Today, I want to begin by greeting every one of you a Joyful 73rd Catandungan Anniversary. And as we mark this occasion, let us be mindful that we stand here today reaping the fruits of our forefather, who in his capacity as legislator, fought for the autonomy and independence that we rightfully deserve.
Mga tugang, nagtutubod ako na kita gabos nasa sarong barko. And for the last three years, we have been sailing on both the roughest of waves and the smoothest of seas. And our sail was made possible by our collective efforts that sprung from your trust.
This is my 2nd State of the Province Address in my fresh term as governor, making this my 8th total SOPA. And in this address, let us remind ourselves of the horizons we traversed, the possibilities we discovered, and above all the challenges we sailed on.
Amid all the noise and rancor of some people against me, today I stand here in awe of the critical steps we have made in making sure we build an efficient and effective governance for the people of Catanduanes.
The outcome of our work is commendable.
If you look around you, you see people who, in one way or another, have been a part of the effort to bring Catanduanes to where we are right now.
Today, I address you, respective members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and all of you present here today. And to our fellow Catandunganons across the sea watching us live in social media, I address you, just as I address these people before me.
I share the works of another year’s sail of the dedicated department heads, division chiefs, capitol employees, and partner government agencies. They are the ones who dedicated their sweat to power and stir us to the shore of our dreamed destination.
For the last three years, we have not wasted any time in making sure the provincial government of Catanduanes provides the best service that is pro-people, especially one that is pro-poor.
Over the years, we have come a long way of helping others just like Jerome T. Evangelista of Barangay Napo, Pandan, who was diagnosed of having Chronic Kidney Failure. Ang saiyang ina na si Nenita, sarong retired government employee pero dai siya nin nakokobra sa saiyang employer kaya kulang ang imo na gastuson sa pagpa-dialysis ki Jerome nin tulong beses sa sarong semana. Siya ngunyan naghahalat na maordenahan bilang sarong diakono.
Saro pa sa natuwangan niato iyo si Stephen Jay Buenaco, bente syete anyos, na na-diagnose nin Seizure Disorder. Ang saiyang ama sarong tricycle driver na gakita nin 300 pesos ang aldaw. Nagpunta sinda sa kapitolyo tanganing matuwangan na mabawasan ang dakulang bayadan ninda sa hospital asin nagtao kita nin sapat na ayuda para mabayadan an saindang hospital bill.
Asin si Marcelin P. Clavano, singkwenta y dos anyos na taga-Palumbanes, Caramoran. She went to my office, with a heavy burden in her heart. Grabe ang saiyang pakimahelak na matuwangan siya para matubos ang saiyang aki sa punerarya ta dai nya kayang bayadan ang pagpaembalsamar buda kabaong. Tinaw-an ta nin magkakanigong asistensya para mailuwas ang saiyang aki sa punerarya asin ipinahatod ta sa Palumbanes ang bangkay kan saiyang aki.
Si Jerome, Stephen, asin si Marcelin, kabali sinda sa 1,670 indigents na satuyang natuwangan ngunyan na taon sa paagi nin programa na Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation o AICS. 614 kaini hale sa opisina ni Bise Gobernador Shirley Abundo.
An satong asistensya uminabot na sa 4.8 Million pesos puon Enero hanggang Setyembre 2018 kun sain 3.2 M pesos kaini hale sa sakong oficina asin an 1.5 M pesos hale naman sa oficina ni Bise Gobernador Shy.
Almost 47% of the total disbursed fund went to medical assistance, while 28% went to hospital bills, 19% for burial assistance, and the remaining 4% to other forms of assistance such as walking canes and wheelchairs that were given to senior citizens.
We have also increased our assistance to DepEd Catanduanes, especially in the field of sports, by allocating the largest amount of Special Education Fund to sports and development. Ini sa paglaom na ang satuyang mga kabataan mailikay sa maraot na bisyo sa paagi kan isports. Part of our accomplishments is to rehabilitate the swimming pool located at the Division Oval. This is after our swimming athletes brought home gold and other medals in different swimming categories last Palarong Bicol 2018.
Also, the service vehicle that I promised to DepEd was already bid out. This will assist the teachers during their monitoring and learning enhancement activities.
The provincial government has continued its service in providing care through our Happy Home, which houses children in conflict with the law, and those who are victims of abuse or incest.
