‘SET SAIL ON THE NEW SEA’: Gov. Joseph C. Cua presents his accomplishments in his 2nd State of the Province Address where he aims to make every Catandunganon sail towards shared vision of progress for the province.
Gov. Joseph C. Cua highlighted the accomplishments of his administration and urged the Catandunganons for their continued trust during his 2nd State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Friday, October 26 at the Catanduanes Convention Center.
In his 40-minute speech, Governor Cua presented the programs and projects implemented on his 2nd year as local chief executive.
“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,” he said.
This 2018, the administration’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program has already helped 1,670 indigents.
“An satong asistensya uminabot na sa Php 4.8M puon Enero hanggang Setyembre 2018 kun sain Php 3.2M kaini hale sa sakong opisina asin an Php 1.5M hale naman sa opisina ni Bise Gobernador Shy,” he said.
“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,” he furthered.
JAM-PACKED: National and local agencies, department heads, people from the academe and the media, PLGU and MLGU officials, barangay officials, line agencies and other stakeholders attended the 2nd SOPA of Gov. Joseph C. Cua held at the Catanduanes Convention Center.
Governor Cua also mentioned in his speech the measures the provincial government took to solve the island’s power crisis.
“Sa paagi ni Sen. Win Gatchalian, the National Power Corporation has assured to provide us with power barge that will augment the current power deficiency in the province,” he said.
The local chief executive also laid three of the 101 concreting projects, amounting to Php 113M.
“These are priority infrastructure projects na talagang kaipuhan asin mapapakinabangan nin mga tawo,” he said.
Moreover, Governor Cua also highlighted the programs of the provincial government in alleviating illegal drugs in the province.
Last April 23, 2018, 76 Intensive Out Patient Program (IOP) patients have been conferred with graduation after six to eight months of rehabilitation, with the governor priding Catanduanes as the first to do such in Bicol region, along with pioneering in August, the Balay Silangan program – a reformatory facility for Persons Who Used Drugs o PWUDs who plead guilty.
Aside from that, Catanduanes received an award from the Regional Committee on Peace and Order for having six drug-cleared barangays, 62 barangays to be declared drug-cleared, and 77 unaffected or drug-free barangays.
Governor Cua also bannered the rising tourism industry of the island as it was always featured by different amateur and professional bloggers worldwide.
“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,” he said.
“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,” he added.
The local chief executive also bragged the programs of the province in preserving the environment such as the JCC Environment Achievement Award and Project Save Our Sea Turtles.
Furthermore, Governor Cua’s speech discussed one of the highlights of the provincial government’s agriculture programs – the implementation of Abaca Rehabilitation Program to which the Department of Agriculture provided 50M pesos to be used by abaca farmers in rehabilitating their abaca plantations.
The SOPA also tackled the major accomplishment of the administration in the education of the Catandunganons, which is the scholarship for medicine, law and post-graduate studies that is now on its first year of implementation.
Lastly, Governor Cua laid down health services programs such as the strengthened 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 Php 11M,” he said.
In his speech, Governor Cua thanked the dedicated efforts of his department heads, Capitol employees, partner agencies and the people of Catanduanes for their continued support.
“You have trusted me to be your captain. Trust me again and onward we go,” he said.
SOPA is an annual report of the governor that highlights the accomplishments, plans and programs, presented to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, government and private agencies, officials, employees and general public.
SUPPORT FROM OTHER LEADERS: Respective members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan, mayors of different municipalities and PLGU department heads pose for a picture with Gov. Joseph C. Cua after his SOPA.
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