Guv aims for good governance

18/02/2009 12:41


LINGAYEN – “We will be firm and decisive in pursuing good governance, in putting provincial government priorities over and above purely political consideration”

“We will be firm and decisive in doing what it takes to provide you all with a provincial government that cares”

Governor Amado Espino Jr. made the appeal to all Pangasinenses when he delivered his State of the Province Address (Sopa) last Monday.

Espino said his administration gave first priority to the basic need of repairing and reconstructing the provincial Capitol and other administration buildings at the Capitol compound.

It also included, he said, “providing decent working conditions to provincial officials and employees; repairing or reconstructing the provincial Capitol hospitals and agricultural facilities; maintaining and upgrading provincial roads and bridges, and other key infrastructures; providing basic health insurance to indigent families; and maintaining peace and order.”

In the health care service, Espino reported that all wards at the Provincial Government-run hospitals are uniformly air-conditioned.

“And there is no longer any distinction between the rich and the poor. Our ultimate goal is to make sure that no pregnant woman will be left to deliver her baby at home. All pregnant women will invariably receive competent care and attention in a government birthing facility,” he said.

The governor said their dream is to convert the provincial hospital in San Carlos City into a medical center.

“It will be the benchmark in health and medical care even for the best private hospital in the province,” Espino remarked.

Their ambitious plan, he said, is the establishment of the Botikang Panlalawigan.

He explained that they want to ensure the steady supply of affordable, but quality generic drugs and medicines in the province's government hospitals, rural health units, and Botika sa Barangay.

“There is no reason why health and medical care should be inaccessible to the poor in our midst,” Espino stressed.