Through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), we have successfully completed the payout of 11 LGUs that received the Emergency Shelter Assistance Project for Partially Damaged Houses Due to Typhoon “Nina.”
We have served 16,273 families amounting to a total of 162.6 Million pesos. Our assurance is that we shall remain committed to serving our fellow Catandunganons and we shall endeavor to exceed by the expectations.
We remain true to our promise to provide livelihood opportunities by partnering with Phil Nippon, DOLE, and TESDA. As part of our support, we provide financial assistance that is used in the preparation of documents needed for their jobs.
Manungod sa problema sa kuryente, sa paagi ni Senator Win Gatchalian, the National Power Corporation has assured to provide us with power barge that will augment the current power deficiency in the province. Dakulang bagay ini tanganing dai mauyag diretso an satuyang appliances asin ma-encourage ang mga investor na mag-invest digdi sa satuyang probinsiya.
Ang provincial government dai man nagpapamurhi sa pagtao nin infrastructure projects sa satuyang mga kahimanwa arog nin: Concreting of Buenavista-to-Cagraray Provincial Road amounting to 47 Million pesos; Concreting of Pandan-to-Balangonan Provincial Road amounting to 50 Million pesos; and Concreting of Pajo-to-Daguindingan Provincial Road amounting to 16 Million pesos. Ini tulo sana sa 101 na concreting and infrastructure projects na pig-implementar kan probinsya. Ang iba po kaini natapos na asin ang iba on-going pa.
Asin ngunyan, naaprobahan na ang satuyang 350M pesos na loan sa Landbank na gagamiton tanganing matapos ang Phase 2 kan Center Mall asin pambakal nin mga heavy equipment para sa maintenance kan satuyang mga kalsada.
These are priority infrastructure projects na talagang kaipuhan asin mapapakinabangan nin mga tawo. Dai lang ini nahalata ta pinili kong dai ilaag ang sakuyang pandok sa mga tarpaulin sa kada road concreting, o dai ko pinalaag ang sakuyang initials sa mga seawall or mga building ta masupog man tabi sa saindo. Bako ko ining imo. Saindo ini.
Nagtutubod ako na dai man dapat pagpamukhaon sa mga tawo ang konkretong nagibo kundi dapat mamatean kan lambang konstituentes. Ta kung igwa man kitang nanud-an sa bagyo, iyo an maski anong konkretong edificio na itinugdok, mauuyag. Kaya mayad sanang nagtutugdok nin legasiya sa puso ta ini dai nungka magagaba.
PROGRAMS VS. DRUGS
Arog kan satuyang naituwang sa mga tugang niato na naging biktima kang ipinagbabawal na droga. Igwa nin 76 na graduate nin Intensive Out Patient Program (IOP) nin Department of Health (DOH) na naggradwar kaso naka-aging Abril 23, 2018 uya sa Capitol Dome matapos ang anom hanggang walong bulan na rehabilitation. Ang Catanduanes ang pinakaenot na probinsya na nagpagradwar nin IOP patients sa bilog na Bicol.
Dagdag pa uya, kan nakaaging Hulyo, inawardan kita nin Regional Committee on Peace and Order for having 6 drug-cleared barangays, 62 barangays to be declared as drug-cleared, and 77 unaffected or drug-free barangays.
Asin kan nakaaging Agosto, an Catanduanes man ang pinakaenot na nagkaigwang Balay Silangan Program sa entirong Bicol. Saro ining reformatory facility nin mga Persons Who Used Drugs o PWUDs na nag-plead guilty sa korte.
Nag-alokar kita nin 5M pesos na initial na pondo para sa pagrehabilitate kan old provincial jail na gigibuhong Balay Silangan Center.
Arog po kaan kaseryoso ang satuyang programa kontra droga.
Because of our efforts against illegal drug activities, people tried to desperately destroy my name, tagging me as a drug lord, and even a murderer. In the process, they also destroyed the good name of our province, and took away the credibility of the people’s trust.
The people behind this campaign are maybe the same people who are really involved in drugs. Inuuyag ninda ang sakuyang pangaran tanganing pagtakpan ang totoong involvement ninda sa illegal na droga sa probinsya.
