Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. welcomed the delegates of the 1st National Sportsfest of the Philippine Association of Local Treasurers and Assessors (PHALTRA), Inc. which formally opened recently at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center here.
The sportsfest dubbed, “1st National Sharing of Best Practices on Treasury and Assessment Operations and Wellness Program” and sponsored by the provincial government, kicked off with the Governor’s Night as its initial activity at the Sison Auditorium highlighted by the Danggoan Cultural Show.
Provincial Assessor Nestor Quiambao, also the PHALTRA president, said that almost a thousand members have participated in the four-day national sportsfest, to express their full support to the association and to personally observe and experience the best practices of Pangasinenses not just in terms of sports but more importantly in the area of treasury and assessment operations.
Quiambao said that under the leadership of Gov. Espino, fiscal management has improved thus several citations and awards were conferred to the province in the past four years to include Best Assessor in 2008, Region 1 Top Grosser on Real Property Tax Collection and National Most Outstanding Accounting Office, both in 2009.
“This is not just sports competition. Our goal here is to showcase our different best practices and I am sure that other provinces are interested to know how Pangasinan has reached its present stature as No. 1 province north of Manila under the stewardship of Gov. Espino,” the provincial assessor said as he added that the brand of leadership and the impact of the various development thrusts of the present administration serves as the rightful answer.
Various events of the sports competition include volleyball, basketball, tennis, relay obstacle race, walkathon, marathon, chess, billiards, bowling, practical shooting, 100-meter dash, tug-of-war, dancesport competition and cultural competition.
Aside from the sports competition, PHALTRA members were also treated with a tour of the premier tourism sites in Pangasinan aboard the provincial buses assisted by the province’s tour guides. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)