Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. convenes the Provincial Development Council for its first marathon meeting and strategic planning conference under his administration. It was held the whole of Monday, April 14, 2008 at the Hotel Consuelo Resort and Chinese Restaurant in Lingayen, with the province’s 44 town mayors and 4 city mayors in almost 100% attendance. Also present were Vice Governor Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, and a number of the Provincial Board Members.
The meeting had four objectives: to set a common direction in the development of Pangasinan; to orient the participants as members of the council on the present situation of the province and the thrust of the present administration vis-à-vis priority programs and projects; to familiarize each member on the major development plans of all towns and cities so as to be able to integrate said plans to the provincial development priorities and; to formulate a Joint Action Agenda to serve as guide in the realization of the vision of the province.
The mayors were given the opportunity to inform the governor and the council of their municipal development plans backed-up by their own 5-minute Power Point slideshow. Facilitator was Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan who also provided a comprehensive situationer of the province and its development thrust.
For Pozorrubio, Mayor Emma T. Chan pointed out that the major concerns of the municipality’s development plans are the delivery and improvement of Social Services to its constituents in the field of Health, Nutrition, Sanitation and Education. Financial assistance, if it is to come from the provincial coffer, would be funneled to any of these priorities: concreting of 68% still unpaved farm-to-market barangay roads, completion of the new Rural Health Center and the continuing delivery of medical services, construction of potable water sources and irrigation, construction and repair of more schoolbuildings to reduce the student-classroom ratio, allocations for more livelihood programs and scholarships, continuing support of the Alternative Learning System, further implementation of RA 9003 (Philippine Ecological Management Act of 2000) especially the sanitary landfill requirement.