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Spain gives nod for IP hospital, Nueva Vizcaya nurses

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (5 February) -- Officials of Bizkaia province in Basque country has approved the establishment of a hospital for indigenous people here and the employment of nurses in their country.

The approval on the proposed multi-million IP hospital by Jose Luis Bilbao, deputado general de Bizkaia came as a result of the recent meeting of both officials from Nueva Vizcaya and its sister province Bizkaia.

Governor Luisa Cuaresma said the establishment of an IP hospital in Aritao town will be managed by the diocese of Bayombong through bishop Ramon Villena.

Cuaresma described their trip as a "very fruitful one" because of the huge interest of Bizkaia officials in supporting Nueva Vizcaya's development programs.

"In fact, according to them, we are the only existing province with strong historical roots from them," she added.

Bizkaia officials, Cuaresma added vowed to accommodate nurses from the province for their home for the elderlies with high salaries and proper treatment.

The governor also said that Bizkaia officials also pledged to accommodate skilled workers and other Overseas Foreign Workers(OFWs). "The rest is up to us to propose under our twinning agreement," she explained.

"We were warmly welcomed and accommodated by officials of Basque country and Bizkaia province of Spain.

Fortunately, we got their approval on all the components of our twinning agreement," she said.

The governor, along with vice governor Jose Gambito, board member Merlie Talingdan, Association of Provincial Executives(APEX) president Alejandra Dacumos, Vizcaya Spain twinning agreement coordinator Jimmy Calata and bishop Ramon Villena composed the provincial delegation that visited Spain upon the invitation of its officials.

Nueva Vizcaya-Bizkaia twinning agreement was signed in May 24, 2007 during the "Panagyaman" or thanksgiving festival proper of the province where national officials of Spain and provincial officials of Bizkaia first came to the province. (bme/PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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