recorded.

According to the PHO data, measles have affected people from one to 39 years old but majority of the cases affected those with ages one to four.

Towns with highest prevalence of measles are Bolinao (26), San Carlos City (25), Lingayen (23), Bayambang (17), and Calasiao (12).

Measles is a viral infection with symptoms including rashes, fever, and cough and colds. Its complications may lead to blindness, pneumonia, and can even be fatal.

Meanwhile, De Guzman said they are closely monitoring water-borne diseases such as dengue, leptospirosis, typhoid fever, gastroenteritis, and rabies though these cases are still under control.

Pangasinan to receive PHP 4-M livelihood loan from DA


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 30 (PNA)--The province will soon be a recipient of the PHP 4 million worth of livestock livelihood loan assistance program under the Medium Term Agricultural Development Program (MTADP) of the Department of Agricuture (DA).

Dr. Eric Jose Perez, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OpVet), said a memorandum of agreement is set to be signed on September 3 by Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. together with Regional Executive Director Valentino Perdido during the ceremonial launching of the program at the Pangasinan Development and Training Center here.

Perez said under the program, various farmer organizations will receive pigs, free-range chicken and goats to be raised by their members.

The MTADP is the country's food security program which aims to fight poverty and malnutrition by helping the Filipinos meet their daily nutritional requirements derived from meat and poultry products

About 10 farmers’ associations including the province’s breeding stations in Dasol, Mangatarem, San Quintin and Natividad will benefit from the program.

The DA is set to distribute 18 female and two male goats, 225 heads of chicken, 28 female and 10 male native pigs to each association beneficiary under the program.

Perez said the program would be implemented via a “roll-over scheme” as a farmer-beneficiary is obliged to repay his loan by passing on the piglets after its first farrowing to another qualified beneficiary that will be determined by the Local Government Unit (LGU).

"This allows as many farmers to be benefited by the program which seeks to complement Gov. Espino’s development thrust of a sustainable livestock production program,” said Perez.

OpVet, in coordination with municipal agriculture offices will provide technical assistance to the beneficiaries as well as conduct regular monitoring to ensure themsuccess of the program.

The DA’s loan assistance to the province was the result of a peoposal made by OpVet to strengthen the livelihood industry in the province.

Gov. Espino reiterates commitment to pregnant mothers


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 29 (PNA)--Governor Amado Espino Jr. reiterated anew his call that no pregnant woman in Pangasinan shall give birth at home.

Espino made the call when he graced the 7th ' Buntis' Congress at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC) here on Aug. 29 attended by 465 pregnant mothers from Binmaley town's 33 villages who availed of pre-natal check up, laboratory services and dental check up, all for free.

The governor underscored that birth delivery services in all the 14 public hospitals of the province is free of charge under the point of care program of the provincial government.

The point of care program automatically enrolls the indigent patient to Philippine Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), with the provincial government shouldering their premium worth P2,400 each enrollment.

Espino also said that the provincial government through the provincial health office (PHO) aims to reach the millennium development goal (MDG) of dragging down the maternal mortality rate (MMR) through the program dubbed "Anak Ko, Buhay Ko, Mahal Ko."

The present MMR of the province is 44/100,000 births while the MDG is to lower the MMR by 52/100,000 births by year 2015.

Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman, the provincial health officer, said that their target is to have zero maternal death in the province.

Last year, 28 cases of maternal mortality death were recorded; while 14 (aged 14-39-year-olds) were listed so far this year.

In 2007, Pangasinan, however, had the highest mortality rate in Region 1, the Governor cited.

De Guzman said that they are in the process of putting up birthing facilities in every rural health center for the benefit of pregnant women from remote areas.

The PHO also conducts community assemblies and focused group discussions among schools and villages to tackle maternal health and safe sex.

De Guzman noted that their family planning program is now focused on males.

Binmaley Mayor Simplicio Rosario, who also graced the event, hailed the efforts of the provincial government on maternal and child health.

'Buntis' Congress is an initiative of the provincial government being held twice a year.

