MAGANES: Politics of lip service?

January 12, 2015 at 9:20 am 2 comments

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Since I started my radio program “Gising Pangasinan” over Bombo Radyo Dagupan on October 2014, I was bombarded with requests to talk about developmental issues in the province and also the development programs and projects the present administration has done. I haven’t expected those comments and requests, but reading them made me sigh particularly those questioning the political issues obtaining in the province.

The present occupant of the Capitol took the reins of the province in June 2007. The first term was devoted to what he called “cleansing of the provincial bureaucracy” as if the previous administration was marred with corruption. I witnessed how some department heads under the Agbayani administration were ridiculed and laughed at during a process he (the present Capitol occupant) said was to know the real condition of the provincial government. It was a time I thought that the new Capitol occupant will be the messiah of good governance. Agbayani’s term, however, was never tinted with graft and corruption issues.

From 2007 to 2010, the present administration had busied itself in facelifting the Capitol premises. The Capitol was renovated as well as district hospitals. Cultural reawakening was visible as the banner program with the creation of Pangasinan Historical Society to gather data and facts surrounding the real history of the province. Pistay Dayat was even more glamorous with added attractions like Kasaysayan ng Lahi Parade and many more.

As the provicial administration was harping its accomplishments in various programs, many local officials particularly in villages have been asking and questioning what tangible projects it had done for them. For seven years at the the helm of the province, the provincial administration has not changed its mantra that Pangasinan has beautiful Capitol and newly renovated hospitals. There were no other tangible programs and projects that it can boasts of, to the Pangasinenses and even local and foreign tourists. It has not shifted its priority projects in developing villages so much so that many village officials have been requesting favours from the administration for so long a time.
The gains in corn and rice production were not the handiwork alone of the provincial government. The big chunks of support came from the Abono Partylist and the Department of Agriculture (DA). Without programs like “Maisan at Gulayan sa Barangay, Accelerated Certified Seeds Production, Agricultural Exposition, the provincial government albeit has not reaped the success along corn and rice production. However, Abono Partylist was seldom acknowledged as its partner.

In health services, Pangasinenses have been wanting of full medical support from the provincial government. While district hospitals have been renovated, it is still a fact that medical services are inadequate as medicines and medical equipment are still lacking. There are inadequacies in the delivery of support projects and programs to the barangay levels, a reality the provincial administration has to accept. Villagers are in need of good roads, seeds and fertilizers subsidies, sanitary deep wells, etc.

The worst the provincial administration has experienced in line with governance was when the Office of the Ombudsman indicted the Capitol occupants with a case of graft and corruption practices involving the illegal mining and trading of black sand in Lingayen. In 2011 until the indictment, the provincial government’s administration kept on denying the issue. But the Ombudsman has finally decided violations of anti-graft and corrupt law were committed. It was only under this administration that a provincial administrator and a provincial department head were sacked from government service with additional penalties of forfeiture of benefits, cancellation of licenses and perpetual ban to reentry the government service.
All the fruitful gains this present provincial administration boasted of through all these years of governance were all gone to waste because of the environmental degradation along the Lingayen beach areas due to illegal black sand mining and trading. With the remaining years in power, why not shift the development support to villages? Why not look back to priority programs that have been implemented?

People now are asking.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nash  |  January 12, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    aysus. compare mo naman before 2007 eh maraming nagbago sa pangasinan during the terms of governor espino. before 2007, sleeping giant talaga ang pangasinan pero nung dumating si espino gumanda kahit papano ang image ng ating province esp. sa tourism and health promotion at napatunayan. during the term ni espino ang daming awards both regional and national level ang nahakot ng province natin dahil sa pagpatakbo ni espino kesa dun sa amo mo na dating gobernador ng luyag pero sa manila naman nakatira na hindi alam ang nangyayari sa probinsya pati yung asawa nya nadama sa anomalya sa camp john hay. isip isip din pag may time. yung black sand issue punta ka sa sabangan hakutin mo lahat yung nkatambak na black sand dun kung sinasabi mong binenta daw. hindi ko alam kung bulag ka ba o hibdi marunong magcompare noon at ngayon.

  • 2. Mak Mak  |  April 9, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    natalo kasi yung manok nila nung nakaraang Eleksyon Milya Milya ang Layo,,, at Xempre ang lakas ng kalaban sa nakaupo sa taas eh,,, ikaw ba naman na kaibigan mu ang presidente,,, isang request lang… cge.. anyways… dakdakel so agawaan na Gobernador tayu… wether you like it or not… nasa Denial Stage pa kasi kau kaya ganyan….. face the reality…. nayarin tlaga si espino hehehe,,,, ckau ey say antayun gawaen puro panagderel ed arum ya totoo… try nyu magbalita ng good news…. para positibo ang buhay nyu! hehe just saying!


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