SORSOGON UNITED

When we unite, We make our life better

Sorsogon town eyes 2009 Most Friendly Municipality title | balita.ph

Sorsogon town eyes 2009 Most Friendly Municipality title | balita.ph
December 4, 2009 12:23 pm
By Danny O. Calleja

CASIGURAN, Sorsogon, Dec. 4 — Transformed within the last 10 years from an almost neglected poor town into a booming municipality that surpassed the others for its impressive showing in local development is eyeing this year’s Presidential Award for Most Child Friendly Municipality.

“Our development strategy focused mainly on the welfare of children and the communities they live provided for a package of services that earned us the distinction of being among the fastest growing municipality in Bicol,” town mayor Ester Hamor here told the PNA over the week.

Started in 1998 and vigorously pursued by her civil engineer-husband Edwin “Boboy” Hamor during his nine year of stint as the local chief executive, the lady mayor who replaced him as he “graduated” in 2007 said the package contained the efficient delivery of all basic services that a local government unit (LGU) is mandated to perform.

It included health, potable water supply, basic education, infrastructure, agricultural productivity, livelihood, peace and order and good governance, among others, she said.

“All these fall under the umbrella program called ‘Oo Para sa Kaakian (Yes to Children)’ that is geared toward the promotion of children’s welfare and the protection of their rights which has always been on top priorities of the municipal government,” she said.

On health, Mrs. Hamor said, the town’s programs are primarily attended to through the LGU’s health unit, the first Rural Health Unit (RHU) facility in the entire region declared as “Sentrong Sigla” Phase 2 facility which provides a complete benefit package from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

It was provided with a maximum health services especially for children and is now being sustained and maintained.

“We also make keeping our environment healthy for children a commitment and Casiguran’s being cited as cleanest and greenest town in Bicol for nine consecutive years starting 1998 would attest to that,” she said.

Furthermore, the municipality also operates a birthing home at the RHU that runs on a 24-hour basis. To ensure the sustainability of this program, it had the facility accredited to the Maternal Care Package program of PhilHealth. “Through this accreditation, we are subsidizing the expenses of childbirth,” the mayor said.

This initiative gave the municipality a 93 percent facility-based childbirth in 2007–birthing home and hospital referred cases combined. “To top it all, we had a zero maternal mortality rate, a unique feat for a municipality belonging to a province which is known for having one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the entire Philippines,” she said.

The Birthing Home is also an accredited Newborn Screening Facility, the only public health facility in the entire province offering this service as of 2007.

“Thus, we do not only ensure that these babies will be born but we also ensure that they survive their first few months of existence by promptly detecting diseases that may be fatal to them through the newborn screening procedure,” she added.

On education, Dr. Eduardo Ambrosio, the Department of Education’s (DepEd) schools district supervisor, said the municipal administration starting from former mayor Hamor and pursued by his wife, the incumbent mayor leaves Casiguran parents no reason not to send their children to school.

“Everything– from school supplies, uniforms, slippers, matriculation and other school fees and even transportation to and from schools are provided. Snacks are also served during periodical examination days,” Ambrosio said.

This undertaking benefits all the about 8,000 pupils in the municipality, and the DepEd municipal head said, the only thing the town’s administration is asking from the children is study harder and for the parents to make it sure that the kids are in school during school days.

On potable water system, the former mayor ended the problem that lingered since time immemorial by tapping a huge natural spring at the upland section of the municipality four years ago and let the water flowing into every barangay down to most households at the urban center.

On agricultural productivity, the municipal government under Engr. Hamor was able to complete an irrigation program that covered the entire 8,000-hectare rice land in the municipality during his term.

Most of the irrigation system put in place was done through “bayanihan” initiatives that involved the farmers in the construction of required structures. The town government provided the materials and food-for-work while the then mayor personally supervised the works.

On infrastructure, the municipal government linked all its 25 barangays with concrete roads during the former mayor’s nine-year term, built a modern public market that is well-kept to maintain cleanliness, a presentable municipal building, typhoon-proof school buildings and day care, health and recreational centers, among others.

Most of these undertakings were completed through the initiative of this fourth class municipality notwithstanding the meager internal revenue allotment (IRA) it receives from the national government, the lady mayor stressed.

“We make use of our resourcefulness and the cooperation of the barangay folks in achieving all these that are aimed at making our communities ideal for our children and the family they belong,” she said in the town’s entry to the 2009 Presidential search for most children friendly municipality in the country sent to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently.

“And most of all, we owe these achievements to a corruption-free municipal administration,” she added. (PNA)

Advertisements

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 919 other followers

SHARE THIS BLOG!

Bookmark and Share

RSS DAILY INSPIRATIONAL QOUTES

  • Inspirational Thoughts and More
    If you are looking for inspiration or you have some to share, you will find something on the Inspirational Thoughts and More page to meet your needs.

RSS OUR DAILY BREAD

  • Dysfunctional
    The word dysfunctional is often used to describe individuals, families, relationships, organizations, and even governments. While functional means it’s in proper working order, dysfunctional is the opposite—it’s broken, not working properly, unable to do what it was designed to do. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul begins by describing a spiritua […]

RSS Daily Verse

  • Romans 13:10
    Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Archives

Categories

UPCOMING EVENTS

RSS THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • May 27, 1941: Bismarck sunk by Royal Navy
    On May 27, 1941, the British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France. The German death toll was more than 2,000. On February 14, 1939, the 823-foot Bismarck was launched at Hamburg. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler hoped that the state-of-the-art battleship would herald the rebirth of the German surface battle fleet. However, afte […]

