Mark says agri, tourism are his main programs
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN –Gubernatorial aspirant Mark Cojuangco said he would focus on agriculture and tourism when he becomes governor of the province, saying these are the industries that could propel Pangasinan to greater heights.
Pangasinan’s gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial bets Mark O. Cojuangco and Mark Roy Macanlalay
During the National People’s Coalition rally last week, he said the farmers in the province should not content themselves with planting, harvesting , and selling their palay and corn.
He said more value on these products can be put by creating cooperatives and building post harvest facilities.
“Pag ginawang feeds iyan, pag pinaka-in yan sa manok, pag pinaka-in sa baboy, baboy na manok na feeds na mataas din ang halaga ng mais. Sana ang ating magsasaka ang makinabang sa diperensiya ng presyo ng finished product kaysa raw materials. Nakita ko po iyan sa ibang probinsiya. Nakita ko po iyan sa ibang bansa. Hindi ko pa nakita ang dahilan kung bakit hinde puweding mangyari dito sa ating probinsiya ng Pangasinan,” said by the 58 years old son of business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco..
He lamented how a sea port was not built in Sual, Pangasinan and expect that an international airport would be constructed in Alaminos City.
The sea port, he cited, could generate manufacturing jobs while the airport would spike the tourism industry.
He said tourism would give employment to Pangasinenses through the Dollars, Yen, Deutsche Mark, and other currencies that foreign investors would pay them.
Cojuangco also said he would concentrate on solving the perrenial flooding in the province.
“Laging pangarap ko rin po iyong matuldukan na sana ang laging pag babaha sa mga lugar ng ating probinsiya tuwing panahon ng tag ulan (It is my dream that we end the deluge in many places in our province every time there is a downpour)”
He cited how he, as a three term congressman, made the perennial flooding a thing of the past in the Fifth District of Pangasinan.
“Sa bayan po ng Binalonan, sa bayan ng Laoac, sa siyudad ng Urdaneta, sa bayan ng Villasis. Marami pang lugar na natuldukan na namin ang pagbaha (In the town of Binalonan, in the town of Laoac, in the city of Urdaneta, in the town of Villasis and many places where we already solved the problem of flooding)”.
He said he was able to do this with a measly annual P70 million priority development assistance fund (PDAF).
The provincial government’s P3 billion peso budget should have solved the flooding in the province, he said.
A congressman, he explained, has no personnel to do his bidding while a governor has thousands of workers to implement the projects that he wants.
“Kung iyan po na iyan sa Quinto Distrito ang nagawa ko bilang isang congressman, ano kaya ang kaya kung gawin bilang isang gobernador para sa lahat ng bayan sa ating probinsiya (If I did those projects in the fifth district as a congressman, how much more could I do in the entire province if I am the governor of Pangasinan?)”, he told the political leaders and supporters during the rally.
He pledged too to make Pangasinan attractive to investors so her people would have jobs and better standard of living.
“With jobs here Pangasinenses no longer need to go outside the province to look for employment,” he said.
He declared that he was more qualified than his rival, saying his two decades of being older that his years against his 30-something year old rival was one of his advantages in running the huge province.
“Malaki po ang aking kumpiyansa na sabihin sa inyong lahat si Mark Cojuangco ay magiging isang mas mahusay na gobernador kaysa kay Pogi! (I have the confidence to tell you all that Mark Cojuangco would be a better governor than Pogi!) “he told the political leaders and supporters who attended his grand rally at the public plaza here last Monday.
Cojuangco was with his vice governorship tandem Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay and his ticket in the provincial board.
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