It was a big day for provincial health workers from district hospitals and Provincial Health Office (PHO) who have reached milestone years of employment as they were acknowledged during the First Recognition of Health Personnel held on Tuesday at the Capitol Social Hall.
Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III and PHO Chief Dr. Rene Catan expressed gratitude as they honored 140 employees who have served the Province for more than 25 years.
“Dili baya lisud manerbisyo sa gobyerno apan lisod muabot ug 25 ka tuig sa pagpanerbisyo,” expressed Catan.
According to career change statistics, an average worker may shift jobs five to seven in their career. With this, Cebu Province is fortunate to have many dedicated long-term workers serving the public.
Sanitation Inspector James Cañete, an employee for 41 years, was pleased as he received the certificate of service award presented by Davide and Catan. Cañete was among the longest-serving awardee.
“I am honored to be here and I am also humbled for my 41 years of service in public health. This will be the culmination of my hard work, determination, and prayers served well,” James said in his speech.
“Continue to make a difference as that will be our legacy, the pride of our family, and mostly the pride of the institution that we serve,” he added.
Administrative assistant Dina Orbiso who has served in Barili District Hospital for 29 years now expressed her delight on the recognition given to them.
“Nalipay kaayo mi nga na-recognize mi ug nadasig mi. Personally, nalipay ko nga gi-prioritize ni Gov Junjun ang health services ug pag-improve sa atong hospital facilities,” expressed Dina.
“Mangutana ug maminaw gyud siya ug gipaningkamutan niya mahatag ang gikinahanglan sa matag ospital,” she added.
In his speech, Davide reminded health personnel that health services remained his top priority in his key development agenda.
“Sukad sa paglingkod nato sa 2013, nahibalo ang tanan nga top priority nako ang health services maong mangayo gyud ko sa inyong suporta sa paglambo sa atong mga ospital. We should give more services sa ato-ang mga kahigsu-onan,” he said.
Davide also requested Catan and the members of the Provincial Board to review the 2008 Revenue Code of Cebu on how to do away with tariff rates and schedule of fees particularly on the use of ambulances.
“Gusto gyud ta ko nga libre ang ambulansiya labi na gyud sa mga indigent patients,” he said.
Davide reminded hospital chiefs to have a gasoline reserve for ambulances to prevent shortages during emergencies and drivers should not receive “tips” or gratuities from families of patients.
“Hangyo lang ko sa mga ambulance drivers nga balibari lang kung adunay ihatag nga kwarta gikan sa pasyente o paryente sa pasyente kay magamit pa na nila. Pwede ra tingali’g mga pagkaon, pero ug kwarta, palihug ayaw lang,” requested Davide.
“Let us always be conscious that we are responsible for every patient that gets admitted to our hospitals and for every person who comes to PHO para mangayo ug tabang. Atoa gyud na silang atimanon,” he added. (Heart Rizarri)