"Pre-natal check up is most imporant to the know if the mother and her child are at risk, said Dr. Betha Fe Manaois Castillo, president of the Pangasinan Medical Society (PMS).

The pregnant women who attended the Congress were also given free lectures on birth plan, breastfeeding, responsible parenthood, and contraceptive technology by the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecologist Society (POGS) Region 1.

They also received 'buntis' kits containing vitamins and goods.

Pangasinan to hold series of chess clinics, tournaments


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 28 (PNA) -- The provincial government will conduct a series of chess clinics for young woodpushers in the last quarter of this year as part of the sports development program of Governor Amado Espino Jr.

Modesto Operania, Executive Assistant III and provincial sports coordinator, said the chess clinics will be held from September 20 to 21 and 27 to 28 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC) here.

Dubbed “Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. Chess Clinic,” the training program for young chess players and beginners is a continuation of a program launched in 2009 in coordination with the Pangasinan Chess League (PCL) to further improve the skills of players in the game of chess.

PCL president Don Sison said the chess clinics are expected to draw hordes of participants aiming to follow the footsteps of International Master Haridas Pascua, Samantha Glo Revita, Cherry Ann Mejia, Giovanni Mejia, Dennis Guttierez III and other rated players in Pangasinan who had played in many international chess competitions.

A follow up to the chess clinics on October 18-19 is the 4th Pangasinan Age-Group Chess Championship in coordination with the Pangasinan Chess League headed by Sison.

This will be further followed by the 6th Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. Cup Open Chess Tournament on December 26-28.

This year’s twin chess tournaments are expected to surpass last year’s number of 300 competitors, thrice more than what a regular tournament can gather.

Over the last five years, Pangasinan has produced a core of topnotch chess players who saw action in national and international competitions.

DPWH, DENR to save all remaining trees along Manila North Road


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 27 (PNA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) along with other stakeholders agreed to save the remaining more than 700 trees along the Manila North Road (MNR) from Carmen, Rosales to Sison, Pangasinan.

Those to be saved, according to the agreement signed by all parties, include 21 trees on both sides of MNR that were earlier certified by DENR as dead.

In their consultative meeting on tree cutting along the MNR held on August 26, 2014 at the Capitol Resort Hotel in Lingayen, the concerned agencies - provincial government, DPWH, DENR, and various environmentalist groups - agreed upon three items as binding upon all agencies and groups present in the meeting.

These included item 1: "There will be no more cutting of trees, except that a tree may be felled only upon final determination by an independent expert with the concurrence of all parties/agencies in interest that the tree has no more chance of survival."

The agreement also declared that the "DENR and the DPWH shall implement immediate and effective measures to heal and rehabilitate the trees."

"An independent expert who has the capacity to determine the status of the trees shall be consulted, and together with all agencies and groups here present, shall jointly accompany the expert in the actual inspection of all affected trees," the agreement further said.

Rafael Howard Baraan, Pangasinan provincial administrator, said the agencies present in that meeting will immediately conduct an inspection of the trees.

"All measures shall be exerted to save the trees," he assured.

Meanwhile, provincial environment and natural resources officer Leduina Co, cited the August 11 memorandum of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje ordering all regional directors of the DENR and Environmental Management Bureau to return to the DPWH all applications for environmental compliance certificates and tree-cutting permits. This memorandum was the main reason for the agreement.

The memorandum required all DPWH directors and engineers to prove that all options had been taken to avoid tree cutting for road projects before the DENR allows the cutting of trees.

For their part, Narchito Arpilleda, DPWH Region 1 administrative officer, vowed that they will follow the instruction given by DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson "to continue with the (MNR) widening project without cutting trees."

Other signatories in the agreement were Virginia Pasalo of the Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission; Patricia Gwen Borcena of the Green Research; Julia Senga of the International Visitor Leadership Program; Fernando Estrada Jr., Teodorico Agcolicol Jr., and Alberson Sagun, all, of the DENR; and Rex Paderes and Andres Nicer of the DPWH.

