There’s no stopping for the Capitol in building classrooms to far-flung areas across the province.
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, elementary schools in Barangays Maghanoy and Mantayupan in Barili town were the latest recipients of a two-classroom edifice turned over by Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Provincial Board Member Miguel Antonio Magpale. Each building is worth at least P2 million.
Davide also led the groundbreaking ceremony of a P13-million bridge in Barangay Cabcaban, a remote barangay of Barili.
“Ubos sa pagdumala namo ni Bise Gobernador Agnes Magpale, among gi-una ang mga proyekto sa mga hilit nga bahin sa atong probinsya tungod kay ang atong mga ordinaryo nga tawo ang labing unang nanginahanglan,” Davide said.
The governor said his administration values education and it aims to provide school edifices, which are conducive for learning.
Health and social services, as well as countryside development, came out as the top two concerns raised in a summit called by Davide and Magpale in 2013.
Various stakeholders joined the conference, including farmers, fishermen, non-government organizations, professionals, leaders of marginalized groups, among others.
From 2017 to 2018, the Cebu Provincial Government has constructed 88 classrooms across the province.
More than P500 million was spent by Capitol for infrastructure projects, most of them in the countryside from 2016 to 2018. These include road concreting and improvement projects, technical and vocational centers, trading posts, material recovery facilities, evacuation and multi-purpose centers, water systems, improvement of municipal and barangay edifices, health and daycare centers, among others.
Health programs also received the needed shot in the arm in the past five years. Located strategically in northern and southern parts of Cebu in providing medical services around the province, the four Cebu Provincial Hospitals (CPH), underwent expansion programs in their facilities, staff and equipment.
These hospitals are in the cities of Carcar in the south, Bogo and Danao in the north and in Balamban for northwest residents.
CPH Carcar now has intensive care rooms for adults and infants. It can also perform laparoscopy, cataract and knee-replacement surgeries. Lately, a CT-scan machine was brought in.
Achieving a new milestone in improving the health system of the province, the Davide-Magpale administration amended the Province’s Revenue Code last year, paving the way for free hospitalization to patients who seek treatment in the province-run hospitals, regardless of their economic status.
Aside from inaugurating various projects on Tuesday, Davide and PB Member Magpale went to Aloguinsan and Barili for the distribution of cash incentives to barangay workers, which amounted to P3.1 million.
PB Member Magpale said that even if he represents the fifth district, there are programs and projects that are implemented for the whole province that need approval by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
“Basta panerbisyo na gani way kolor na sa politika. Basta kaayohan sa kadaghan, ato nang suportahan, ” PB Member Magpale said.
In Barili, the Capitol officials were joined by Griselda Sanchez, Capitol consultant for barangay affairs.
Sanchez urged parents to avail themselves of the Capitol’s Paglaum scholarship program after Davide increased its budget to P20 million this year.
“Kani nga programa alang gayud sa mga kabus natong kaigsuonan tungod kay ang maka-avail niini dili kinahanglan nga bright gyud. Importante nga mopasar lang siya sa tanan niyang subjects,” Sanchez said.
Aside from the tuition subsidy, scholars are also given a monthly allowance of P1,500, Sanchez added.
Also present in the events were municipal officials led by Cesare Ignatius Moreno of Aloguinsan and Acting Mayor Jeremias Aguilar of Barili.
The Cebu Provincial Government also distributed machineries and inputs to farmer’s organizations in Barili, amounting to P310,000.