BORONGAN CITY, September 2, 2017–Vice Governor Marcelo Ferdinand Picardal is now acting governor of the province.
Picardal assumed office last Friday August 25, after Governor Conrado Nicart filed a leave of absence for medical reasons.
In an interview, Picardal said that his priority is to make sure that provincial employees will receive their salaries and wages on time.
His other important concerns is for the provincial government to be able to deliver efficient health services especially to make sure that medicines will be available in government hospitals.
He will also push for tourism development and livelihood for Eastern Samarenos.
Acting Governor Picardal said that the provincial government will be coming up with strategies to ensure that indigent patients will get free medicines.
He also said that per information, bidding for the procurement of medicines for the 3rd and 4th quarters of this year is done and they are just waiting for the deliveries.
“Next year the budget for medicines will increase to P50M, hopefully we won’t be having the same problems we have now.”, he added.
In livelihood development, he said that there is already an agreement between the provincial government and TESDA to make the provincial motorpool as a TESDA training center.
A mobile training center will also be given to the provincial government which can be used to train Eastern Samareños who would want to learn skills needed for employment here or outside the country.
He assures the people that the leadership of the provincial government is doing its best to bring the government closer to the people.
Once the renovation of the capitol is finished, and he is still the acting governor, he “will hold office at the lobby to see to it that concerns of the common people will be answered immediately”.
Picardal said that he will stay as acting governor until the return of Governor Nicart. (Eden Cidro/Este News)