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Pangasinan is Region 1's Cleanest, Safest, Greenest Province


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, April 4 (PNA)--Pangasinan added another feather to its cap when it was adjudged by the Regional Development Council (RDC) as the Cleanest, Safest and Greenest local government unit and having the Most Outstanding Project Monitor in Region 1 for 2014.

The two awards were presented during the State of the Region’s Development Conference (SORDC) and RDC-1 Awards and Recognition Program held at Hotel Ariana in Bauang, La Union on April 22

RDC-1 Vice-Chairman Nestor G. Rillon, who is also National Economic Development Authority regional director, handed the awards to Gov. Amado Espino Jr. and Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr.

As the Cleanest, Safest and Greenest LGU(provincial category), Pangasinan bested three other provinces in Region 1.

Pangasinan was cited for having successfully complied to the criteria which include support system where the province has provided projects related to the program including budgetary support and equipment, and the presence of monitoring enforcement mechanisms; implementation and strict enforcement of related laws and ordinances and community mobilization and people’s participation in environmental protection and management like tree planting, coastal clean-up and barangay public order and safety enforcement activities.

Meanwhile, as the Most Outstanding Project Monitor, Pangasinan also successfully complied to the preparation of quality reports which were submitted on time allowing the province to put up quality performance and display exemplary support to the objectives of the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES).

On the other hand, Dasol town was also awarded as the Best LGU Poverty Reduction Program Implementer and the Most Outstanding LGU-CRM Implementer.

Dasol was adjudged 1st runner up in the search for Cleanest and Greenest LGUs in the municipal category.

The SORDC is an annual event that highlights the overall accomplishments of the region along with the key sectors of the economy.

Boat parade to mark Pangasinan's sea festival

By Venus May H. Sarmiento (MCA/VHS/PIA-1Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, April 23 (PIA) - Colorful boats are set to sail off Pangasinan rivers to mark the province's Pista’y Dayat (Sea Festival) celebration on May 1.

Ramon Morden, executive assistant to Gov. Amado Espino,Jr., said the annual ‘Banca Parada’ aims to promote environmental awareness among the people and showcase the cleanliness and pristine beauty of Pangasinan rivers.

The parade will take off at Sitio Banatyan, Pangapisan North in Lingayen town and will culminate at the foot of the Banaga Bridge in Bugallon town.

To encourage more prime movers for environment, the Banca Parada contest was divided into two categories: Category A for Barangays and Category B for national government agencies, local government units, non-government organizations, private sector and various stakeholders.

Boat floats must depict the theme ‘I Love Pangasinan’ and shall bear the name or logo of the participating barangay or institution.

The decorated motorized boats will be judged according to the following criteria: ingenuity, creativity, artistry (30%), relevance to the theme (30%), dominance in the use of indigenous and bio-degradable materials (30%) and over-all impact (10%).

A prize of P25,000 and a trophy await the first prize winner; P20,000 for the second placer and P15,000 for the third placer.

Acceptance of entries on a first-come, first-served basis will end on April 25, 2015.

Phinma launches new college in Pangasinan


DAGUPAN CITY, April 22 (PNA)--The Phinma University of Pangasinan has launched its new Phinma Upang College Urdaneta with the unveiling of its billboard April 17 at its newly acquired building along Manila North Road in Barangay Nancayasan, Urdaneta City.

This was bared by Pres Vargas, the university's marketing director, who said the unveiling was attended by officials of Barangay Nancayasan, Urdaneta, as well as parents and officials of both Phinma UPang and Phinma Upang Urdaneta led by the latter's Chief Operating Officer Lia Calo Sanarez.

Phinma Upang College Urdaneta will join Phinma Education Network originally comprising Araulo University in Cabanatuan City, University of Iloilo in Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro Colleges and University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City.

Phinma Upang College Urdaneta will open during the 2015 to 2016 school year targeting 500 students.

Vargas said parents welcome Phinma UPang College Urdaneta as they no longer spend more money in sending their children to higher educational institutions in Dagupan and elsewhere.

He said the newly opened college will cater to students coming from eastern Pangasinan, northern Tarlac and southern La Union.

Phinma Educational Network, said Vargas, adheres to the motto "Making Life better through Education".

