Friday, July 20, 2007

Zubiri delivers SOPA: Focus on 7 Point Agenda

by: Aurell P. Arais

Malaybalay City - Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri Jr., laid down the seven pillars under his administration as a framework for its endeavor towards effective governance.

During his State of the Provincial Address (SOPA) attended by provincial legislators and head of offices of the province at SP session hall last July 17, 2007, Zubiri pointed out his 7 point agenda as the following: 1.Health and Social Services, 2. Housing and Resettlement, 3. Economic Services, 4. Education, 5. Agricultural Enhancement, 6. Infrastructure Support and 7. Peace and Order.

According to him, Provincial Health Stations are now in place in 15 municipalities to complement seven existing Provincial Hospitals which includes the three newly constructed hospitals strategically located in Manolo Fortich, medical center in Malaybalay and tertiary hospital in Maramag.The governor also vowed to continue the Provincial Indigency Health Program (PIHP).

He also noted the agricultural productivity and livelihood opportunities to 39,535 family recipients have already been extended. These include the more aggressive Economic Development Enterprise Development efforts.

In the field of education, around 86 scholars have already graduated through the Provincial Scholarship Program. At present 740 students were enrolled in different schools from 2002-2006. Scholarship assistance was also granted to 2,842 college students.

The province is also striving for quality education through construction of various classrooms and other support services.

It has also implemented various projects/programs for infrastructure support services, nutrition, social welfare services, population and development, gender and development, the child friendly movement, disabled, senior citizens and tourism development.

However Zubiri reiterated that all of the stated undertakings would not be possible with unstable peace and order thus he vowed to continue extending a hand of reconciliation to all misguided constituents and offer them assistance in joining the mainstream of Bukidnon.


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