Rosal seeks Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s support for his priority programs
Gov. Noel Rosal has recently asked for the full support of the 14th Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay to realize the priorities of his administration particularly the fields of health, education, agriculture, the environment, and other social services.
Rosal addressed the members of the body during its Inaugural Session held Tuesday at the Legazpi Convention Center.
Therein, the Governor stressed that the focus of the Provincial Government is to set its priorities and realign its spending policies in order to “rebuild better and make the local economy stronger and more agile to efficiently serve its citizens.”
The event was also attended by municipal mayors, members of local legislative bodies, and department heads of the Provincial Government.
“For all time and context, I am confident that we can do this with the support of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, we can only do so much. We will work hand in hand without losing sight of our constituents’ needs in alleviating poverty, sustaining local economy, assuring an educated workforce and maintaining peace and order,” he said.
Sustaining disbursements by prioritizing programs and projects based on importance and urgency, he emphasized that the priorities of his administration are Health, Nutrition, and Wellness.
In health, he underscored “full human resources support for our health programs” not only by employing additional doctors, nurses, and other health professionals in disadvantaged municipalities and barangays but also by the provision of PPEs, medicines, and medical supplies, and restoration of health laboratories.”
He said that in his visit to the three of the nine hospitals operated by the Provincial Government, he noted the needed priorities and entrust them to the SPA to deliberate and source out additional funding “to fulfill our mission that Albayanos deserved a better health care program.”
He also pushed for the full implementation of the Universal Health Care program and the continuing operation of provincial hospitals.
For education, he announced the giving of financial assistance specifically for private junior high school students in areas with a shortage of public high schools.
“Using our Special Education Fund, rest assured that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will utilize the fund diligently to support various schools in the different LGUs. We will provide textbooks and instructional materials, tech-voc equipment, classroom and a school-building and support the computerization program in order to be at par with the present time,” the governor continued.
Citing his programs in agriculture, environment, and other social services and mentioning the role of various sectors such as the academe, transportation, the Rosal gave an assurance that all would be given equal share in the provincial government’s funding allocation.