Jobs fair set on Labor Day in Pangasinan


DAGUPAN CITY, April 21 (PNA)-- Some 10,000 job vacancies will be offered on a jobs fair set during the 113th Labor Day observance on May 1 this year.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 1 is now coordinating with recruitment agencies and other companies who participate in a job and livelihood fair at SM City Rosales in Rosales, Pangasinan on May 1.

According to DOLE Region 1 Director Grace Ursua, their office seeks to gather at least 60 local employers and licensed recruitment agencies to generate over 10,000 vacancies.

Most local vacancies, she said, include those for customer service representatives and technical support representatives, while top overseas job orders are for skilled construction workers, nurses and other medical workers, hotel and restaurant workers, and other skilled workers.

"Labor Day is a fitting opportunity to make it easy and fast for jobseekers to find jobs that fit their qualifications, interests and career inclinations, and help employers find the right applicants for their manpower needs," Ursua said.

During the fair, jobseekers and workers can also avail of services from the one-top shop to be put up by the Social Security System, Philhealth, Pag-IBIG, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board and National Labor Relations Commission.

The regional director remarked, "One-stop-shop services, livelihood opportunities, TESDA pampering services and Libreng Tawag (Free Call) for OFWs will be made available to provide more comprehensive services to job seekers, new graduates and workers re-entering the labor market."

PRC will provide all its services such as registration of license, application for examination, renewal of ID card, releasing of available ID cards, authentication, certification, including legal advice and others.

Livelihood display fairs will also be featured at the SM City Rosales where products from DOLE-assisted projects will be showcased for those interested to venture into self-employment. A livelihood focal person will be attending to queries regarding the DOLE livelihood program, its requirements, guidelines, procedures and other related matters.

Also, a day before the Labor Day jobs fair, another jobs fair will be conducted at Robinsons Place in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte.

The Labor Day celebration nationwide is anchored on the theme, "Disenteng Trabaho at Kabuhayan, Alay Natin sa Bayan."

Region 1 Medical Center now developing into a world-class hospital


DAGUPAN CITY, April 20 (PNA) -- The Region I Medical Center (R1MC) in the heart of Dagupan City is now developing into a world-class government hospital north of Manila under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

This was bared by Dr. Roland Mejia, R1MC director, who said the R1MC is presently a 600-bed capacity hospital which is now the biggest government hospital north of Manila. It is so far the only tertiary hospital in Pangasinan catering not only to the people of the province but also from Tarlac, Zambales, Nueva Ecija and Isabela.

R1MC is expected to double its bed capacity once its landmark 11-storey building, designed be the tallest building in Pangasinan, is completed. Its construction is set to start late this year.

It is not only the 11-storey building that will be built but also the five-storey training and eye center and a medical arts building across Arellano St. on a lot owned by the hospital where the dormitory for the hospital staff is presently located.

The 11-storey building for R1MC is part of the hospital modernization program of President Aquino to benefit at least four other government hospitals in the country run by the Department of Health (DOH).

R1MC is also the only hospital in the north licensed by the DOH to do kidney transplantation.

Its first kidney transplant was successfully performed by doctors and nurses trained by the National Kidney Institute in Metro Manila three years ago on a local patient with the organ donated by her relative.

"We transplant only kidney today but we foresee that in three to five years, we will also be able to transplant liver. But this will depend on our new facilities that are coming, which include the 11-storey building," Mejia said.

Construction of the 11-storey building should have begun two years ago had it not been for a little delay attributed to a case filed by the contractor of the project, not against him but then Health Secretary Enrique Ona, said Mejia.

Nevertheless, he said, the case is expected to be resolved soon.

Mejia said R1MC also intends to become a cardiac center so that people of Pangasinan needing heart operation or by-pass need not go to Manila anymore where they and their relatives will spend more.

But he clarified that the establishment of the cardiac center as well as the catherization center will also be dependent on these additional facilities from the DOH.

Presently, R1MC is the only second government hospital after the San Lazaro General Hospital all over to have an epidemiological center.

Another innovation they will introduce this year, aside from the training and eye center, is an oxygen generation plant that will produce oxygen needed by the patient as the hospital is spending PhP35 million for oxygen alone.

"When we produce our own oxygen, we will save the money allotted for this for the procurement of supplies and medicines for indigent patients of RIMC, he said.

R1MC is also operating the newly established Drug Treatment and Rehab Center in Barangay Bonuan Binloc, Dagupan City which is catering to some 60 in-patients to date.

Renewable power still alternative to coal - Sec. Petilla


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, April 19 (PIA) – Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said renewable power source remains an alternative energy source to coal, the cheapest power supply in the market.

Petilla the country could not rely on coal alone even if power supplied by coal-powered plant is pegged at only P3.70 per kilowatt hour.

“If we want to encourage uninterrupted energy, we must encourage ancillary or back-up,” he said during the power caravan held in Lingayen town last Tuesday.

He said back up power can come from renewable energy which include solar, wind, biomass and run- off river hydro sources even if these cost much higher than coal.

“Everytime I promote renewable energy, I have to make sure that I keep the balance. Renewable energy is expensive but we cannot have all coal, we have to have a balance,” Petilla said.

He belied claims of coal plant contractors that he is restricting the operation of coal plants saying he is merely providing a balance.

However, the penetration level of renewable energy in the country must also be watched and keenly observed because it is intermittent, he added.

Petilla stated the source and their corresponding amount per kilowatt hour (kwh) paid by consumers: Diesel-P14/kwh, bunker-P10, solar-P9, wind-P8, biomass-P6, hydro-P5.50, Malampaya -P5, geo-thermal-P4.50 and coal-P3.70.

Petilla was in Pangasinan for the ‘Power Caravan: Iba na ang may Alam’ activity of DOE which included the launching of ‘Batang Kalikasan’ and the campaign on watershed and dam protection in partnership with the National Power Corporation and the provincial government.

Despite heavy rain, Dagupan street dancers perform their best


DAGUPAN CITY, April 18 ( PNA)--When it rains, it pours and when it does, people consider it a blessing in disguise from above.

This happened during the Grand Opening of the 2015 Bangus Festival, highlighted by the Gilon-Gilon ed Baley, that went on with just little interruption despite the driving rain, with defending champion Barangay Pantal emerging anew as best street dancing troupe in the city.

The back-to-back winner nailed its second crown with more than 100 street dancers, some 40 drummers and about 30 propsmen to bag the grand prize of Php 150,000 and a chance to represent the city for the second time in a row to the bigger Festivals of the North which will unfold here on April 26.

Besting 18 other contingents from the city, Pantal wowed not just the judges but also the crowd with their colorful costume made of local indigenous materials and their superb execution of the movements of fish farmers in the harvesting of bangus even under the rain in the streets and in the city plaza.

Barangay Pantal with Julie Perez as village chair, was also adjudged as this year’s best in costume and in street dancing.

Coming in second is Gilon-Gilon’s hall of famer, Barangay Lucao, which also won as best in musicality award this year.

Barangay Tebeng improved its fourth place finish last year by emerging as this year’s second runner-up while Barangay Caranglaan was 3rd runner-up and Barangay Tapuac landed as this year’s 4th runner-up. Tapuac was not among the top five winners last year.

Mayor Belen Fernandez handed out the grand prize of Php 150,000 to Perez and the rest of Pantal delegation with Lucao bagging Php 100,000. Meanwhile, Tebeng won Php 80,000; Caranglaan, Php 60,000; and Tapuac, Php 50,000.

Pantal and Lucao received additional Php 10,000 for bagging each of the minor awards.

Fernandez, the honorary chairperson in the 2015 Bangus Festival 20, expressed elation over the spirit of the dancers, who like her were soaked in the rain but still went on to perform their best in the Gilon-Gilon.

Back-to-back champion Pantal will defend its crown in this year’s Festivals of the North on April 26 against 14 contingents from Pangasinan, Zambales, Bulacan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and La Union.

Fourteen contingents representing various festivals will see action in the much-awaited Festivals of the North.

These are from Balungao. Pangasinan (Goat Festival); Masinloc, Zambales (Mango Festival); Guiguinto, Bulacan (Halamanan Festival); Dingras, Ilocos Norte ( Ani Festival); Naguilian, La Union, (Basi Festival); Alaminos City (Hundred Islands Festival); Caoayan, Ilocos Sur (Abel Iloco Festival); Paoay, Ilocos Norte (Goling-goling Festival); Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan (Corn Festival); San Quintin, Abra (Abrenian Kawayan, Festival); Candon, Ilocos Sur ( Tobacco Featival); and Dagupan City (Bangus Featival).