RSS PIA-SORSOGON

  • Bicol Tourism Summit promises brighter prospects for the region December 9, 2016
    By Ana-Liza S. MacatangayNAGA CITY, Dec. 9 (PIA) --- “This summit will certainly shed new light on the potential and new tourism products and services, as well as guide stakeholders from the government and private sector for a sustainable and responsible tourism development.”Thus stated Naga City Mayor John Bongat on the brighter prospects that await every B […]
    Philippine Information Agency Regional Office V
  • Bicolanos elated over Pres. Duterte’s visit in Albay December 9, 2016
    LEGAZPI CITY, Dec 9 (PIA) – Bicolanos expressed their elation and eagerness over President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s visit in the province of Albay to lead groundbreaking of the Bicol International Airport (BIA) in barangay Alobo, Daraga Albay and to grace the 7th year anniversary of the Federalismo Alyansa ng Bicol (FAB) at the Legazpi City Convention Center.Th […]
    Philippine Information Agency Regional Office V
  • Children’s month celebration in Bicol highlights valuable role of children in society December 1, 2016
    LEGAZPI CITY, Dec 1 (PIA) – The Regional Council for the Welfare of Children and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol led this year’s children’s month celebration in the region themed ““Isulong, Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata.”“The Children’s Month Celebration is a time to recognize the value of Filipino Children as the m […]
    Philippine Information Agency Regional Office V
  • A-PAD holds disaster-resiliency confab for MSMEs in Bicol December 1, 2016
    By Ana-Liza S. MacatangayNAGA CITY, Dec.1 (PIA) -- A community of entrepreneurs from the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), gathered together at the Villa Caceres Hotel here for the 3-day Business Community Planning (BCP) and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) training seminar primarily to mainstream business community and resiliency of […]
    Philippine Information Agency Regional Office V
  • Cebu Pacific now has daily flight in Catanduanes November 30, 2016
    VIRAC, Catanduanes, Nov. 30 (PIA)- Cebu Pacific announced that there will now be daily flights to and from Virac beginning December 18, 2016 until March 2017.According to Roberto L. Jackson, Cebu Pacific station officer in Catanduanes, instead of 4x weekly Airbus Manila-Virac-Manila flight, there will now be an 11x weekly ATR operations.He likewise bared tha […]
    Philippine Information Agency Regional Office V
  • BNC, JJWC, DSWD hold youth meet vs. lowered MACR November 29, 2016
    LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) – To culminate the celebration of this year’s National Children’s Month, the Bicol Network for Children (BNC), in cooperation with the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of the Bicol region held the #KalingaHindiKulungan Bicol Youth Meet at Legazpi City.The main purp […]
    Philippine Information Agency Regional Office V
  • Bicol’s “orange Cagsawa” showcases campaign to end violence vs. women November 29, 2016
    By Sally Atento-AlteaLEGAZPI CITY., Nov 29 (PIA) -- It may not seem a good start as heavy rain poured on but it didn’t stop the Bicolanos from joining the call to support the advocacy to end violence against women (VAW) through the "Orange Your Icon for 18 days" campaign launched November 25 in the Bicol region at Cagsawa Park in Albay.Despite the […]
    Philippine Information Agency Regional Office V
  • CamSur guv strengthens fight against drugs through CASUROG Program November 28, 2016
    By Ana-Liza S. MacatangayPILI, CAMARINES SUR, Nov. 28 (PIA) --- Various efforts to curb the ill-effects of illegal drugs have already been implemented by the provincial government of Camarines Sur in response to the directives of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte immediately following his assumption of office in June 30.Governor Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte recapit […]
    Philippine Information Agency Regional Office V
  • DILG’s MASA MASID regional launch in Bicol November 28, 2016
    By Ana-Liza S. MacatangayNAGA CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) -- With the war on drugs now in full swing across the country, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) inched another step forward to ensure that the campaign will be relentlessly pursued with the help of more stakeholders and volunteers.DILG BIcol has  spearheaded the regional launch of “Mamam […]
    Philippine Information Agency Regional Office V
  • Police, military operatives discover ‘shabu lab’ in Catanduanes November 28, 2016
    VIRAC, Catanduanes, Nov. 28 (PIA) -- Bicol regional director PCSupt. Melvin Ramon G. Buenafe of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has confirmed yesterday, Nov. 27, the discovery of a clandestine shabu laboratory at Barangay Palta Small in this municipality.According to PCSupt. Buenafe, said laboratory was secured in a joint operation of Catanduanes Police […]
    Philippine Information Agency Regional Office V

FIND OUT MORE! EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF SORSOGON!!

 

Calendar

December 2009
M T W T F S S
« Nov   Jan »
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  

eRADIO-SORSOGON

pbndzmssorsogon.blogspot.com  

RSS THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • May 27, 1941: Bismarck sunk by Royal Navy
    On May 27, 1941, the British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France. The German death toll was more than 2,000. On February 14, 1939, the 823-foot Bismarck was launched at Hamburg. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler hoped that the state-of-the-art battleship would herald the rebirth of the German surface battle fleet. However, afte […]

PESO EXCHANGE RATES TODAY

OFW-ONLINE SERVICES

poea.gov.ph
 

ARE YOU LOOKING for a JOB?

jobsdb.com
 
jobsdb.com
 
jobstreet.com

nrco.dole.gov.ph   poea.gov.ph         phil-job.net  

   
    sorsogonunited.wordpress.com    
sorsogonunited.wordpress.com   sorsogonunited.wordpress.com
   

Proud to be pinoy

Bicol Blog Community

SORSOGONUNITED VISITORS

  • 177,364 Hits

FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Free counters!

SORSOGONUNITED FRIENDS

felipe

Rosanie

TAC-SAKATE-SSC

tac-sakate

Yhen Conde

leizel Diesta

emann dichoso detera

malou balaguer

Sher Deocareza

Vhinz

More Photos

del.icio.us

Top Rated

%d bloggers like this: