LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – A top official of the San Roque Power Corporation (SRPC) recently urged Pangasinenses to unite in bannering advocacies for environmental protection.
Addressing the attendees of the Pistay Dayat Program as guest of honor and speaker, SRPC Vice President for Corporate Affairs Tommy Valdez said that despite of the dreadful effects of climate change, the province of Pangasinan is still blessed to have bountiful natural resources, citing the revived Agno river as a testament to a highly-committed environmental watch by the provincial administration.
“I’ve seen many rivers, but I say that the Agno river must be declared as among the cleanest rivers in the country,” Engr. Valdez said said during the program held Monday. underneath Bugallon bridge right after the highly-anticipated fluvial parade dubbed Banca Parada.
Experiencing the Banca Parada for the first time, the SRPC executive bared that the fluvial parade not only seeks to celebrate the exquisite beauty of artistically-designed bancas, but rather rejoice the bounty of rivers.
Valdez, who recounted the launching in 2009 of the ‘Ilog Ko, Aroen tan Bilayen Ko’ environmental pet project of former governor and now 5th district Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr., attested to the fact that revived and clean rivers in Pangasinan today is reflective of the good leadership of a transformative leader.
It can be recalled that under the elder Espino’s term a massive clearing and clearing of the Agno river and its tributaries was launched by the provincial government and highlighted a multi-sectoral strategy in reviving the rivers of the province.
Meanwhile, Governor Amado I. Espino, III, assured that the provincial government is unwavering in its efforts to sustain its environmental advocacies which, he said, is geared at preserving the environment for the benefit of the future generations.
“We reaffirm our commitment to Pangasinan and all localities in our province,” Governor Espino said, hinting on the sustained efforts of his leadership in taking care of the environs of the province.
Expressing gratitude for the support of various sectors to the programs of the provincial leadership, the provincial chief executive enjoins Pangasinenses to actively engage on the journey towards making Pangasinan the best place to invest, work, live and raise a family.
Also present during the Pistay Dayat Program which coincided with the awarding of the Banca Parada winners were Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr., Board Members Noel Bince, Chinky Perez-Tababa, Raul Sison, Nestor Reyes, Salvador Perez, Generoso Tulagan, Jr., Jeremy Agerico Rosario and Sheila Marie Perez-Galicia.
By Dexter A. See