By Elsha Marie Soriano
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan –The Pangasinan provincial board has approved a resolution designating the 360-square meter lot on the western portion of the Capitol business area as site for the field service office of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO).
The resolution, proposed by Board Member Nestor Reyes, also authorized Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. to enter into a Deed of Usufruct with the PVAO granting the right to use the lot for the construction of the field service extension office.
“The PVAO field service office will provide adequate space to accommodate records and waiting lounge for some 6, 872 war veteran pensioners in the province,” Reyes said.
He said the present PVAO field office located in Bonuan Gueset in Dagupan City is not enough to serve the large number of the province’s veterans.
Reyes said the deed of usufruct, which will allow the PVAO to use the lot for 25 years, will be entered into between Ret. Lt. Gen. Ernesto Carolina, PVAO administrator and Gov. Espino.
He added the provincial government of Pangasinan gives a paramount concern and importance to the welfare and well-being of war veterans and their descendants.
“In order to perpetuate the patriotic services of veterans, the provincial government institutionalized the annual commemoration of the Lingayen Gulf Landing and named January 9 as Pangasinan Veteran’s Day,” Reyes added.
The 70th Lingayen Gulf Landing commemoration to be held on Friday will be attended by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Major Gen. Jim Pasquarette, Deputy Commander of the US-Army Pacific. (MCA/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)