By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – Governor Roel Degamo reported his administration’s various major accomplishments despite many odds he faced in what he described was a challenging year.
“What could be considered as one of our top accomplishments is the understanding reached by the leaderships of both the executive and legislative departments of the province and to work as one for the good of the people,” said Degamo.
In spite of all the challenges, the governor said this year has been highlighted by a number of positive developments.
One of these is the completion of the four-storey Negros Oriental Hospital Central Block Building with the P36 million oxygen generating plant fully operational.
Another one is the IWAG Award given to the province by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for being one of the best implementing provinces of the anti-drug campaign.
The province is recognized by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry as best implementing local government unit on its anti-rabies campaign.
Meantime, the province continues to be under the conflict manageable category for having controlled the insurgency situation particularly in the southern part of the province.
“We have a lower crime rate as compared to Negros Occidental as well as the other provinces in the Central Visayas region,” Degamo said.
According to the governor, the province has continued to bring the basic medical services closer to the people, especially those living in the hinterlands thru the Magdegamo Medical-Dental-Surgical and animal welfare missions.
As of today, a total of 61 Medical, Dental, Surgical Animal Missions have been conducted benefitting around 65,000 individuals all over the province.
A total of 781 beneficiaries of the Magdegamo Scholarship Program are enrolled in the various Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) campuses aside from the other 442 student-beneficiaries of the other scholarship program.
Degamo also mentioned some achievements under the thrusts of environmental protection, agricultural production, gender and development, among others. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Dec. 16, 2016)