At stake in the Festivals of the North include Php 400,000 to the champion; Php 200,000, first runner up; Php 100,000, second runner up; Php 80,000, third runner up; Php 60,000, fourth runner up; and Php 50,000, fifth runner up.

Region 1 athletes train in Pangasinan for Palarong Pambansa


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, April 17 (PNA)-- At least 591 athletes who will represent Region 1 in the coming Palarong Pambansa in Tagum City from May 3 to 9 arrived here Friday for a five-day training before leaving for the national games.

The athletes from 14 school divisions in four provinces were winners of the last Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet held in Manaoang, Pangasinan in February.

They were welcomed at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen by Pangasinan officials led by Gov. Amado Espino Jr.

The Pangasinan provincial government is sponsoring their five-day training.

"We are praying for the best for your performance," said Espino in welcoming the athletes.

Also, Espino vowed for his support to all the athletes, not only from Pangasinan, but also from the three other provinces of La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.

He encouraged the athletes to "work as one always."

The governor noted that Region 1 is fielding athletes in all events in the Palarong Pambansa.

Meanwhile, Dr. Teresita Velasco, regional director of Department of Education-Region 1, thanked the governor for his support to the athletes.

She said, "He (Espino) looks at our young people as hopes of fatherland that he extends his generosity..."

Like the governor, she urged the athletes to do their best as they do not only represent their schools, but the entire region.

The 591 athletes and their coaches who will represent Region 1 in the Palarong Pambansa are from divisions of Laoag City, Batac City, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Vigan City, Candon City, San Fernando City, La Union, Urdaneta City, San Carlos City, Dagupan City, Alaminos City, Pangasinan 1, Pangasinan 2.

Pangasinan 2 emerged as the overall champion in the R1AA Meet held from Feb. 15 to 20, 2015 in Manaoag.

With the training and the assured support from the provincial government, Espino and the rest of the Region 1 officials are positive that the regional contingent will do well in the Palarong Pambansa.

Construction of 11-storey government hospital building in Dagupan to start soon

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DAGUPAN CITY, April 16 (PNA) -- After almost two years of delay, construction of the 11-storey hospital building of the Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) here is expected to finally begin by the end of this year, according to Dr. Joseph Roland Mejia, R1MC director.

According to Mejia, the delay in the construction was due to an on-going case filed by a contractor of the project before the Ombudsman against former Health Secretary Enrique Ona even before his resignation was accepted by President Benigno Aquino III in November last year.

Mejia did not give any details on the said complaint.

“But the construction will definitely proceed this year," Mejia said.

The groundbreaking for the proposed 11-storey building was held on June 25, 2013. The construction was then expected to start within three months and be finished after two and a half years.

However, this did not materialize because of the case.

The national government will fund the PHP1.6 billion state of the art hospital building.

Mejia reiterated the construction of an 11-storey building in R1MC's 33,000 square meter land in the city was evaluated and approved by structural engineers of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and architects of the Department of Health (DOH) to allay public fears that the structure might sink.

He said based on the result of the inspection and study conducted, the liquefaction of soil in the city is only on the surface and since the building is designed to be earthquake-proof, pile driving will be made 100 feet below the ground which is already solid.

Meanwhile, the recently inaugurated Drug Rehabilitation and Treatment Center here, run and managed by R1MC, now caters to 60 in patients who are from Pangasinan, Ilocos region and even as far as Isabela, according to Mejia.

He explained the facility is not only for drug abuse victims but also for other substance abuse victims, including alcoholics and chain-smokers.

He also said that R1MC is planning to build its own oxygen generation plant.

Mejia said the hospitals spends PHP35 million annually for the oxygen needs of patients.

“We wanted to save that amount and instead use it in the procurement of medicines and supplies for indigent patients”, said Mejia.

Nursery for ilang-ilang plantation underway in Pangasinan

By Johanne Margarette R. Macob [(PNA) CTB/LVM/JMRM/rmaril 15 (PNA)]

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, April 15 (PNA)---- At least 120,000 ilang-ilang (cananga odorata) seedlings are now being prepared to be planted in the nursery areas in Pangasinan identified by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Pangasinan second district representative Leopoldo Bataoil said the nursery is now in-process and seedlings are now being procured from Tarlac province.

He said the DENR has determined about 200 hectares in three second district towns as initial area for the ilang-ilang plantation project under the National Greening Program (NGP).

