Gov. Wong vows to bring reforms in her first State of the Province Address

VIRAC, Catanduanes) - Catanduanes Governor Araceli B. Wong calls on her constituents during her first State of the Province Address (SOPA) to be partners of the local government in pursuit for progress and development.

Wong said her administration is eyeing a better Catanduanes in the near future and such can be achieved if everyone will work together.

The lady governor said that her administration is focused on the immediate reforms and provision of quality medical services in the province.

Wong also disclosed that the provincial government has allotted P116 Million for health programs services aside from the P41.8 Million in projects from the Department of Health (DOH) for health facility enhancement programs of the Barangay Health Stations, Rural Health Units, District Hospitals and Eastern Bicol Medical Center (EBMC).

She also tackled issue of the conversion of the EBMC into an economic enterprise, citing that a Board of Trustees—the policy-making body which shall handle issues concerning EBMC- was already constituted.

Wong added that a scholarship program will be launched by her administration this coming school year which shall cover full scholarship, partial education assistance and Student Loan Assistance.

She also told her constituents that on December 2013, Department of Education here already underwent bidding for the implementation of around P37 Million worth of new classrooms.

On Peace and Order, Wong reiterated her call to the elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to curb illegal activities in the island.

She also revealed that anytime soon, eleven patrol cars from PNP national headquarters will be delivered and will be distributed to the towns of the province.

Moreover, the official assured the public especially the religious sector headed by Bishop Manolo Delos Santos regarding her stand against any kind of mining in any part of the province.

According to her, she is firm in making Catanduanes a ‘mining-free’ island.

She also expressed her desire to strengthen the province’s tourism.

According to Wong, her administration is targeting to make the P700 Million worth of tourism programs a realization which shall include the rehabilitation of various historical places in the various towns of Catanduanes.

Furthermore, Wong disclosed that the province have P16 Million budget for Agriculture this year excluding the P6.5 Million for Abalone and Salt production Agricultural Services Budget for the towns of Panganiban and Baras.

In closing Wong thanked her constituents and co-officials for the trust and ask for continued support especially the guidance of Almighty God for a better Catanduanes.

Meanwhile, in his acceptance speech, Vice-Governor Jose J. Teves, Jr. affirmed the support of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Catanduanes to all the undertakings of Wong’s administration for the welfare of Catandunganons. (MAL/EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)