Town’s rev­enue col­lec­tion up, health ser­vices im­proved

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Doris C. Bongcac DAY DESK ED­I­TOR

IN­CREASED rev­enue gen­er­a­tion and im­proved health ser­vices were the high­lights of the State of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Ad­dress (Soma) which Barili Mayor Mar­lon Gar­cia de­liv­ered on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Gar­cia also made a com­mit­ment to pur­sue a “Zero Crim­i­nal­ity” cam­paign in Barili town lo­cated around 58 kilo­me­ters west of Cebu City as a boost to their “Barili: Beauty and Be­yond” tourism brand­ing.

“Change is def­i­nitely here. More than a year ago, the Bar­il­in­hons stood up to seize their destiny as a peo­ple. Any­one would have thought that fif­teen months is a long way to go, but here we are now, gath­ered once again af­ter that mo­men­tous event. A year ago, we were gath­ered in vic­to­ri­ous cel­e­bra­tion,” Gar­cia said in his mes­sage, a copy of which was re­ceived by CEBU DAILY NEWS on Fri­day night.

Among those who at­tended Gar­cia’s Soma were his fa­ther and for­mer third dis­trict Rep. Pablo Gar­cia and his sis­ter, now third dis­trict Rep. Gwen Gar­cia.

Mayor Gar­cia re­ported to his con­stituents that 14 months un­der his lead­er­ship, Barili town, a sec­ond class town in west Cebu, has al­most dou­bled their 2015 col­lec­tion of P1.8 mil­lion. Their 2016 col­lec­tions reached P3.2 mil­lion.

He said that from Jan­uary to Au­gust 2017 alone, they al­ready ex­ceeded their 2016 col­lec­tion, but he did not pro­vide data on their ex­cess col­lec­tion.

In the area of health, Gar­cia said, they al­ready bided out a P9.5-mil­lion project for the con­struc­tion of their mu­nic­i­pal hos­pi­tal that will com­ple­ment the prov­ince-run Barili Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal.

Another P10 mil­lion for the hos­pi­tal con­struc­tion project was also in­cluded in the 2018 al­lo­ca­tion of the De­part­ment of Health, he added.

“This will be equipped with mod­ern hos­pi­tal beds, emer­gency room lights and fa­cil­i­ties, X-ray ma­chines, ECG, ul­tra sound ma­chine and other nec­es­sary lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment,” Gar­cia said.

“(But) while we take care of those who are sick, we put in pre­ven­tive mea­sures so that peo­ple, espe- cially our chil­dren, will not get sick and to pre­vent them from be­ing mal­nour­ished,” he added.

Gar­cia said this is the rea­son why they al­lo­cated P2.3 mil­lion this year for medicines and anti-ra­bies vac­cines that are made avail­able in Re­gional Health Units (RHUs) “re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions.”

They also ac­quired two new ve­hi­cles worth P1.7 mil­lion and 22 lap­tops that were dis­trib­uted to the health cen­ters.

The De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) also set aside P2.5 mil­lion for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agency’s Sup­ple­men­tal Feed­ing Pro­gram in their town.


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