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Agda vows free medicines for Boronganons

(Photo courtesy of Penelope Pomida)

BORONGAN CITY, July 4, 2019—Residents of Borongan City are assured of free medicine under the new leadership of Mayor Dayan Agda.

During his first press conference,   Agda enumerated the priority programs of his administration. These include free medicines, enhancement of agriculture, tourism and infrastructures.

Agda is confident that this project will immediately be implemented as there are enough resources of the city government.

He stated that there are more than one hundred ninety million funds available that were handed over to his administration from the previous administration of former mayor and now representative Maria Fe Abunda.

Agda stressed that the city government will establish a pharmacy where residents of Borongan may claim their medicines.

The program shall cover both prescribed and maintenance medicines, but these can only be availed after verification procedures through voter’s registration and other supporting documents.

Children of registered voters in Borongan are also eligible to the said program.

He clarified that the program’s verification procedures are not aimed to politicize nor discriminate anyone due to political affiliation and social status.

 “Damo it aton mga residente dinhi nga mga transient ngan naukoy la hira dinhi pero diri talaga hira taga dinhi. Diri ini it tuyo pamolitika kay it aton programa, binotos man ini hiya madiri ha akon, ngan mariko o mapobre it Boronganon basta taga dinhi hiya, registered voter hiya, libre it iya medisina nga dikalidad”  (We have many residents here but are transient and not really from here. This is not to politicize, whether he voted for me or not, and whether he is poor or rich for as long as he is a resident, and he is a registered voter, his medicine is free and in good quality.)

Agda also disclosed that there will be no limit to the number of medicines a patient can avail of.  But there will be strict monitoring to ensure that medicines are in proper use.

The city council is set to pass an ordinance to institutionalize the program and to secure sources of funds for the said project.  (Aboy Abayan and Eden Cidro / ESTE News)

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