Northern Samar: Beating All Odds @ 55
CATARMAN, Northern Samar, June 24 (PIA) — “Beating All Odds @ 55,” as Northern Samar theme on its 55th Founding Anniversary is timely, and should serve as battlecry in this trying times, said Governor Edwin Ongchuan in his anniversary message before the officials, employees and guests with the media at the Capitol grounds.
“For my 11 months as Governor, I have already delivered noteworthy programs under my flagship program dubbed as Padayon nga Kauswagan.”
One of the programs he said, is the Kauswagan Caravan, bringing the provincial services to the far flung and poor barangays of the province providing the constituents with medical services, assistance to farmers among other social services.
“This is one way of telling everyone that the province is here to listen, look and personally know their needs. We are now bringing the capitol to the barangays,” the Governor further said.
Facing the challenges posed by this pandemic, he said the havoc brought by COVID-19 does not only affect our health system but it also affects the many facets of our daily lives. It affects the social and economic dimension.
“The pandemic brought into light the dire need for more health professionals and medical facilities as even before this health emergency, the lack of doctors has long been a challenge to the province when it comes to addressing the health and nutrition issues.”
Thus, he announced and expressed his gratitude to the Provincial Health Office and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for being responsive to the call which led to the creation of PGNS Medical Scholarship Program for financially poor but deserving students who will be medical practitioners of the province after five (5) year or so of studies.
Part of his message also is a reiteration for his fellow Nortehanons to follow conscientiously the health protocols, proper handwashing, wearing of face mask, observing physical distancing and most specially staying at home.
The Province of Northern Samar is one of the three Samar Island provinces created by virtue of Republic Act No. 4221 on June 19, 1965, hence its 55th. (ADiaz/PIA-Northern Samar)