Lingayen – Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. will deliver his State of the Province Address (SOPA) on February 16, Monday, at the Capitol Complex following an invitation by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP).
The eight SOPA to be delivered by Gov. Espino before he completes his third term as provincial chief executive in 2016 is the highlight of the 65th regular session of the 8th SP.
Section 465 (iii) of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 mandates the governor to annually brief the SP on the state of the province and to present the provincial government’s programs and policies for the new calendar year.
A resolution approved by the SP last January stated that “it is imperative that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan be apprised of the governor’s policies, priority development programs for the provincial government to engender further an atmosphere for an effective and closely coordinated working relationship between the provinces’ executive and legislative branches.”
Said resolution sponsored by all SP members present, further stated that SP members would be honored to listen to the Governor’s Report so it could be appropriately documented into the annals of history of the legislative body of the province.
A thanksgiving mass at 7am to be officiated by Msgr. Manuel S. Bravo, Vicar General of Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan will be held before the SOPA.
Meanwhile, courtesy call on the Governor and the SP at the Capitol building will be held after the SOPA. /MGNO