“Let us give the people what they deserve. Give me two months to implement some changes in the provincial government.” This was the inspiring message of Bukidnon Provincial Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. for the provincial employees during the Monthly Convocation Program today, July 1, 2013 at Kaamulan Open Theater, city of Malaybalay.
On his first day of duty as the provincial chief executive, he appealed to every employee to work together for the good and best of the province. He said he was saddened knowing the poverty incidence in this province increases. He said the scarceness is due to the calamities that visited the province such as typhoons Sendong and Pablo. “During my barangay visits, I’ve seen the poor get poorer and it saddened me”, the governor said. This drives him to work harder and give the people what is due for them.
Governor Zubiri felt glad on the reports of the sponsoring agencies namely: Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Provincial Agriculture’s Office, Provincial Veterinary Office, National Food Authority and Philippine Red Cross. “The reports of the provincial offices and national agencies made me happy because it is what we needed specially the effort of the National Food Authority to reach out and help our farmers. But it is not enough to go around and compete with the traders. We have to break the cartel that controls the price of rice and other products in the country.”
Gov. Zubiri also cited some complications the province is facing. “Bukidnon is branded as an agricultural province however I dreamed of making it as an industrial one. It will improve people’s lives as it offers more jobs and opportunities. But then, Bukidnon is not suitable for industries since its materials will be drawn from far places and the transportation’s cost is quite high. We have to concentrate on industries where the raw materials will come from our locality. Another, is we have here in the province the second biggest power plant in the country which produces 254 megawatt of power supply found in Maramag town but the plant did not allow to give the province enough supply for the constituents here where we need to import power supply originated in Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City.”
The governor also mentioned the hospital concerns which he tagged as the pride of Bukidnon as it drew visitors from neighboring provinces and even delegates from other countries just to study the scheme of the Provincial Indigency Health Program (PIHP). “Whatever problem our hospitals have these days, I promise to solve it as your governor. Let us bring the government to the people”, governor Zubiri said. He assures that he won’t allow anybody to ruin the pride of Bukidnon and that he will solve it. “But first, we have to improve the services in the hospital, change the manner that some our doctors and nurses showed or treated our clients. They have to love their work because they are the one’s taking care of those who are sick.”
Because he guided the government workers to better service, “I need to do changes in two months’ time. I need to see to it that everyone is working according to their skills and capacities and that they’re worth the salary they’re receiving. I am doing this for the good of the people of Bukidnon because they deserve this.”
The provincial chief executive voiced this out so as the employees know what is on his heart and mind and expect some changes will be done pretty soon.