Gov. Roel Degamo said in his yearend report yesterday to the people of Negros Oriental that 2018 was a rewarding year for the province.
He said one of the awards received was the top performing local government unit on increased budget allotted to health.
Degamo started the year 2018 with a rough ride after serving a 90-day preventive suspension.
He said that, even after serving the suspension, a lot of political quarters in the province wanted to pull him down, but the machination made him more steadfast and unshaken to extend true public service to every Negrense.
Degamo said that at the end of every day, he is only accountable to God and to his constituents, and not to any politician.
He reported that the biggest chunk of the 2018 annual budget of P2,502,977,984 went to social services at 44.72 percent, or P1,119,299,227, for the administration’s HELP initiative, health, education and environment, livelihood and other programs and projects for peace and development.
On health, Degamo said the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) had 36,000 admissions in 2018, and malnutrition rate went down from 6.7 percent in 2017 to 5.6 percent in 2018, which is a significant downtrend.
A total of 51 Magdegamo medical missions served more than 38,000 individuals while 98 indigent patients were given financial assistance worth P3.75 million at the National Kidney Institute, Philippine General Hospital, and the Vicente Sotto Medical Center, among others.
Negros Oriental is among the few provinces with a Malasakit Center with an initial funding of P10 million from the national government, while the provincial health insurance was increased to P1.95 million, compared to only P200,000 in 2017.
On education, the provincial leadership appropriated P32 million for the special education fund to cover the personnel services of provincial-paid teachers, finance school improvement projects, educational researches, and the sports development program.
Scholarships were also extended to valedictorians and salutatorians in the province and 40 scholars were sent to medical schools, with some of them already giving back through their services to community primary hospitals as new doctors.
Dr. Henry Sojor said that, as provincial administrator of Negros Oriental, he is requesting the people to ride on the ship “MV Negros Oriental”, in response to the opening statement of Degamo that he will continue to steer the ship of leadership in the province.*
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