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Church groups hit schools repairs 'delay'

Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00

By Ralph John Mijares and Edalyn Acta

 

“WHY IS this happening to our province when we know that your administration is committed to delivering much-needed rehabilitation works?”


This statement formed part of the open letter addressed to Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco, Vice-Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras and the members of the provincial board signed by Mr. Sulpicio Morales, Jr. of the Capiz Baptist Ministers Association (CBMA) and Rev. Ramon Plaza of the Evangelical Ministers Fellowship of Iloilo City (EMFIC).


Referring to the P500 million Yolanda rehabilitation fund for damaged school buildings, said letter inquired on the delay of repairs of schools damaged by Supertyphoon Yolanda in November 2013.


“Mr. Governor, Vice-Governor, and our honorable board members, we are however deeply moved, even embarrassed, on the latest media reports to hit our province,” it said.


The letter also asked “how true that all these happened because of the intervention of our beloved Congressman Tony del Rosario?” and “how true that all these were known by the hierarchy of the Department of Education particularly by Undersecretary Valera?”


For his part, Del Rosario said in a letter that he had nothing to do with the delay of the repairs.


“A scrutiny of both abstract showed that the figures of the budget and bid prices were so close. Example, a projected with budget of P6,295,410.00 was bided at P6,291,299.75 or a difference of P4,110.25,” he said.

 

“The findings were conveyed to me by my district office and I went to see Sec. Luistro verbalizing my fear that the integrity of the bidding process was tainted.


“The Office of Secretary Luistro acted on this information and a certain Usec. Valera was sent to make initial investigation. I learned later that the implementation of the project was suspended and team of technical personnel were sent to Roxas City to conduct investigation. At present, there is another team in Roxas City verifying the finding of the first team,” Del Rosario said.


Further, it is “therefore, clear that the suspension order came from DepEd and cannot be alluded to me in anyway.”


May I assure my constituents that I work for their interest and will not hesitate to continue working for them,” he said.

 

Del Rosario admitted that he was hesitant about giving the letter to the media at first.


“I was hesitant to give this letter to the media because I wanted to protect the integrity of DepEd pending result of the investigation. I am compelled to write this open letter because of the matter has already been discussed openly by the media and it is far-reaching implications on my reputation,” he said.


The solon encouraged his constituents to come to his office for clarification, information or verifications on any issue that concerns any projects of his office.

ROXAS CITY — Health officials recently called on the public and other stakeholders to join hands for all children to be fully immunized against common childhood illnesses and diseases.


In the grand launch of the vaccine mass immunization campaign in Capiz, Dr. Sofia Pulmones of the Department of Health Regional Office 6 stressed that common childhood illnesses such as measles, rubella and polio can be prevented through immunization.


She said that vaccines for such immunization are available and free in all health stations and health centers for the target children.


Pulmones said that like measles, children infected of the measles virus are at risk of complications which could put their lives in danger.


“The under five-year old children are the most vulnerable age group for said childhood illnesses, the reason why they are the target for mass immunization by the DOH,” she said.


While immunization is free and available, Dr. Leah Del Rosario of the Provincial Health Office here cited the lack of appreciation by parents and other caregivers on the importance of immunization, lack of time or prioritization to bring their children to the health facility as well as some cultural or religious belief are only among the reasons why there are still “missed children.”


Del Rosario explained that missed children are those who have not received the immunization either through a routine or special immunization activity.


To ensure that the target children are given immunization in this campaign, the PHO is doing a rapid coverage assessment every after an immunization activity is done in a purok or barangay and is done every day, she added.

 

Further, PHO Information Officer Antonio Ynigo Rafael Altavas said that as of September 2, a total of 9,230 or 10.7% of the target children were given measles and rubella vaccine, while 10,291 children or 10.2% of the target population were given oral polio vaccine.


Altavas revealed that the population target for measles and rubella immunization in Capiz reached 86,037 nine month old to below five years old children while the 101,000 children age zero to five years old are the target population for the oral polio vaccine.

 

(J.B. Guillermo)

Int'l orgs place Capiz kids first

Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00

ROXAS CITY—Three humanitarian organizations here have stressed their continued support particularly on children’s health as part of their respective responses in the aftermath of Supertyphoon Yolanda in Capiz.


“UNICEF is happy to support the Provincial Health Office with vaccines, cold-storage facility and trainings,” UNICEF Philippines Country Office Field Operations Chief Margaret Sheehan said during the grand launching of the Measles Rubella Oral Polio Vaccine Mass Immunization Sept. 1.


Sheehan sought the support of barangay officials and residents for the success of the monthlong immunization against measles and polio diseases.


Meanwhile , ChildFund Representative Felomina Arroyo said that their organization has established one-stop shops for pregnant and lactating women and children below five years old as part of its nutrition program in covered areas.

 

For their part, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) also conveyed its support to uplift the health condition of the Capiceños in the same program.


“We came here to be part of the Haiyan response not only on shelter and livelihood but also to give much focus on health,” IOM Representative Allan Motus said.


Representatives of said organizations also took part in the ceremonial oral polio vaccination which highlighted the program.