Date Posted: 2012-06-11 Posted by: Loejan S. Anudon
Fiesta is a religious festival that is usually celebrated with extravagant and elaborate display to honor a patron saint or thanksgiving for the bounties and blessings received by the people. The practice was handed down to us by our Spanish colonizers about 400 years ago that often lasts for days of excessive merrymaking and has since then become a part of our religious culture. Recently however, the practice was modified from being a drain to town’s finances into a fund-raising activity to raise money to fund projects that are deemed essential to the people.
Sison fiesta. What has become an expected deficit report after every town fiesta was eliminated starting from the time of then Mayor Kimi Cojuangco’s (now 5th district representative of Pangasinan) administration of the municipality of Sison. The criterion for the change is a simple act. It simply calls for honesty to reign above all things which is the current campaign of P-noy’s administration dubbed as “Tuwid na Daan” is all about.
One trial lawyer during his incumbency as municipal councilor has always vented his contention with the celebration because of the resulting deficit to the town’s accounting every after fiesta. A retired US medical practitioner who was once chosen to chair the town fiesta before Cojuangco told of his apprehension when he discovered extensive irregularities perpetrated under his management; deals were carried out without his attention. “The system is very vulnerable to corruption,” he said. He realized too late that he was not the only fiesta chairman; one plays the role behind the scene while he stands in front of the cameras. Since then he declined to hold fiesta positions.
It will never be a deficit throughout Mayor Pangasinan’s term. Mayor Mina Joy Pangasinan does not need to sign any indenture or waiver to prove the honest and transparent policy of her office. Her current administration strongly promotes accountability and openness long before the Corona trial. The municipal treasury office maintains its door open to those who want to scrutinize the proceeds acquired from the fiesta.
The proceeds of Sison Town Fiesta 2011 served exactly as per its purpose. A new Nissan fire truck equipped with modern mechanisms is now parked in front of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) station ready for emergency.
Special thanks to those who contributed to the success of the 2011 Sison town fiesta: the Fun Run participants, the Royal Family, municipal officials and employees, the Sison PNP, barangay officials and leaders, the Dep-ed, donors and advertisers, and the PEOPLE of Sison.