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New beginnings for 2011

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As we entered the New Year, we were jolted by the news that Gov. Agustin “Tuting” Perdices passed away.

While his demise did not come as a surprise in view of his struggle with stomach cancer, it brought profound sadness and loss. He just served less than a year of his term, albeit most of it spent in the hospital. He left a legacy of dedicated public service and his motto: “I want to be known for my deeds.” Our prayers for his eternal rest and condolences to his bereaved loved ones.

Now that that the position of governor is vacant, Acting Gov. Roel Degamo is stepping into the position, by way of succession.

Life goes on, as the mode of succession is provided for by law. This new administration is really a departure from expected transitions because this is the first time there has been two successions to the position of Governor in a span of less than a year.

Tuting was elected vice governor in May 2010, but took over as Governor when Dodo Macias died in June 2010. Then Degamo, who was elected as Board Member, took over as vice governor, and now, is Governor.

Will these have an impact on the ordinary man on the street? It depends, but there are positive signs the legacy of the past governors will steer the Province in the direction, it will be taking. The delivery of basic services, such as health related programs, should be prioritized.

Recently, Mayor Chiquiting Sagarrbaria announced his program aimed at bringing health services to the barangays, in response to an urgent community need.

It is important to note that UNICEF reported that a total of 38 percent of Filipino children die of diarrhea and acute respiratory infections. The report was based on a study by the World Health Organization and the World Bank.

Pneumonia, one of the diseases associated with acute respiratory infections, is responsible for up to two million child deaths each year. It highlighted the finding that malnutrition plays a contributing role in more than half of child deaths.

Recently, there had been an outbreak of cholera in Alegria, Cebu, manifested in the form of sever diarrhea, due to the presence of E. coli in their water supply.

Did we check our water supply regularly this rainy season? The rains and the cold front brought an increase in flu and respiratory related infections, hence, the need for the provincial government to take note, and make the health centers, district and provincial hospitals ready to respond to a possible increase in patients.

Cong. Henry Pryde Teves declared his intentions to upgrade the institutional, personnel and physical capability of Bayawan District Hospital.

Cong. George Arnaiz has regularly extended his medical missions, and aid to needy hospital patients in this District, and had worked with the programs for the Provincial Hospital.

Cong. Josy Limkaichong made health as the centerpiece of her programs. Thus, while resources of government are limited, it is reassuring that our political leaders have prioritized health.

With the step in the right direction, and a unified approach to the delivery of basic services to the people, there will be new beginnings, towards a better, more prosperous New Year.

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