7.09.2011

PIA News Service - Saturday, July 9, 2011

Provincial gov't's 6-month medical mission in motion

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 9 (PIA) – Fifty patients suffering from various illnesses were treated as the six-month medical mission of the provincial government kicked off in June at the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital (DOPMH).

Dr. Joel Esparagoza, Provincial Health Officer of the DOPMH, said the group of doctors and medical practitioners performed minor surgeries such as cyst, myoma, boils, harelip and conducted medical consultations. Free medicines were also given out.

All program expenses were shouldered by the provincial government, with counterpart funds from the municipal government of the town where treatments were being held.

Before the schedule is set for every municipality, the municipal health office conducted initial interview with the patients. "If the patient is not qualified for treatment, they were given recommendation for registration at the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital in Patin-ay so that we can determine the number of patients that are subject for operation and other treatment. For patients that cannot be treated even here in our hospital, they will be given proper referral to more complete hospital and doctor specialists,” Dr. Esparagoza said.

The medical mission is one of the major activities of Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza administration’s eight point program on health and sanitation. It started since 1992, during the administration of then Gov. Democrito O. Plaza, which was also a component of his five-point program of governance on health and was adopted and continued until at present.

Before the medical mission by the provincial government started last month, District I Representative Maria Valentina Plaza has been extending medical outreach in her district, while District II Representative Evelyn Plaza-Mellana do the same also in her district, both conducted in recipient municipalities. Both outreach ended last May, when the provincial medical mission started.

The first fifty patients treated of their illnesses came from all over the province. Every month thereafter, two municipalities are scheduled to be served until December this year. This month of July, the mission will serve the Municipality of La Paz and the City of Bayugan. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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Cebuano News: Palasyo miseguro sa pagpagawas sa Freedom of Information Bill

SURIGAO CITY, July 9 (PIA) –- Ang Malakanyang mihimo og pagseguro kagahapon Huwebes, sa pagpagawas sa ilang kaugalingong bersyon sa Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) sa umaabot nga mga bulan.

“We are now in the final stages of completing the administration version and once it is completed, yan po ay isa-submit natin sa Ledac (Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council) at isa-submit sa ating mga mambabatas so that it can take its due course,” si Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma miingon atol sa gipahigayong “No Holds Barred” media forum didto sa National Press Club niadtong Huwebes, Hunyo 7, 2011.

Si Coloma miingon nga angay gayod sa maong balaodnon nga maipasa sulod sa mga umaabot nga bulan.

Adunay mga kabag-ohan sa mga perspektibo ang administrasyong lakip usab ang oposisyon adunay panaglahing panglantaw sa maong isyu apan ang kadaghanan sa mga magbabalaod gusto nga ipadayon ang balaodnon nga ila ng nasugdan pagtuki, si Coloma miingon.

Daghang probisyon sa FOI bill ang anaa nahilakip na sa kasamtangang balaodnon, si Coloma miingon.

Si Coloma miingon ang kinatibuk-ang atmospera ug kalimpyo sa milabay nga mga 11 ka bulan sa administrasyong Aquino maayo, timan-anan nga ang Pangulo wala gyod mag isyu og bisan unsang kamaduan aron pagbabag sa bisan kinsang opisyales sa gobyerno nga motagad sa congressional inquiries sama sa nahitabo sa miaging administrasyon.

Siya usab nagtumbok sa calibrated preemptive response (CPR) nga gipagawas sa miaging administrasyon aron pagbabag sa masa nga magtigum nga hulga sa lideratong Arroyo.

“Kahit naman wala pang pormal na pagpasa ng FOI ay tanungin natin ang ating mga sarili if we have enjoyed more or reduced accountability,” siya miingon og dugang nga ang press freedom maoy impotanteng batakan sa epektibong pamamahayag.

Ang mga Magbabalaod napakyas paghunat sa gikinahanglang korum aron pag-apruba sa bicameral conference committee version of the bill niadtong miaging Mayo 24, katapusang adlaw sa regular session sa 14th Congress.

Kung mapasa, the FOI bill kini mopagahom dili lamang sa mga piryudista apan lakip usab ang mga katawhan nga gustong mahibalo giunsa pag gasto ang kwarta sa gobyerno. (Susil Ragas, PIA-Surigao del Norte)