Pasalo said that the agreement is for them to reiterate Provincial Resolution No. 269-2014, as she cited that two mahogany trees, which were said to be "dead", have been cut even after the said resolution was ratified.

Provincial Resolution No. 269-2014 expressed the sense of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan opposing the cutting of trees along the national roads within the province, with intent to preserve as many trees as possible with stern warning to the DPWH Third Pangasinan Engineering District not cut any of the standing big trees, more or less 700 in all, along the MNR.

"This is an affirmation of the group's concurrence to that resolution...this (agreement) is a proof that the agencies agree to the position of the provincial board of Pangasinan that there should be no more tree cutting," remarked Baraan.

It can be recalled that the MNR widening project required the cutting of 1,829 trees along national highway in the eastern Pangasinan towns of Rosales, Villasis, Binalonan, Pozorrubio, Sison, and Urdaneta City.

At least 1,059 trees had already been cut by the DPWH from November 2013 until the expiration of its tree cutting permit last February, leaving 770 uncut trees.

Western Pangasinan District Hospital inaugurates 2 new buildings; eyes upgrading


ALAMINOS CITY, Aug. 26 (PNA) -- The Western Pangasinan District Hospital (WPDH) inaugurated on Tuesday its new two-storey building in line with its imminent upgrading and reclassification into level 2 hospital.

The new building houses the out-patient department (OPD) in the first floor providing services for medical, surgical, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, and treatment unit; and the administrative offices in its second floor.

Provincial health officer Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman said the new building will provide a "one-stop-shop" for the family member/s of patients.

"They no longer go from one place to another," she remarked, citing that all the needed services of the family members particularly administrative are in one building.

According to the WPDH chief of hospital, Dr. Susan Meriño, minor renovations at the WPDH medical and pediatrics have been provided previously but it wasn't until the assumption of Governor Amado Espino Jr. in office that he hospital has been given major developments.

Meriño disclosed that WPDH is currently classified as level 1 hospital but it has applied to become level 2 under the new hospital classifications set by the Department of Health with full departmentalization and an increased bed capacity from 75 to 150.

WPDH, one of the 14 hospitals being operated by the provincial government, is currently catering to patients from the nine municipalities and one city and others from nearby localities of the first congressional district of Pangasinan.

It is expected to serve more patients with its anticipated upgrade, she said.

Espino, the guest speaker during the new building's inauguration ceremony, said that WPDH was in a state of "complete disarray" and had only 27 patients in 2007.

WPDH, one of the 14 hospitals being operated by the provincial government, has already exceeded its occupancy rate for the year 2013 by 74.02 percent and 48.59 percent in January-June 2014.

Espino said that his vision for WPDH is 95 percent completed with the remaining works as the renovation of the building where the administrative offices once were, the putting up of air conditioning systems, and the paving of all the road network within the WPDH.

He said he still has 21 months to finish the work in accordance with the provincial strategic direction of making "Pangasinan the Home of the Healthiest Filipinos."

Espino also disclosed that the province will soon be bidding out for the procurement of at least one ambulance for each of the 14 provincial government hospitals.

Meanwhile, De Guzman said that come September, Oriental Mindoro Governor and president of the Governors' League, Alfonso Umali Jr., will lead officials of his province in conducting a study tour in Pangasinan to learn on how the Pangasinan provincial government hospitals carry out their efficient delivery of health services.

Last February, officials of the province of Cebu led by its governor, Hilario Davide III, observed and learned from the health system of the province.

The province has also been awarded Regional Hall of Famer for hospital management.

DA funding concreting of alternate road to Dagupan City


DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan Aug. 25 (PNA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA)is funding the concreting of a portion of the the 2.4 kilometer Mangin- Tebeng road in Dagupan which is an alternate road to the city from adjacent Calasiao town.

Second Highway District Engineer Yolanda Tangco confirmed that P11 million from the DA was coursed through the Department of of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to fund the concreting of 1.2 kilometers of the Mangin-Tebeng road.

The road is now dilapidated and causes too much inconvenience to motorists taking this road especially during the rainy season.

