Lingayen -- The Samahang Magdalo Provincial Chapter will soon have a cozy place to conduct their meetings and transactions after Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. has assured the immediate completion of their headquarters located in Carmen West, Rosales town.
The granting of request was made after some 31 officials and members of the Magdalo group led by M/Sgt Victoriano G. Bullanday (RET) PA paid a courtesy visit to the Governor on May 13 at the Governor’s office, here.
At present, the Samahang Magdalo, a non-profit and volunteer organization in the province, is composed of 28 sub-chapters in 25 towns and three cities with more than 100,000 members -- retired and active Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) personnel, employees from various government agencies as well as members of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).
The organization prods the Filipino people to become responsible and productive citizens of the country, and vigilant in the aspect of good governance.
Provincial President Bullanday said the group’s provincial chapter was established in 2009 (while Senator Trillanes and his group were put to exile because of the Oakwood Mutiny he led in 2007) with few members who are mostly from the military. “With sincere belief to the advocacies of the Magdalo group, the membership rose up in the past three years,” he added.
A resolution was handed by the Magdalo group to Gov. Espino to formally express a request for the urgent completion of their headquarters for them “to better pursue the organization’s noble purposes, goals and objectives.”
Governor Espino, who assured support and assistance for the completion of the headquarters, vowed to help them in their activities and programs which generally benefit Pangasinenses, especially the underprivileged sector.
The Governor, however, asked them to learn the Pangasinan Hymn and live with its meaningful message as the province’s official mantra which highlights the distinct Pangasinan cultural identity and heritage, and the glorious transformation of Pangasinan in the past seven years from being a non-entity into a best-performing province in the country.
“We thank him for his support to the group. Our strong presence is our way to make him feel our unwavering support to his administration,” Mangaldan Chapter President Ma. Aurora Morales said.
“Malaki ang pasasalamat ng Magdalo group kay Governor Espino para sa naitulong nya sa pagpapatayo ng aming headquarters,” she added.
Aside from the self-sustaining scholarship and employment assistance programs we provide for free, the group also focuses on activities to connect people through our “tulong-tulong sa kaunlaran” advocacy, Morales said. /MGNO