Archive for June 29, 2011

EDITORIAL : Pangasinan’s expensive public health services

Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. celebrated his birthday and said that services given by private hospitals must not be different with the services of public hospitals.

“Ang pagsisilbi natin dapat walang pinag-iba sa private hospitals. Kung ano ang maibibigay at makikita sa private hospitals, dapat maibigay din ng mga government hospitals,” Espino said.

A mother who gave birth at the Don Amadeo Perez Memorial Hospital had to borrow from friends and family to be able to pay the hospital bill in the amount of P14,000.00 before mother and her child were discharged.

Don Amadeo Perez Memorial Hospital in Urdaneta City is a government hospital run by the provincial government.

The best health condition of the people Pangasinan is not the outcome of more hospitals and clinics or more medicines and drugs alone. A healthy Pangasinan will not come about by according services made by private hospitals the same as those provided by public hospitals among the people.

Delivery of basic health services by painting hospitals yellow will not improve the health conditions of the people of Pangasinan and the dream of having healthy people will remain an empty political promise at best.

Yes we can see pictures of how ugly the hospitals were then and appreciate how beautiful they are now but many say that the delivery of medical care and services has deteriorated.

The provincial government may have won the battle in terms of pleasing the eyes of those who need medical care but has lost the war in providing cheap and substantial medical services to Pangasinan.

A health of the people of Pangasinan contributes to economic wealth and it is not a matter of just having newly painted and newly equipped hospitals.

The status of the peoples’ health is not just about Philhealth cards, hospitals, equipment and medical practitioners but it is also about how the provincial government views public health delivery.

There are direct and indirect factors that affect the health status of the people of Pangasinan like having a decent job.

The people of Pangasinan should be afforded universal access to health care at affordable cost.

The patients and their loved ones, after asking from friend and family, resort to practically knocking and begging for alms from politicians to be able to defray hospitalization expenses. People are not mere objects of mercy or charity.

A mother who gave birth at the Don Amadeo Perez Memorial Hospital was billed P30,000.00 had no money so she escaped with her baby from the hospital and have not returned to their place of residence.

June 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm 1 comment

‘I have lost a capable leader’ – Gov. Espino on Orduńa’s resignation

LINGAYEN – – – “I have lost a capable leader, brilliant organization man and a loyal friend.”

This was the statement of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. over the resignation of Paterno Orduña from his post at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) during their meeting last June 29.

Gov. Espino, said that both of them shared their best experiences not just career-wise but personal, as well.

Gov. Espino noted that Orduña will always be his friend, a colleague whom he shared his mission and vision for the province. “I have placed you and your loved ones in a very special spot in my life,” the provincial chief executive said as he relinquished the memorable times that intervened in their lives, which include their plans and visions.

Orduña encouraged all his PDRRMC staff and all employees to continue the tasks assigned to them and to further the cause of public service which is their primary mandate as government employees.

The former PDRRMC caretaker pointed out that the resignation is his personal choice due to health reason. He said that he has to heed the advice of his doctor to refrain from doing strenuous activity, physically and mentally to preserve his failing health.

“I take pride in having the opportunity to work with and serve a great leader, Gov. Espino,” Orduña added as he thanked the provincial chief executive for the trust and opportunity of working with Team Espino for four years.

He further stressed: “I will always treasure the privilege of having been a part of Team Espino which I believed has done great contributions in the miraculous transformation of our great province.”

In the end, the Governor accepted Orduna’s resignation effective July 1. (PIO/Darwin Magalong/RRB)

June 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm Leave a comment


While the whole country is keeping its fingers crossed with the continuance of the Automated National Elections, Escuela de Nuestra Señora de La Salette, a De La Salle Supervised School, will be having its 4th Automated Elections this June. The initiative has radically reduced the post-election stress, tension and work as the counting of ballots will be done automatically. Right after the last voter, the results can be viewed, printed, and validated already. Virtual ballots can also be easily printed when a recount is needed.

Mr. Rex Lor, La Salette’s VP for Administrative Services & Development, introduced the idea that it would not just speed up the democratic process but also instill the value of honesty and sacredness of one’s right to vote.
“The on-line voting system does not just teach different applications of Information Technology, but also integrates values important in ensuring a just society. This will teach the students that there are other more efficient alternatives to the traditional manual voting system,” Lor stressed.

Benchmarked from the University of the Philippines, the on-line voting system is designed to be as user-friendly as possible to ensure that even grade school students can easily use it. It follows a three-step process: Step 1: LOG-IN; Step 2: VOTE; Step 3: CONFIRM VOTE. Students will be able to view the profile of the candidate by way of clicking an icon beside their names. A username and password is provided to the students just before the voting starts as the school’s official enrolment list will be the basis for the registration.

June 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm Leave a comment

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