Barangay officials of Mangin and Tebeng in Dagupan earlier sought the concreting of their road to ease the burden of their people, especially school children who are using the road daily.

Tangco explained that the project cannot be funded by the DPWH whose main concerns are national highways as the Mangin- Tebeng road is only a barangay road.

The barangay officials then requested the assistance of the city government, which subsequently forwarded their request to Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia.

Although she does not have fund for this, De Venecia cannot let her constituent hear-broken. Thus, she scouted for funding from the national government and luckily and found that DA was ready to help.

Tangco said that the second engineering district already received the list of projects to be constructed in their area which include the concreting of the 1. 2 kilometer portion of the Mangin- Tebeng road in the amount of P11 million from the DA.

She admitted however that the amount allocated for the construction is not enough to cover the whole stretch of the road in view of its planned design which will be based on the specifications of a national road.

There is also a need to build slope protection in areas beside fishponds, she said.

“We hope the barangay people will also allocate additional width from their respective properties so we could comply with the standard of 6.10 meters width for national roads”, said Tangco.

She added that to date, the DPWH has already conducted preliminary detailed engineering studies including the survey of the area, to be followed by the publication of bidding and bidding of the project itself, and later its implementation by whoever is the winning contractor.

“But prior to the bidding and implementation, we are still awaiting the issuance of a special release allotment order (SARO)which is important before a project could take off”, said Tangco.

She expressed hope, however, that the construction of the project will begin by the last quarter of this year.

“We hope that there will be another release of funds through Congresswoman De Venecia to complete the entire concreting of the Mangin- Tebeng road," Tangco said.

Pangasinan execs seek full operation of irrigation project

By April M. Montes (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

SAN MANUEL, Pangasinan, August 24 (PIA) – Pangasinan officials have clamored for the completion of an irrigation facility here which will harness and store water releases from the San Roque Dam and provide irrigation to provincial farmlands.

Irrigation raises the land's productivity by providing sufficient water supply to raise yield per hectare per crop and by following a second crop to be grown during the dry season when yields are potentially higher.

Sixth District Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas said the project's first phase would not benefit Pangasinan farmers yet because of the suspended work on the 10-kilometer main canal and other critical infrastructure to connect the reservoir to the river systems in the eastern part of the province.

At the inauguration of the reservoir’s Phase 1 project earlier this month, Gov. Amado Espino Jr. appealed to the national government through Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agriculture Modernization Francis Pangilinan to allocate funds to finish the P4.6-billion re-regulation pond of San Roque Dam.

He said the east bank gate of the main canal has to be completed before water can flow to 10 more eastern Pangasinan towns, two towns in Tarlac and one town in Nueva Ecija.

He added that the entire project would boost the government’s goad of food security while improving the income and living standards in the agriculture sector particularly the poor farmers.

Oftociano Manalo, president of Regional Federation of Irrigators’ Association, also made the same appeal saying “deliver us water and we will deliver food on your table.”

For his part, Pangilinan said he supports the province’s position given Pangasinan’s stature as a food bowl in Luzon.

“Farmers are valuable because they provide the food that we eat,” he said.

Dagupan to receive additional fish peocessing equipment from DTI


DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 23 (PNA) -- The city of Dagupan will soon receive fresh batch of fish processing equipment and machinery under the Shared Service Facility (SSF) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that intends to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the countryside.

This is provided for in a memorandum of agreement signed by Mayor Belen Fernandez with Natalia Basto-Dalaten, chief of the Business Development Division of DTI Pangasinan, last Aug. 20.

The SSF program seeks to enable MSMEs access to better technology and equipment that will increase their productivity and competitiveness in local and international markets.

To be received by the city from DTI are Php898,735 worth of equipment and machinery which will include a heavy duty stove, two smoking machines, five platform trolleys, four stainless working tables, two vacuum packaging machines and three chest freezers.

Similar SSF equipment and machinery were earlier given by DTI to the Dagupan Bangus Processors Association based at Malimgas Public Market Phase II in July last year through the requests of Pangasinan (4th District) Rep. Gina de Venecia and Fernandez.

