Governor pushes tourism for Misamis Oriental

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013


“TOURISM, without sacrificing agriculture and industry, is the best option for the province to attain sustainable growth,” Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano conveyed during his inaugural speech at the Provincial Capitol on Monday.

He will focus on the protection of the environment especially the remaining watershed areas in the province to boost tourism in the province and drive its economic thrust.

Emano, along with more than 18,000 elected officials nationwide, assumed office Monday after he won in the May 2013 election against former vice governor Norris Babiera of the Liberal Party (LP).

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Emano also emphasized education, agriculture and health as among his administration’s priorities.

“Education (but) still focused on tourism-related services. We shall invest also in health programs that would give the poor free access to medicine, hospitalization and health care,” he said.

Emano also vowed to continue to support the implementation of health insurance in the province.

“My intention is to continue PhilHealth. However, the provincial treasurer said the province cannot afford to pay the P204 million, to be exact, PhilHealth premiums of the 177,000 beneficiaries.”

He said that PhilHealth is already incorporated in the budget but “there is no available fund for it.”

“We have to assess if this is indeed the way to spend more than P200 million annually,” he added.

Termination

Meanwhile, Emano already ordered the termination of the casual and job order employees yesterday.

In a press briefing held following his inaugural speech, Emano said he already issued his first memorandum order informing them (casual and job-order employees) of their last working day yesterday.

However, those assigned in different hospitals were given a month extension.

“In the meantime, non-medical staff who are casual or contractual employees and those who are working in hospitals on the basis of “job order” contracts, shall also continue their functions, assignments and or job at the hospital where they are assigned until further instructions from the Office of the Governor,” the memorandum read.

Emano said the 1,150 casual and job-order employees are one of the “reasons the provincial government cannot give salaries to the regular employees.”

“I would like to apologize but there are too many casual and contractual employees,” he added.

Unexpected

Emano’s memorandum came as a surprise to some employees in the Capitol.

Chona Camarillo, 52, from Opol, Misamis Oriental will be among those who will be losing their jobs at the Capitol. She has three children, her youngest child now a second year college.

“I was not expecting the announcement that soon, but I am also aware of the possibility that we will lose our jobs here,” Camarillo said.

Camarillo was assigned as financial assistance tracker of the Provincial Social Welfare Office for three years.

“There is nothing I can do. I accept my fate. If only I could work again,” she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 02, 2013.

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