Lingayen – The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 2016 “Gabay- Laya” has expressed gratitude to the provincial government for its support on their three-day Cadet Immersion Program: Aksyon at Gawaing Bayanihan (CIPAG Bayanihan) 2015 held in Pangasinan from November 16-18.
Part of their community immersion program, the group conducted information and education (IEC) campaign on disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and donation of books in selected schools in Bugallon, Labrador, Binmaley and Lingayen towns on November 16.
Tree-planting activity and coastal clean-up along the coastal area of the Provincial Mangrove and Information Center in Arnedo, Bolinao and visit to the home of the aged, also in said town, were also conducted on November 17-18.
In a fellowship night at the Sison Auditorium on November 16, Kristian Dave Abigui , Class President, hailed Governor Espino for his transformative leadership in Pangasinan made more appealing with “his administration’s efforts in helping and nurturing people, and empowering them to help develop communities.”
Cadet Abigui likewise lauded the provincial administration for taking the lead in reviving local culture, history and traditions, which he said, “are needed in developing communities.”
Recounting his memories at the PMA, Governor Espino, a member of Class 1972, pointed out in his message that “any frustration that you will receive or experience at the academy is a challenge that will make you stronger.”
“To be in the PMA is a privilege; to graduate at the PMA is the best privilege that we could have, but the best privilege of it all is for you to pursue the visions and missions of our alma mater,” Governor Espino said.
Cadet Abigui, on behalf of PMA Class 2016, Maj. Manuel Kalang-ad and Joey dela Cruz, Community Development Course Director, presented a memento to Governor Espino during the fellowship night along with the ceremonial turn-over of books to the Pangasinan Provincial Library.
Pangasinan books (Pinablin Dalin and Kurit Panlunggaring Anthology) were also presented by Governor Espino to the PMA.
Also present during the fellowship were: Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro, chiefs of community and district hospitals and department heads of the provincial government.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca