Sunday, June 26, 2016

Salceda bares 15 accomplishments as Albay head for 9 years
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, June 23 (PNA) -- Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda disclosed his 15 notable accomplishments in an email to the Philippines News Agency Friday.

First, Salceda said, is that the province posted the lowest poverty incidence among the provinces of the Bicol Region -- 32 percent in 2006, which went down to 24 percent in 2015, a decrease of 8 percent or 4 percent lower than the national figure. The national poverty incidence was clipped only by 2 percent.

In terms of education, there have been 88,444 college scholars sponsored by the Provincial Government of Albay while the province ranked 19th in the National Achievement Test, up from the previous ranking of 177.

The beneficiaries of PhilHealth rose from 18,000 to 172,000 while the collection of hospitals owned by the provincial government increased from Php1.7 million to Php120 million.

The sixth achievement he made, Salceda said, is the influx of foreign tourists from 8,700 in 2006 to 374,000 in 2015.

With the addition of domestic tourists, the number jumped from 123,000 to 1.4 million.

The 95,000 sacks of rice produced earlier rose to 150,000 in 2015, or from 74-percent sufficiency to 104-percent sufficiency.

Also, from the 6,300 hectares of forests in 2003, the number jumped to 26,000 in 2006 to 53,000 in 2015.

Albay became the No. 1 Province in Governance from 2010-2013 based on DILG Pamana ng Lahi Award.

Salceda also mentioned Albay’s zero casualty goal during disasters as an achievement.

For his 11th accomplishment, he said, he has established the Climate Change Academy, Provincial Education Department (the only LGU in the Philippines with a permanent office for education) and Albay Agri Adaptation Center (with IRRI).

The governor said he also modernized the Bicol University, including establishment of the BU College of Medicine and the BU Albay Sports Complex.

Under his watch, the province hosted the 2016 Palarong Pambansa, the most successful in the Department of Education’s history with 18,000 participants, 40,000 national visitors and 120,000 regional visitors.

He also modernized the Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital -- including the Philhealth Ward, acquisition of Php680 million modern equipment, construction of Emergency Room Trauma, construction of Health Center and soon, Cancer Institute and 600-bed capacity hospital.

For his last accomplishment, he modernized provincial hospitals, especially Duran Hospital and Ziga Hospital, and established four new LGU hospitals -- Polangui, Guinobatan, Bacacay and Daraga.

Salceda said his administration achieved these accomplishments with the help of every Albayano, saying the secret of Albay is its being one community.

"We have the same spirit of consensus building, mutual understanding because Albay is one community. We shared goals, shared values, shared dreams and shared impacts," he said. (PNA) LAP/FGS/NIM/CBD