Lingayen – Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. went on study tour on Kurobe dam, a hydroelectric power facility of Kansai Electric Power Company along the Kurobe River in Toyama Prefecture, Honshu Island in Japan from May 27-31.
The Kurobe dam, built between 1956 and 1963, is the tallest dam in Japan at 186 meters high; it supports the 335 megawatt Kurobe No. 4 hydroelectric powerplant.
The governor and his party which includes Sangguniang Panlalawigan Secretary Verna Nava-Perez and Provincial Legal Officer Geraldine Baniqued has been invited by Ryukichi Kawaguchi, president and chief executive officer of San Roque Power Corporation (SRPC) based in San Manuel, Pangasinan.
In a letter sent to Governor Espino, Kawaguchi invited the provincial officials for them to see how said power facility provides electrification in the area it covers. The Kurobe hydroelectric power played a vital role in the economic development of Japan during post World War II, he stated.
The travel has been authorized by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
Governor Espino designated 6th District Board Member Alfonso Bince, Jr. as OIC Governor in lieu of Vice Governor Calimlim.
BM Bince, a senior member of the legislative body, has expressed gratitude to the provincial chief executive for his trust in him as he vowed to exert best effort to watch the affairs of the province while the Governor is away.
SP Member Napoleon Fontelera from the 1st district has been designated as Vice Governor – Presiding Officer Protempore.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca