SAN FRANCISCO – The United Pangasinanes of America, Inc. (UPAI) led by its President Mario Cendana-Panoringan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its home Province of Pangasinan to establish a partnership to further advocate tourism and trade missions in Pangasinan.
Ably representing Gov. Amado Espino, III was Provincial Administrator and lawyer Nimrod Camba, who expressed his gratitude to the UPAI on behalf of the provincial government, for initiating the alliance which will also support the vision: “to make Pangasinan the best place to invest, work, live and raise a family.”
“To our dear Pangasinenses living in California, thank you very much for doing this. Sana wag po kayong magsawang bumalik dito. Itanduro tayo so probinsya tayon Pangasinan,” Camba said.
“We are signing the MOU hereby promoting these great projects of Pangasinan as a trade and tourism destination,” Panoringan stated, adding his vigorous aspirations as the current president of the organization.
“It’s a blessing that we, as an organization, are doing this,” Panoringan added as he professed that this project also targets to backstop business ventures of Pangasinenses here and those who are settled in California.
Prior to the signing of the MOU, the provincial board spearheaded by Vice-governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, unanimously approved Proposed Provincial Resolution No. 1397-2018 entitled “Authorizing the Honorable Governor Amado Espino, III, to enter into and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Pangasinenses of America, Inc. for the promotion, establishment and expansion of cultural, trade, tourism and other business relations between the Province of Pangasinan and the association.”
Sangguniang Panlalawigan Secretary and lawyer Verna Nava-Perez disclosed that few months back the organization, through Panoringan, already sent a request regarding the holding of “Pawil Pangasinan” every year, which is one of the tourism visions of the provincial government.
“As you can see, we have a better-looking and more productive province,” Perez exclaimed, as she commended the awe-inspiring leadership of Gov. Pogi and the organization lead by Mr. Panoringan, for continuously supporting the over-all progress of the province.
Atty. Camba and Panoringan led the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding wishing to strengthen cultural, trade and tourism ties between the Province of Pangasinan and the State of California through the San Francisco-based UPAI.
The MOU stipulated that both parties shall take all the opportunities within their competence to promote, strengthen, and expand cultural, trade and tourism and other business relations between concerned organizations and firms of both parties.
Also present to witness the contract-signing were UPAI members led by President Panoringan and “2018 Pawil Pangasinan Trade, Tourism & Medical Mission” Co-chairs, Bernard and Arsie Valdez, while the Office of the Governor were represented by some of the chiefs of the Office of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan including: Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Emilio Samson, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Benita Pizzaro, Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Ma. Luisa Elduayan, Provincial Information Officer, Orpheus Velasco, and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro.