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Bulacan gov highlights developments in Bulacan during the 439th Foundation Day celebration
By: PPAO
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
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HONORING A BULAKENYO HERO. Bulacan First District Representative Jose Antonio R. Sy-Alvarado together with Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernandoleads the wreath laying activity at the monument of Gat. Marcelo H. Del Pilarduring the celebration of the 439th Founding Anniversary of the Province of Bulacan held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, City of Malolos, Bulacan, Tuesday morning. Joining them are (L-R) Board Member Allan Andan, HagonoyVice Mayor Pedro Santos, Board Members Felix Ople, Allan Ray Baluyot and Rino Castro, Second District Representative GaviniPancho, and Board Members Ma. Lourdes Posadas, Alexis Castro, Therese Cheryll Ople, Emelita Viceo, Perlita Delos Santos and Enrique Dela Cruz. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS - Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado underscored the developments in Bulacan since its foundation 439 years ago during the 439th Founding Anniversary of the Province of Bulacan held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city, early morning today.

“Sa susunod na taon po ay ganap na nating matutunghayan ang pagbabagong anyo ng ating lalawigan. Nakabalangkas na po ang mga lunsaran ng MRT 7, Manila North Railways, coastal roads, flood control, matitikman na po natin ang ating ipinaglalaban na tubig sa Bulacan Bulk Water right, techno-hubs, ang rehabilitasyon ng Angat Dam at rubber check gates ng Bustos Dam,” Alvarado said.

The governor also announced that Bulacan is supplying more than 60 percent of fish, meat and vegetables in Metro Manila and was awarded as one of the top seven provinces in agriculture.

“Kung noon tangan ang mga tabak at sibat at taglay ang mga ‘di matatawarang kagitingan at pagmamahal sa bayan, ngayon naman po ay taglay natin ang lahat ng kailangan upang maitaas ang antas ng pamumuhay at habang patungo tayo sa bagong hangganan, panatilihin natin ang diwa ng pagkakaisa,” the provincial chief executive added.

Meanwhile, Jaime Veneracion, a historian and professor from the University of the Philippines, shared the difference between being a resident of Bulacan and being a Bulakenyo.

“Hindi na tayo taga-Bulacan lamang dahil may dunong tayo tungkol sa pinagdaanan ng Bulacan, may malasakit tayo sa ating bayan, ituring natin ang ating mga sarili bilang mga Bulakenyo, mga Pilipino,” Veneracion said.

Also, Cong. Jose Antonio “Kuya Jonathan” Alvarado, the event’s guest speaker, said that today is the birthday of the province and there’s no better gift but the gift of progress and unity.

“Bakit hindi natin ipagpatuloy ang bayanihan, bakit hindi natin punuin ng puno muli ang lalawigan, bakit inuubos natin ang yaman ng ilog sa pagtatapon ng mga basura na nagiging cancer na pumapatay sa ating mga kababayan? Kung ‘di tayo magbabayanihan sasayangin natin ang buhay na kaloob sa atin. Palagi tayong humanap ng paraan upang pagalingin ang ating mga sarili,” Cong. Alvarado said.

He also shared that Bulacan is the first province in the country that implements free tuition in state colleges like Bulacan State University and Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Pulilan.

“Lahat ng Bulakenyo na naging saksi sa pagpapalaya sa ating bansa, sa lahat ng Bulakenyo sa panahong ito na patuloy na nagpapalaya sa mga sagabal sa pag-unlad, sa mga guro at mga magulang na nagbibigay aral sa kanilang mga anak, araw n’yo to, araw natin ito,” the congressman added.

On the other hand, Gawad Singkaban, an awards program that will recognize Outstanding Tourist Destination, Agri-Tourism, Hotel and Resort, Restaurant, Travel Agency, Tourism Office, Tour Guide and Most Supportive Media Award on Television, was launched as well as the finalists for the Sineliksik Bulacan Docu Fest 2017, a documentary competition, which depicts the history of each town in the province.

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