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Figueroa highlights health services, livelihood programs in his campaign

By ELI C. DALUMPINES (PIA Samar)
March 30, 2007

CATBALOGAN, Samar  Ė  Infrastructures will be placed in the backseat as health services and livelihood programs will be given priority in his second term in Congress if the Samarnons will give him another mandate.


Congressman Figueroa

Samarís 2nd district Congressman Catalino Figueroa, in an interview over DYMS-Aksyon Radyo after he filed his Certificate of Candidacy at the COMELEC here Wednesday, said it is now time to give focus on these issues to rescue the Samarnons from the mire of poverty.

Figueroa, who is running under the Lakas-CMD banner, indicated that he will have a unified platform with his wife, Neliptha, who is running for governor under Lakas-CMD/Kampi against the incumbent Gov. Milagrosa T. Tan.

The Congressman disclosed he and his wife plans to rehabilitate the Samar Provincial Hospital and all the district hospitals in the province and furnish them with facilities that are needed to upgrade the health services that these hospitals will provide for the people.

This, amidst criticisms that the hospitals in the province were so neglected that their status were reduced into mere clinics for lack of medicines and basic facilities.

He clarified though that infrastructure projects will not be neglected but will be continued since these are also important to trigger economic activity.

Congressman Figueroa assured that the rehabilitation of the Calbiga-Catbalogan stretch of the Maharlika Highway will continue and the completion of the provincial roads like the Tulay-Poblacion, Sta. Rita Road, Casang-an-Villareal Road, Paranas-San Jose de Buan Road and the other provincial roads in Samar will also be looked into.

Figueroaís re-election bid is, however, challenged by Governor Tanís daughter Sharee Ann who is running for the Congressional post of Samarís 2nd district.