By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – Re-elected Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo vows to bring improvement in health care services and other government programs as he takes another term as the province’s top chief executive.
In his speech during his inauguration ceremony held recently at the Provincial Convention Center, Degamo assured his constituents that his administration will continue and the strengthen the programs implemented during his previous term as governor.
Degamo said his leadership is anchored on his centerpiece program which is HELP (Health, Education, Livelihood Programs and Projects, Peace and Development).
On health, the governor announced that his administration will continue to enhance and improve the delivery of health services by making the newly-opened P350-million Central Bloc Building of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) fully operational before the end of the year.
He noted that the first and second floors of the said building are functioning right now but the 3rd and 4th floors will be utilized as soon as necessary equipment are installed there.
Aside from this, the provincial government will also enhance the diagnostic capability of the NOPH system for cancer protection and other serious illnesses by acquiring various diagnostic equipment such as the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), x-ray machines, and many others.
Another improvement to be expected at NOPH is the completion of the P36-million oxygen generator plant which Degamo said will be fast tracked to provide better services to the patients of the hospital.
Degamo lauded this achievement in health care program saying “we are the only local government unit in the region, both in Central Visayas and Negros Island Region that have put up a facility of this magnitude.”
On the other hand, he also cited other programs in health care which his administration will push through in his term.
“We will enhance the hospital information system particularly the operation of community primary hospitals located in the mountain barangays by providing each facility with internet connectivity,” he stressed.
He also assured that the provincial government will also continue to improve the health of mothers and children through basic and comprehensive maternal neonatal care in the province’s district and community hospitals.
Lastly on health care, the governor also promised that there will be more medical missions to be conducted in hinterland areas.
On education, he expressed his support to the Department of Education’s K -12 program and promises to support also the school based development programs to produce world class players.
“We will continue to fill in the gap in the education sector by providing information and communication technology equipment to various public schools both the NegOr and City Divisions,” he added.
On livelihood, Gov. Degamo disclosed that the provincial government will take advantage of the growing tourism industry.
“There is money in tourism, it spells livelihood. We will take advantage of the growing industry by focusing on the strategies identified in the tourism roadmap,” he said.
“We will pursue efforts to put in place the local government support program local economic development (LGSP-LED) particularly in the area of tourism development,” he added.
Moreover, he also promised that the provincial government will continue to provide livelihood opportunities to the unskilled sector through various skills and livelihood trainings under the Provincial Integrated Skills Training Center (PISTC) and Technology and Livelihood Development Center (TLDC) and also through its extended partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Lastly on livelihood, he also underscored that the present administration will also strengthen other avenues for livelihood development through job fairs, job matching services and microfinancing.
On the other hand, Gov. Degamo also spoke about the two special programs of the government, which are Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Gender and Development (GAD) in his speech.
For DRRM, the governor gave his commitment to achieve the goal to make Negros Oriental a disaster resilient.
To achieve this, he noted that 5% of the provincial government’s annual budget will go strengthening of DRRM measures.
Aside from this he also expressed his commitment in building an office for the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC).
For GAD, the governor stressed that will pursue the construction of women’s crisis center to address the needs of our abused women and children and put up a legal team that will defend women and children in crisis situation. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)