I am blessed and lucky that justice favored the truth as the respected Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice have dismissed these cases filed against me in relation to the discovery of the shabu laboratory and the death of Larry Que.
Our political enemies may continue to flood us with black propaganda, but we will never drown in lies; rather, we will rise above the waves with truth.
Fortunately, these issues failed to sink our spirits down, but fueled our dedication to lead Catanduanes to progress.
In our efforts to boost our socio-economic development, we have shown our support in raising the tourism industry of our happy island. From 2016 to present, our tourism industry has been a favorite talk not just here in Bicol but also in our country. We are consistently on the spotlight as a tourist destination. Proof of which is that for 2018, different tourist attractions in the province were featured again by bloggers who were amazed by the unspoiled beauty of our province. The Happy Island continues to be a favorite feature in professional and amateur blogs worldwide. These blogs have helped boost the hype for the souls who crave for perfect getaways.
Just recently, the province was selected as main location in the filming of a Cinemalaya film titled Ani, proof of the scenic views that our Island beholds.
The Happy Island was also consistent in engaging in mainstream media exposures for 2018 such as ABS-CBN Bicol and Living Asia Channel, as well as in print in the likes of giants Inquirer and BusinessMirror.
We also ventured in familiarization tour to connect Catanduanes to neighboring provinces in the country. We conducted Pampanga Agents Travel Society (PATS) Familiarization Tour connecting the Happy Island to Northern Philippines via Philippine Airlines with route Clark-Virac, and vice-versa.
This was followed by another tour to media teams composed of 10 Bicol-based media practitioners from print, radio, TV and online news channels and social media. This is to drumbeat our Happy Island in our neighboring Bicol provinces.
We have also merged history and tourism as we hold our very first “Trek Back in History,” climbing the mountains of Barangay Bote, Bato, Catanduanes in search for the bunkers used by the Japanese Imperial Forces during World War II.
In addition, the 3rd staging of Abaca Festival was a historic affair for the province. Because of our tourism potentials, the Department of Tourism Region V selected our province to host the maiden launching of “Exciting Bicol Festival of Festivals Showdown,” in by different cities and provinces in Bicol. This was the formal launching of Region V’s new tourism tagline as “Exciting Bicol” from “Gayon Bicol.”
I firmly believe that limit is not in sight for Catanduanes, now that we have the support of the DOT. Benjamin Santiago, the Regional Director of DOT Region V even applauded our efforts to boost our tourism and showcase it as a “gem in the Pacific.”
Our tourist arrivals for 1st and 2nd quarters in 2018 have reached 119, 764, equivalent to 4.22% growth rate compared with the first two quarters in 2017. Every year, there is a visible growth rate since 2007 when I first took seat as your governor reaching to 336% increase of tourist arrivals.
It is a constant challenge for us not only to promote Catanduanes, but also to pursue sustainable tourism. We should dedicate our efforts in taking care of our tourist spots, so that the next generation will be able to witness the beauty it boldly shouts today.
In line with the celebration of Linggo ng Kalikasan, we launched the JCC Environmental Achievement Award intended to recognize tourism establishments that showcased best practices in solid waste management.
Satuya man siyempreng pinapadagos ang satuyang adbokasiya na Project Save Our Sea Turtles. We are now drafting the ordinance that will institutionalize this program.
As we pursue promotion, let us also aim for protection. I now call upon all local leaders in the 11 municipalities of the province to aim for sustainability and protection. Dai paglingawan na maging seryoso sa pagmantenir kan kalinigan, lalo na sa dagat asin sa mga tourist destination. Let us elevate tourism and environmental preservation together.
For the last three years, we have not also forgotten the fundamental industry of the province, yet also considered as the most vulnerable – our agriculture.
Igwa na kita nin 276 farmers na napa-graduate sa Farmer Field School o FFS on Palay Check System, Organic Rice Production, Climate Change and Vegetable Production, asin Season-Long Training Course. FFS aims to share knowledge in organic farming to farmers to increase yield and improve their income.
Through our initiative, we also distributed 18 units of Hand Tractors to organized farmer association in the municipalities of Viga, Caramoran, San Andres, Virac, Bato and San Miguel. In addition, we also distributed 8 units of Palay Thresher and 2 units of 4WD Tractor.
