Pangasinan provincial gov’t buying 24 brand new vehicles

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — In its bid to improve its service to the people of Pangasinan, the provincial government under Governor Amado “Pogi” Espino III is set to buy 24 units of motor vehicles this year for use of different offices.

This was contained in a resolution passed by the provincial board last January 16 authorizing Gov. Espino to buy these vehicles provided that it will comply with all the requirements of the Department of Interior and Local; Government (DILG) as well as the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

To be purchased among others are six brand new tourist buses, each of which is 47-seater; two coasters and two vans, all for the provincial tourism office; five service vehicles for the General Service Office (GSO) to be used by it in delivering medicines purchased for different provincial government-run hospitals; two pick-ups for the provincial engineering officer; two pick-ups for the provincial agriculture office.

Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario said the money to be used in the purchase of these vehicles will be drawn from part of the P250 million still unreleased loan of the province applied for with the Land Bank of the Philippines.

He said before the vehicles can be bought, it must comply with all the rules and regulations in accordance with the new guidelines promulgated by the DBM as well as DILG.

He said the brand new tourist buses will boost the six old tourists buses purchased under the administration of former Governor and now Fifth District Congressman Amado Espino Jr., which were fully used to help enhance tourism in the province.

Pangasinan is now number one in tourist arrivals among all provinces in Ilocos region.

On the other hand, the service vehicles will be used by GSO as Governor Espino does not want them to use ambulances in delivering the medical supplies of hospitals provincewide. Leonardo Micua/