Samar OIC reports on 90 days at helm to Samarnons
By Ninfa B Quirante
Catbalogan City (Febraury 8) -- Acting Governor Jesus Redaja, after taking over from Samar Governor Milagrosa Tan for ninety days, reported to Samarnons on his accomplishments.
At two in the afternoon of February 2009, a jampacked Governor's Conference Room stood witness to Redaja's action filled ninety days.
When Gov. Tan's suspension was served on November 10, 2008, Redaja vowed then to focus on agriculture and health.
This, more or less summarized his performance.
Of the six hospitals in the whole province, three did not have licenses to operate because of so many deficiencies: they lack a transport vehicle, personnel, medical equipments and instruments and a lot more to be desired in the physical plant, his message read.
For the Samar Provincial Hospital, his administration he said installed a 4,000-liter overhead water tank, the leaking roof repaired, beddings, mattresses and pillows purchased for patients' use.
His office, he said, also initiated the so called Hospital Assistance Project where a group of specialists from SPH will visit the hospitals for major consultations at least twice in a month.
These visits, he said resulted to some 1200 patients treated in Calbayog, Gandara and Basey.
He also took pride in declaring that Calbayog District Hospital was issued by DOH a license to fully operate, the only hospital in Samar to obtain the license, so far.
As to agriculture, Redaja mentioned being able to distribute 8, 222 bags of certified palay seeds to Samarnon farmers courtesy of PGMA Rice Sufficiency Program.
As to corn production, he said some 300 bag of these are awaiting collection at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 08 (DA-RFU-08), these, Redaja said will be given to farmers free.
As to vegetable productions, he said the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Lina Saises has also distributed seeds for egglants, pechay, kangkong, patola, okra and many more.
As to fisheries, one million tilapia fingerlings have been dispersed to the big rivers like Golden River (in Basey), Calbiga River, San Jorge and Gandara.
Some small lakes in Jiabong and Paranas also gained from the tilapia fingerlings seeding.
As to farm implements, 17 units of hand tractors with trailers were also distributed to the Municipal Afgriculture and Fishery Councils from rice-producing towns in Samar, Redaja added, they were also promised with flat bed driers, a necessary post harvest facility for the recurring problem of palay quality deterioration during inclement weather.
Creation of special bodies
He also said he signed Executive Orders reactivating special structures like Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Provincial disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC), Provincial Inter-Agency Committee against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Provincial Small and Medium Enterprises Development Council (PSMED).
His administration also dismantled shanties of ambulant vendors selling liquor around the park at night. He instead ordered the repair and repainting of the NBI Building, Government Offices Building and the COMELC.
Redaja received the loudest cheer from those present when he reiterated that the provincial employees received P12, 000 Christmas Bonus.
The acting governor concluded his statement with a reminder that "we are answerable to the people who have put their trust in us as government and public servants".
To officially end his appointment as acting governor in the province of Samar, Redaja joined his fellow government employees in the final flag retreat he would attend as the Governor of Samar.
Come February 11, 2009, Gov. Milagrosa Tan will take it from there and Samarnons eagerly await what will happen then. (PIA-Samar) [top]