Improvement of all hospitals:
top priority of a gubernatorial aspirant in Samar
By RICKY J. BAUTISTA
BASEY, Samar – “If I will be
chosen as (the next) governor of this province, the first thing that I will do
is to improve our Provincial
and all the district hospitals in this province.”
Mayor Neliph Figueroa
“Another thing is the massive
and alarming graft and corruption practices that are now happening in the
provincial administration involving millions of people’s money.”
Thus said Zumarraga Mayor
Neliph Figueroa during a “snap meeting” and gathering of the community leaders
and supporters held at the residence of come-backing mayoralty candidate of
Basey, Didi Estorninos, Sunday morning.
“Look at our provincial
hospital in Catbalogan, there were no medicines. No enough nurses that will look
into emergencies or sick people admitted into that hospital,” adding that
majority of the working nurses has resigned already because they haven’t
receiving exact salaries they deserved for at least six months.
One living proof to that “are
the wife of my nephew and her co-worker. They approached me informing that they
have just resigned. Like many others, some of us were deprived of our salaries,”
the mayor added.
“Also, residents that are
denied of medicines in the Samar Provincial Hospital (SPH) were given at the
extension office of your Congressman, we have reserve some aids there for such a
reason,” Mayor Figueroa stressed.
At this point, she vowed that
once she was elected into office, she will conduct a total facelift to SPH and
all the district hospitals in Basey, Marabut, Gandara, Tarangnan, and in
Calbayog City, all this province.
These hospitals should be
renovated, equip with necessary machines, beds and chairs, and most importantly
medicines, “so that our nurses and doctors will be inspired to serve for the
The lady mayor said she was
convinced by the two solons of the province to run for governor this coming May
14 election because they knew “I can handle the changing the image and the kind
of governance we are experiencing now.”
The frightening graft and
corruption in Samar is also one reason why I decided to accept the offer to run
as governor. “Imagine, the yearly Internal Revenue Allotment of Samar is about
800 million a year, but not a single development project has she done in our
province, nahihingain man ito nga aton mga kwarta? Pagmata na kita mga Samarnon.
We are being robbed by this person who is not even an uray nga Samarnon.”
“I challenge you all the
leaders to be more responsive to the calls for good governance. You should be
more participative in the social issues especially in choosing government
officials to ensure that the basic needs of the people be effectively
addressed,” mayor Figueroa disclosed.
Mayor Figueroa, who is the
incumbent president of the Samar Mayor’s League and concurrently the regional
president of the Mayor’s League of the Philippines for Eastern Visayas,
vice-president of the Mayor’s League in the whole Visayas and the chairman, in
one of the committees of the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. of the House
of Representatives is expected file her certificate of candidacy anytime soon.