These project areas are in Barangay Hacienda in Bugallon; Sitio Mapita , Brgy. Laoag in Aguilar, and in Barangay Quetegan, Mangatarem.

"Different people's organizations in these areas are being assisted by the DENR for the project," Bataoil said.

The people's organization in Bugallon is set to receive P3-million-worth of assistance for the planting of trees, he said, while other groups are applying for the same assistance.

The congressman clarified that the plantation is not only for greening purpose but also for a sustainable livelihood program.

A fragrance company based in the Philippines, Chemworld Fragrance Factory, has expressed its intention to buy the ilang-ilang oil product of Pangasinan.

Chemworld's co-owner Fred Reyes disclosed that there is a big demand for ilang-ilang oil in and outside the country.

Bataoil said other towns may also plant ilang-ilang on their own and supply fragrant oil to the company, provided that they conform with specifications in regard to regular pruning and in the use of all organic fertilizer.

Ilang-ilang, on average, takes five years to bear flowers and has at least 25 years life expectancy.

The plant originated in the Philippines but the top ilang-ilang producer in the world at present is the Comoros Island.

(News Features) Conjoined Pangasinan twins successfully separated in Taiwan

By Hilda Austria [(RMA/LVM/HILDA AUSTRIA/1440/RMA)]

DAGUPAN CITY, April 14 (PNA) — The conjoined twins, Jerrylyn and Jennylyn de Guzman of Bautista, Pangasinan, were successfully separated in an operation conducted in Taiwan by the Tzu Chi Foundation on Monday.

Ludy de Guzman, mother of the twins, thanked Tzu Chi and all those who helped her family.

"My husband and I are very grateful to the Tzu Chi Foundation and the Panda firefighting volunteers for giving my daughters the opportunity to be separated and live normal lives because with our current status, we cannot afford the operation," she said.

Mario Lim, president of Panda Fire Brigade Volunteers in Dagupan, said his group is happy with the result of the operation.

“Later on, they will be able to walk," he said, referring to the twins who are now one year and four months old.

It was Lim who endorsed the De Guzman conjoined twins to the Tsu Chi Foundation after he saw their struggle featured in a national television network last January 2014.

The Tzu Chi Philippines volunteers then responded and checked the condition of the twins, arranged everything including the documents, and brought them to the Tzu General Hospital in Taiwan where the operation was conducted.

Lim and his group, although not part of the team that assisted the gamily in Taiwan, made constant communication with them through Skype.

"We will continue to support the twins even after their operation," said Lim.

In an article posted in Taiwan Tzu Chi Philippines website, the twins were described as "attached together at the bosom. They were part of the 33 percent of all conjoined twins around the world categorized as omphalopagus, who may share a liver, gastrointestinal or genitourinary functions."

LGU, TESDA open vocational courses for OSYs this summer


MALASIQUI, Pangasinan, April 13 (PNA) —- A total of 128 slots were opened by the local government unit (LGU) of Malasiqui and the Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provincial office for local residents particularly out-of-school youth (OSY) interested to take vocational courses this summer.

Malasiqui Mayor Armando Domantay Sr., said the course consists of 200 hours of skills training for each trainee that will start April 16.

At least 68 slots were opened for the welding course, 28 slots for housekeeping and 28 slots for practical electrical installation.

“There is no age limit as long as the want to be trained but we are particularly encouraging the OSYs or those who do not yet have a job,” said Domantay.

The project was funded with P1 million by the Abono Partylist.

Domantay said the graduates of these technical vocational courses will earn a National Certificate II (NCII) which can be used by them for employment abroad.

“Aside from the certificate, graduates will be given their starter kits”, said Domantay.

He explained this is part of the anti-poverty livelihood program of the local government.

“We are urging OSYs and those who do not have a job to enroll, although there are only a few slots to be filled, we are looking forward to adding more slots or they will be reserved for the next skills training in our town,” said Domantay.

600 avail of mobile passport service


DAGUPAN CITY, April 12 (PNA) -- More than 600 Dagupeños applied and renewed their passports during the Mobile Passport Service conducted by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in cooperation with the Dagupan City government at CSI Stadia on April 11 as part of the celebration of the 2015 Bangus Festival.

Aside from the 600 who pre-submitted their requirements last March 18, the DFA also accepted some chance or walk-in applicants who applied for new passports and or sought renewal of their already expiring passports.

