New Samar gov vows to govern with transparency
By Ninfa B Quirante
Cabalogan City (July 5) -- Newly-enthroned Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan vowed to govern with a sterner hand and transparency.
In this morning's Flag ceremony, the young Tan, addressed the capitol employees in Waray.
She called on all of them: those who supported her and those who did not, "let us unite."
Tan promised the barangays that she will give them what they need, in terms of infrastructure.
She mentioned additional scholars and a plea to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members to hold a session and allot some more funds for the scholarship program.
Tan also stressed that she will still support the different schools she supported as a congresswoman then, for the second district of Samar.
Like her predecessor, mother Milagrosa Tan, the young Tan said that she will continue her mom's favorite activities, rice ?giving and medical and dental missions to every nook and cranny of Samar's poor districts especially in the island barangays.
She also mentioned the support of TESDA in the 'livelihood programs' she is set to implement.
She will also maintain 'the feedingprogram 'in the barangays this time, trough the schools.
As to health concerns, she claimed that it is her flagship program along with agriculture.
"I will support the maternal and child care program."
"I will support the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) and the Botika ng Barangay through trainings and medicines."
The pretty governor also vowed to sponsor the enrolment of some more Philhelath members as only some 48 thousand families are Philhealth card holders.
She then requested the SP to grant her the authority to enter into agreements with national government agencies for some programs and projects that the people of Samar can benefit from.
To address the health problems, very much wanting in the province, Tan said that some P 17 M is ready for rehabilitation and improvement of Calbayog Hospital; some P 7.8 M for Basey District Hospital and some P 3M for the Samar Provincial Hospital.
She especially mentioned Dr. Dulce Cernal and Dr. Rudolf Mabulay, the two leading health officials to help her realize her "healthy dreams" for Samarnons.
She promised to give the health workers subsistence allowance.
As to agriculture, the young governor said she and Provincial Agriculturist Anita Taran have made plans for this department.
What received the most applause was when she announced that the agriculture personnel will be allowed to collect TEV when travelling officially.
Some employees have complained in the past that they could not travel because they were not supported with transportation allowances.
Her mission in agriculture, Tan said is her province's support to the national government's Hunger Mitigation Program and Food Security.
As she appealed to the SP to approve the budget, she stressed that she is willing to change if the SP will call for it.
"I am open to ammendements and changes," she reiterated.
As her final announcements, she promised to give the employees, productivity benefits of P 12, 000.00 for this year, all of them, but the succeeding years: "It will be subjected to performance and productivity."
But, the same will be released, once the SP approves the budget.
The employees were also satisfied and applauded the lady governor when she said she will implement the Salary Standardization Law.
While the lady governor seems to be genereous with benefits for the provincial employees, she warned them that she will organize committees to monitor the employees.
"To the department heads, I urge you to watch your workers!" (PIA-Samar) [top]