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Birthing center closure

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

On just his second day of office, newly-installed Governor Hilario Davide III faced a problem that is possibly political remains of the last May elections.

Pinamungajan Vice Mayor Maria Honeylette Yapha-Lingad met with Davide last Tuesday, July 2, at the Capitol, telling him the “unreasonable closure” of their municipal birthing center on order of newly-elected Mayor Glen Barricuatro.

Barricuatro, who ran under One Cebu party, defeated Lingad’s grandmother Estrella Yapha, a Liberal Party candidate in the mayoral race last May.

In an ambush interview, Yapha-Lingad claimed the mayor wanted the municipal council to pass an ordinance before he will reopen the birthing center.

“That will not happen because if we pass an ordinance, then we will be specifying the rates for the birthing center kung naay manganak,” she said.

She said she was perplexed with Barricuatro as the mayor, in his political campaign, promised that the services of the birthing center would be for free.

The vice mayor said she does not want to conclude that politics is the motive behind Barricuatro’s action but then the mayor also fired the job order employees in his first day of office.

“So, basically that’s pamolitika,” she added.

Davide asked the vice mayor to put her complaint into writing so that his office can act accordingly. The governor said the problem shouldn’t have reached his office because it is for the people of the town and the facility should be free of charge.

Fortunately, most of the barangays in the town have birthing centers.

The municipal birthing center was constructed by the municipal government out of donated funds. It has been operating for a few months even in the absence of an ordinance.

Provincial Board Member Gricelda Sanchez-Zaballero and former Pinamungahan Mayor Geraldine Yapha accompanied the vice mayor in her meeting with Davide.