Fernandez lauded the initiative which she said will definitely improve the standard and quality of processed bangus produced by backyard processors in support of the initiative of the city to export this product.

Meanwhile, Dalaten said the equipment to be given will help other bangus processors increase their production, ensure sanitary standards, and further enhance product development.

Dalaten added that the DTI will be coordinating with the LGU with regards to the National Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project (NICCEP) in order to train bangus stakeholders in a series of capability-building seminars that seeks to improve the aquaculture industry.

FEATURE: Irrigating Pangasinan's farmlands

By Venus H. Sarmiento (MCA/VHS/PIA-Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 23 (PIA) - The biggest irrigation facility in the country opened its gates on August 8 to meet the purpose it was built for — provide irrigation to the farmlands.

The P4.3-billion irrigation component of the San Roque Multi-Purpose Hydropower Dam, known as the re-regulating pond, was inaugurated in San Manuel town to irrigate up to 55, 000 hectares of farmlands in eastern Pangasinan and parts of Tarlac.

With a pond area of 67 hectares and a holding capacity of 3.94 million cubic meters, the newest structure will harness and store water releases from the San Roque Dam during its peak power generation to be utilized for irrigation.

Construction of the reservoir started in 2011 as an integral part of the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (ARIIP) but its extension projects - the Ambayaoan-Dipalo River Irrigation System and the Lower Agno River Irrigation System - are yet to receive funding to complete the infrastructure works for the whole irrigation package in the next two years.

Despite the delay in its operation, the facility would help the marginalized farmers in said areas increase their production.

Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. said irrigation is a big help in agriculture citing that increase in production highly depends on the amount of water that will irrigate the farmlands.

The National Irrigation Administration estimated P1 billion-worth of incremental harvests from the irrigation system this year which will increase to P5 billion by 2016 if the remaining work will be finished.

While waiting for the entire project to be completed, farmers in the towns of Asingan, Binalonan, Calasiao, Laoac, Mapandan, Manaoag, Mangaldan, Malasiqui, San Manuel, Sta. Barbara and Urdaneta City can smile for a while for the gift of steady irrigation with the opening of the re-regulating pond.

As Presidential Adviser on Food Security Francis Pangilinan said, projects worth billions of pesos would be useless if the result would not redound to an increase in farmers' income.

Pangasinan SPES summer jobbers receive final paychecks


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 21 (PNA)– The 100 beneficiaries of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) received their remaining remuneration from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

DOLE Regional director Grace Ursua and Provincial Employment Service officer Alex Ferrer handed the checks covering the remaining remuneration of the students at the PESO office here last Aug. 19.

The students were hired by the provincial government as summer jobbers in coordination with DOLE and worked from April 14 to May 14.

Each student received P3, 272 to pay their 20-day work that they rendered in various departments of the provincial government during the summer season.

The amount comprised the remaining 40 percent of their salaries shouldered by DOLE as they already received 60 per cent of their pay from the provincial government last May, which was equivalent to P4, 909 per student.

Over all, each summer summer jobber received a total of P8,181.80 for the complete duration of their working period last summer.

Director Ursua congratulated the students for becoming productive citizens even as she lauded the province and Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. for embarking on projects aimed at helping the Pangasinan students who belong to low income families.

This also brings to the fore the program’s objective of teaching the youth the values of self-reliance, hard work and imbibing in them the sense of responsibility, she said.

Ursua also thanked the governor for providing a very comfortable and modern PESO office for Pangasinan and for the continuous support that the province has been extending to students and the unemployed.

On the other hand, Ferrer said since 2008, the provincial government through the PESO has been in partnership with DOLE in implementing SPES program and it was Gov. Espino who increased the number of beneficiaries from 50 to 100.

Jay Anne Lacuesta Sabangan, a graduating student in Business Administration at the Pangasinan State University-Bayambang Campus, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the governor and DOLE for the support which enabled her to complete her studies.

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