Friday, March 16, 2012

Pangasinan lays out safety plan for summer vacation

With the summer vacation fast approaching, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council laid out its plan for beach goers and sun worshippers.

Dubbed Oplan: SumVac, the operational plan aims to strengthen strategies on safety and targets zero drowning incidents in the province.

PDRRMC Spokesperson Avenix Arenas said part of the plan is to continuously train its personnel on skills and latest techniques on search and rescue efforts.

The water search and rescue (WASAR) team and the Provincial Health Office’ emergency response team are now dispatched in the shores to monitor beach goers. 

The council is now on ‘blue alert’ status which means the tactical operations center has skeletal forces to provide public service and answer alert calls 24 hours daily, Arenas said.

Little by little the provincial government, through the leadership of Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. was also able to purchase service vehicles, heavy equipments, and rubber boats to be used in rescue efforts.

The government has also built beach towers manned by able personnel to oversee the happenings in the waters. It also plans to construct bigger and more durable beach towers.

“Part of the preparedness plan is to construct additional beach towers, as the prescribed distance of beach towers according to the Department of Health is 100 meters,” Arenas said.

Interesting to note are the warning signages placed in strategic locations printed in four dialects and languages. Warnings like “Avoid swimming when under the influence of liquor; when waves are too high; when its dark; when stomach is full,” are all translated in four languages - Pangasinan, Ilocano, Filipino and English – to be better understood by locals and foreigners alike.

Arenas said a dialogue among the PDRRMC, barangay officials and shed owners yielded fruitful efforts to help one another in ensuring public safety in the beaches. She said the bottom line in going to the beaches is discipline.

The PDRRMC, now helmed by its new executive officer, retired Army Col. Fernando De Guzman, promises to exert all its efforts in ensuring the safety of Pangasinenses, tourist and visitors when they visit Pangasinan beaches. (JCR/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Pangasinan Tourism Council revitalized

THE Pangasinan Tourism Council (PTC) has been revived and reorganized by Gov. Amado Espino Jr. to draw up and implement a coordinated tourism program around the province.

Espino said the reorganization, undertaken by virtue of the governor’s Executive Order No.0143-2011, is necessary after most of the council’s members have vacated their positions or no longer represent the component offices or organizations included in the Provincial Tourism Board, that was created under Executive Order No.0094-07-2007.

The PTC is tasked to set up a sustainable tourism program for Pangasinan with the participation of local government units and industry players from the private sector.

Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin Lim, who once served as general manager of Duty Free Philippines, has been appointed vice-chairman of the council.

“We need to improve the services one particular area can offer. Even if you have a beautiful site, but road access is not suitable or even unavailable, tapos wala pang facilities, it will not attract local and foreign tourists. These are the things we need to carefully study, so that we could prepare a package for Pangasinan as a major tourist destination,” Lim said. (with report from CIO)      

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

‘Pangasinan: Gateway to 4Ts’ – FVR

Pangasinan should be the gateway to tourism, teaching, technology and teamwork.”
This was said by former President Fidel V. Ramos during the book launch of 111111-111 FVR WOW last November 11 at the elegant Sison Auditorium here.
The former President commended the leadership of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. whom he monickered GATE as he further said that the provincial chief executive is the “gateway to progress and peace” for Pangasinan. “Be a part of the gateway leading to Number One. Kulang ang daang tuwid. Kailangan ng daang tama thru the gate,” he said.
Gov. Espino hailed Pres. Ramos for his latest endeavor even as he disclosed that the launching of the book, which is a collection of the latter’s timeless quotes  that summarizes the best practices in citizenship and governance, will definitely inspire every reader and leader of society to make the best in a lifetime.
The Governor also said that the book serves as a timely inspiration in the province’s quest to become Number One as the present administration enriches the history, culture and arts of Pangasinan.
The book is authored by Melandrew T. Velasco, a Pangasinese writer, who served as public relation officer both for President Ramos and Gov. Espino, during his years at the PNP when he was the provincial director.
Velasco said that both leaders share a lot of things in common. “They are both generous, both great taskmasters, both profession-oriented, and both dedicated sons to their fathers,” he cited.
The book launching was attended by the members of the Provincial Board headed by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr., some local government unit officials led by Mayor Noel Nacar, PNP spearheaded by Provincial Director Rosueto Ricaforte, representatives from different sectors and line agencies, student leaders, FVR classmates, provincial department heads and chiefs of hospitals, and Pangasinan First Lady Priscilla Espino.
Said affair coincides with the 111th birth anniversary of Ambassador Narciso Rueca Ramos, Pres. FVR’s father.
The book launch was highlighted with the unveiling of Ambassador Ramoses bust with side activities like book signing and press conference. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Balungao Hilltop Adventure – longest Zipline in Region 1

Do you want to experience the sport Zip Lining? Then come to the town of Balungao here in Pangasinan! The town offers Balungao Hilltop Adventure which has the longest Zip Line in Region 1. The Zip Line has a length 600 meters which could last from 15 seconds to a minute depending on your weight and your position when you are suspended at the Zip Line.

Balungao Hilltop Adventure also offers ATV Riding, Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Mountain Biking, Trail Walking, Trust Fall, Hot and Cold Swimming Pools and soon they well be opening its Bungee Trampoline.

So come and visit Balungao to experience the Balungao Hilltop Adventure.

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