In answer to the clamor of the people here for a Mobile Passport Service, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez coordinated with the DFA to conduct the activity so people of Dagupan will no longer go to La Union, Baguio, Pampanga or Manila just to apply for their passports or renew the same.

The mayor said since there are still mounting clamor for mobile passport service, she will coordinate again with DFA for the holding of another activity in the city.

The release of the approved passports will be on May 23 at the CSI Atrium.

Pangasinan history book officially launched


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, April 11 (PNA)--A history book of Pangasinan titled "Pinablin Dalin" was launched during the commemorative program of the 435th Agew na Pangasinan (Pangasinan Day' on April 10 at the Capitol Plaza here.

The book bares the historical journey and cultural roots of the province and its people from the time of its founding in 1580.

"Pinablin Dalin" was prepared and edited by the Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission group of writers and researchers headed by Dr. Gonzalo Duque, president of the Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU).

It was also based on the research study by a group headed by Dr. Perla Legaspi, a former Vice-Chancellor of UP Diliman.

The book is seen to be the main resource material for the integration of Pangasinan study in the education curriculum of the local schools.

"Today, we just witnessed the formal launching and presentation of this important history book, to be used, among others, as the basic reference for mandatory classes in Pangasinan History in all elementary and high schools in Pangasinan," said Governor Amado Espino Jr.

He also encouraged everyone to buy their own copies of this book.

Also launched during the event was the "Kurit Panlunggaring" (Literary Award) anthology book 1 which contains the winning entries of the 2012-2014 Pangasinan literary awards.

Winners in the different categories - poetry, essay, short story, and children story writing - of this year's Kurit Panlunggaring were also awarded with trophies and cash prizes.

Launched in 2011, Kurit Panlunggaring is the Pangasinan equivalent of the Palanca Literary Awards, "designed to encourage budding young writers to use Pangasinan as a medium of literary expression," said the Governor.

Further, Espino noted that Pangasinan was the first province in the entire country to have its own local language orthography, or the formal system of spelling and correct usage of words in particular language.

The Pangasinan Orthography was officially adopted by the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) in April 2012.

Meanwhile, Espino urged the Pangasinan natives to develop deeper love for their province's heritage.

"It is most important for us to realize, that in this present global village, where modern technology has defied the barriers of time and space, each of us needs to know, and to develop a deeper sense of, our uniqueness as a people, and to feel secure and confident in that distinct cultural identity," he said.

"Otherwise, we will suffer the sad fate of becoming just like the other nameless faces in the crowd of nations," he said.

He told them that before one can become a good and patriotic Filipino, he or she has to become a good and patriotic Pangasinan.

Espino also pushed for a renewed commitment "to continue the work with our individual best effort, in pursuing our collective vision of Pangasinan as the best place to invest, work, live, and raise a family."

Further, at least 52 floats representing various local government units, government agencies, provincial government and its hospitals, and private organizations have joined this year's float parade dubbed "Parada na Dayew"

Among the LGUs that joined were Bolinao, Infanta, Burgos, Balungao, Anda, Agno, Asingan, Laoac, Bautista, San Jacinto, Urbiztondo, Alaminos City, Basista, and San Carlos City.

In the evening, the province bestowed the ASNA awards to the Pangasinans who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields.

This year's ASNA awardees are Agerico Orbos (Spiritual Leadership), Ana Marie Pamintuan (Journalism), Cecilia Daranciang (Culture and Arts), Francisco Viray (Corporate Leadership), Perla Legaspi (Public Administration), Emilio Sanglay Jr. (Music), Rebecca Bustamante (Entrepreneurship), Victor Ramos (Environment), Vivencio Villaflor Jr. (Humanitarian and Civic Leadership), and Hermogenes Pobre (Special Award for Public Service).

Launched in 2010, ASNA Awards accords the highest expression of recognition to Pangasinan natives whose lives, works, and ideals exemplify selfless dedication to service to fellowmen and to country- a remarkable legacy to their provincemates and generations of Filipinos.

Asna is an an old form of the Pangasinan word 'asin,' describing the good quality of a man's character or demeanor.

The 2015 Agew na Pangasinan was the sixth consecutive year, since April 5, 2010, that such event was celebrated.

This year, it was held on April 10 since April 5, 2015 was an Easter Sunday.

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