Fourteen doctors took oath on Wednesday as new medical officers to man provincial and district hospitals in Cebu.
“This is the first batch of permanent doctors to man district hospitals,” said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Cynthia Genosolango.
They are Dr. Maria Gem Theresa Rabuya who will be assigned in Badian District Hospital; Dr. Rene Gandionco in Barili District Hospital; Dr. Zoraida Yurango, Dr. Jojie Padilla, Dr. Almira Ancajas and Dr. Gwyllyn Gulane in Cebu Provincial Hospital-Bogo; Dr. Jerly Ann Tubal in M.J. Cuenco Memorial Hospital; Dr. Bella Villaganas in Minglanilla District Hospital; Dr. Ian Genaldo in Ricardo Maningo Memorial Hospital; Dr. Mario Joyag, Jr. in Cebu Provincial Health Office; Dr. Jose de Leon Jr. in Barili District Hospital; Dr. Abraham Maderazo in Daanbantayan District Hospital; Dr. Ma. Theresa Pono in Dr. Jose Ma. V Borromeo Memorial Hospital; and Dr. Nerlinda Maraguinot in Oslob District Hospital.
Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III assures that these doctors will be in their respective hospitals regularly. However, they are not restricted to practice their profession privately.
“They can (engage in private practice) only if they are off duty kay doctors man sila but naa gyud na sila sa (because they are doctors but they will be in the) hospitals regularly,” said Davide.
Hiring of new medical officers, staff and personnel is part of provincial government’s upgrading of provincial and district hospitals.
Newly-hired doctors assume regular position in government. Davide said this ensures continuity in service rendered. “Maka-devote gyud sila full time sa ilang trabaho (They can devote full-time in their work),” he added.
Knowing that working in government is not an easy feat, Davide thanked newly-hired doctors for entering into government service.
“Kasagaran nila (Most of them are) private practitioners and they are earning well. But kining ila, serbisyo lang gyud sa atong mga kaigsuonan. Mas daghan gyud sila’g matabangan. (But this is solely for the service of our constituents. They can surely help more people),” he expressed.
Davide added that recruitment of more officers and staff is still ongoing.