The year 2018 was a rewarding year for the province of Negros Oriental, says Gov. Roel Degamo in his year-end report to the people of the province today, one of the award of which is the top performing local government unit on increased budget allotted to health, among others.
Degamo said he started the year 2018 with a rough ride after serving a 90-preventive suspension and so needed to double time his work.
Even after the 90-day preventive suspension, Degamo said 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 his God and to his constituents and not to a single politician or to political clans.
The governor 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 which is an outcome of the administration’s HELP initiative, health, education and environment, livelihood and other programs and projects for peace and development.
On health, Degamo reported that the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) had 36,000 admissions in 2018, malnutrition rate went down from 6.7 percent in 2017 to 5.6 percent in 2018 which is a significant downtrend.
On the other hand, a total of 51 Magdegamo medical missions had served more than 38,000 individuals while 98 indigent patients were given financial assistance of P3.75 million at the National Kidney Institute, Philippine General Hospital, Vicente Sotto Medical Center, among others.
Also on health, Negros Oriental was among the only few provinces that has a Malasakit Center with an initial funding of P10 million from the national government through the special secretary to the President Bong Go while the provincial health insurance (PHINO) was increased from P1.950 compared to only P200,000 in 2017.
On Education, the provincial leadership had appropriated P32 million for special education fund to cover the personnel services of provincial-paid teachers, finance school improvement projects, educational researches and sports development program.
Aside from the scholarships extended to valedictorians and salutarians in the province and sending 40 scholars to medical schools, with some of them already returning back the services to community primary hospitals as new doctors.
Dr. Henry A. Sojor said that as provincial administrator of the province of Negros Oriental, he is requesting the people to ride on the ships “MV Negros Oriental” with the leadership of Gov. Degamo in response to the opening state of the governor that he will continue to stir the ship of leadership in this province.