One of the highlights of our agricultural programs is the implementation of the Abaca Rehabilitation Program to which the Department of Agriculture provided 50M pesos to be used by abaca farmers in rehabilitating their abaca plantations.
Mga tugang, medyo naawat po ang implementasyon kan abaca rehab program dahil may sarong politiko na hinarang ang pag-download kan pondo dahil ang gusto niya ibakal nin liquid fertilizer na aram ta man sana na dai piggagamit kan satong abaca farmers.
Ikaduwa, gusto niyang taw-an nin insentibo ang saiyang mga tawohan maski bako man na abakaleros.
Although the fund was only downloaded to the provincial government in March 2018, two years after Typhoon Nina, para mapadali ang implementasyon, nag-provide kita nin 5M as counterpart for wages of 20 local abaca technicians deployed province-wide dahil kulang ang staff nin PhilFIDA. Saro man ini sa rason kung ngata na-delay ang pag-evaluate.
To date, the implementation of the Abaca Rehabilitation Program – Cash for Work Incentive is currently 58.7% completed. This is equivalent to 7,375 farmers served. We are confident that we will hit the 100% target by the end of this year.
Meanwhile, with the wisdom and help of our legislators in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Governor Shirley Abundo, our dream scholarship, that aims to cater medicine, law, and post graduate scholarship to deserving Catandunganon youth, is now approved and on its first year of implementation. For this year alone, we are allocating 5 million for this specific scholarship program.
This program is hitting two birds with one stone. Matatabangan tana ang mga aki na hari sa mga pobreng pamilya na gustong maging doctor asin abogado, masosolusyonan ta pa ang problema sa kakulangan nin mga doktor sa satuyang mga ospital asin mga abogado na pwedeng makatabang sa mga pobreng nangangaipo nin legal assistance.
It is my dream that in the years to come, we will add courses relating to environment, or other professionals that our province needs. This is what it means to invest in our people. My administration aims to balance programs that do not only focus on infrastructure, but more so, invest in the greatest asset of the province – our people.
Again, let us dream big for our province, that our own people will go from the farthest north to the secluded south to provide services that Catandunganons need. THIS IS MY DREAM. I firmly believe that this is stronger than concrete.
Lastly, under my administration we put health services as top priority because we understand that the Happy People of the Happy Island, are also Healthy People of a Healthy Island.
We have strengthened and improved the implementation of the “No Balance Billing Policy” of PhilHealth, wherein no other fee or out-of-pocket expenses shall be charged to the indigent patients above and beyond the packaged rates during their confinement period. From January to September, we have accommodated 2,176 patients covered by “No Balance Billing” amounting to almost 11M.
Out-of-pocket expenses of admitted patients were minimized. Medicines and laboratory examinations are now being provided by Eastern Bicol Medical Center (EBMC) through our Outsourced Pharmacy and Assistance program. Nakipagkontrata kita sa Planet Drugstore, asin saro sa benepisyo kaini dai na nauubusan nin bulong sa EBMC.
Moreover, we continue to support our Universal Health Program, wherein 536 indigents from January to August have been enrolled to PhilHealth under the Point of Service program.
With the tracking system of PhilHealth reimbursement we have at EBMC, we were included among TOP 10 HEALTH FACILITIES in Bicol Region being paid by PhilHealth.
In line with our commitment to provide continuous emergency response to our patients, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), through its Ambulance Donation Program, approved our request for 1 unit of ambulance for EBMC.
We have boosted our hospital modernization efforts by upgrading our hospital facilities and equipment, in partnership with Department of Health (DOH) through its Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP), which includes: Repair of Payward Rooms and Expansion of OPD Waiting Area. The Expansion of Ob-Gyne Complex, Installation of Fire Sprinkler, Installation of Oxygen Generator to Special Areas. Construction of Dialysis Center and Drug Testing Center will be bid out before the end of this year.
Kabali pa diyan an Renovation and Improvement nin Bato Maternity and Children’s Hospital, asin nin Pandan and Viga District Hospitals.
DOH granted the province of Catanduanes more than 287 million pesos of support for different health programs, improvement of facilities, and infrastructure projects. This is in addition to the newly received Newborn Hearing Screening machine, hospital beds and side tables that came from DOH.
