“Less infra, more on the people.” During her inaugural speech, AG Shirley Abundo stresses out that it is about time that the funds of the provincial government be concentrated to the people of Catanduanes.
Setting focus on projects deemed to benefit more people, re-elected Vice Governor Shirley A. Abundo will prioritize developments in the local health sector while assuming post as temporary chief executive of the Provincial Government of Catanduanes.
During her inaugural address on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the SP Session Hall, Legislative Building, Acting Gov. Abundo shared her founded difficulties along with Dr. Hazel Palmes, provincial health officer, Dr. Vietrez D. Abella, chief of hospital, on developing solutions for improvements on Eastern Bicol Medical Center (EBMC).
“Hindi po bababa sa 20-30 people ang humihingi ng tulong sa pagpa-ospital, pambayad sa ospital, pagpa-CTscan, pagpa-chemotherapy.”
“Kung meron tayong pwedeng baguhin o kailangang baguhin sa mga polisiya, kailangan mag-usap-usap po tayo to end everything that is happening at EBMC,” Abundo urges the health committee and Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) members.
Abundo also emphasized in her message the need of fund resources as well as the demand for fast transactions for the medical center. According to her, resolving these issues would grant her the contentment she hope for as Acting Governor.
Eleven out of Eleven. All members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) participated to recite the Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines (PBMLP) Creed on the inaugural session of SPs and inaugural address of AG Abundo.
“We are having really sleepless nights on what to do with EBMC. A lot of things had to be done with EBMC. Ma-resolve ko lang po ang EBMC, kontentado na po ako sa pagiging Acting Governor ko. Sila po ang talagang gusto kong tulungan kaya sana, tulungan niyo rin po ako,” Abundo addressed Dr. Palmes and Dr. Abella.
On other sectors
Meanwhile, Abundo proposed to press on with the educational assistance as an extension of the scholarship grant of the re-elected Governor Joseph C. Cua.
According to her, this will highly benefit poor students to get by on a day to day basis while finishing their college degrees. Along this, Abundo also plans on improving the Sports Development Program of the province.
“There is already a legislation. It is a matter of implementation now for the Office of the Governor or the Executive para maisakatuparan po itong Sports Development Program sa mga kabataan po natin.”
Abundo also encouraged the SP members to help out in implementing policies concerning sectors of agriculture and tourism, as well as the issue of ticketing stand in Tabaco port in Albay. She said that the Office of newly-elected Cong. Hector S. Sanchez has already set plans to directly resolve said matter to the Department of Transportation and Philippine Ports Authority.
On an ending note, the acting governor reiterated the collective effort she needs from the august body and provincial department heads for the betterment of the province.
Moreover, she only aspires to carry out the demands and services associated as the presiding Provincial Governor.
“You do not need to say na tao ako ni Shirley Abundo. Hindi po ganon. Tao po kayo ng probinsya ng Catanduanes. So let us work together as government employees of the province of Catanduanes.”
“I may not be given the chance again to be in this position. Minsan lang po sa buhay ko na maging Acting Governor ako, pababayaan ko po ba na mamali pa ako? Hangga’t naririto ako, gagawin ko rin naman po yung hinihingi sa akin ng pagkakataon na maging isang Acting Governor,” she stated.
The Inaugural Session was attended by Acting Gov. Abundo herself, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) headed by Acting Vice Gov. Lorenzo Templonuevo Jr., SP Sec. Atty. Gilbert Suarez and support staff, newly elected municipal officials, national agencies, department heads and fellow employees of the local government.
United front. AG Abundo aspires to ensure a collaborative effort along with the august body and provincial department heads for a more progressive and developed Catanduanes.