DOH also selected Catanduanes as the ONLY LOCAL GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL operating under Local Economic Enterprise as a Model Hospital of Integrated Hospital Operations and Management Information System (I-HOMIS). One implication of this is that under the eyes of the health department, we are a priority hospital. This is one crucial step in improving our health care service, especially for the poor.
Just recently, a team from DOH, in cooperation with Provincial Health Office and Eastern Bicol Medical Center, conducted a health caravan that catered minor surgeries to residents of Virac, Bato, San Andres and Gigmoto.
As a fruit of our efforts, Catanduanes has received the HIGHEST HEALTH SERVICE AWARD YET, the Salud Bicolnon Magayagaya award. This is the first time we have achieved such recognition – an award given by the DOH to institutions that excellently supported and implemented different health programs recognizing the best practices and initiatives of different partners in health program.
I personally extend my warmest gratitude to the dedicated work of the different district hospitals, EBMC, Provincial Health Office (PHO) and the provincial government.
It is not easy to rebuild EBMC, but slowly, we are making sure that this becomes a hospital that you, my dear people of Catanduanes, can lean on.
I believe it is worth mentioning that in October last year, we have won our third consecutive Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), and WE ARE THE ONLY PROVINCE IN BICOL that is a HALL OF FAMER AWARDEE. And just last month, with the joint efforts of the PHO and the Provincial Veterinary Office, we have added another feather in our cap as we became the EIGHTH province in the entire country to be declared as Rabies-Free, as all our 11 municipalities were also declared as rabies-free zones.
With all these, I thank and congratulate all the mayors, Dr. Hazel Palmes, and Dr. Jane Rubio for all the hardwork that you have given for the province.
My dear friends, THESE ARE THE RESULTS OF YOUR TRUST.
Honestly, you made my job as a governor easy, because all of you are willing to work with one another in pursuit of our common goal.
Kung ako matao nin sarong deskripsyon sa kung ano ang namati ko ngunyan, daing iba kundi ‘maswerte.’ Maswerte ako na katrabaho ang mga pinakamahigos na department heads, division chiefs and Capitol employees in our day-to-day business.
Maswerte man ako ta igwa ako nin mga mahihigos na mga miyembro kan Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa pangingenotan ni Bise Gobernador Shirley Abundo, na under her term has already passed and approved over 750 Resolutions and 31 Ordinances.
Asin maswerte man ako ta ako saindong tiniwalaan guiraray. Bibihira ang gobernador na natataw-an nin tulong termino sa pagiging gobernador.
Kamo tabi mga tugang ang nagdara sa sakuya sa kung hain ako ngunyan. You have brought the change that we now see in the province. When you chose me three years ago, you decided that we are going to the direction of progress. Kaya kamo po ang rason kung ngata uya kita gabos. Kamo po ang rason kung hain kita ngunyan.
We made sure that our brand of leadership is a leadership that answers to the needs of the LOST, the LAST and the LEAST.
I am passionate in leaving a legacy that is not built by stones, gravel nor by concrete – a legacy that stands lofty in the hearts of the people.
My dear people of Catanduanes, the election season is in the air. We will be faced with the question on who should we trust once again. You know that our work is a work that is close to the people; it is a work that responds to your needs. More than giving a place na “masisilungan,” we have provided services na inyong “matatakbuhan.” More than all the concrete roads, the Provincial Capitol has helped you traverse the most challenging times of your life.
Daing ibang pupuntahan ang saindong tiwala kundi sa saindo man sana.
THERE IS A NEW SEA TO SAIL. Ibahan nyo ako sa barkong ini paduman sa magayon na futuro nin satuyang probinsya. Together, let us weather all the storms, embrace every wave, and let us set sail on this new sea.
Nasa sarong sakayan kita. Sa sarong biyahe, na kun sarabay kitang masagwan, makasampot asin madoong kita sa baybayon nin tunay na kauswagan. Alagad kun makanya-kanya kitang kampay, pwedeng malamos kita sa dagat nin katibaadan.
You have trusted me to be your captain. Trust me again. And ONWARD, WE GO.
Ako tabi an saindong kapitan, si BOBOY CUA, digdi sa barkong SULONG CATANDUNGAN…ABANTE BAPOR!
Sa liwat, Diyos marhay na aga, asin Sulong Catandungan! Sulong Pilipinas!
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