Sorsogon governor gets flak over lack of medicines; blames politics | BICOL TODAY

Sorsogon governor gets flak over lack of medicines; blames politics

Photo by Aris Lopez

By Bobot Estropigan Laguna, Contributor

SORSOGON CITY – Turning back on his critics, Sorsogon Governor Bobet Lee Rodrigueza blamed politics instead, as behind the recent scathing criticisms against his administration, particularly on the alleged inadequacy of medicines, discourteous and incompetent staff at the Sorsogon Provincial Hospital(SPH), now called Dr. Fernando Duran Hospital, incessantly complained of, particularly by indigent patients.

In a press conference June 20, Gov. Rodrigueza, through the elaborate visual presentation by Dr. Renato Bolo, SPH Operations Head, cited some of his administration’s major accomplishments in terms of delivery of the much needed medical and other services at the provincial hospital, to wit;

1. The use of an ambulance for free through Governor’s Office Order no. 57 series of 2017
2. Availability of dialysis machine, and
3. More than 200 thousand patients, mostly indigents, have availed of the hospital services.

The governor hit Senator Chiz Escudero, Representatives Evelina “Nanay” Evie Escudero and Deogracias Ramos of the 1st and 2nd Districts, for not providing financial assistance to the provincial hospital.

Rodrigueza also took a swipe at Casiguran Mayor Edwin “Boboy” Hamor’s Pasalingaya, where almost a million pesos worth of appliances are raffled off in separate occasions in all the 14 towns and only city in the province.

The governor said the money spent in the Pasalingaya could have been used in the purchase of medicines, and in the improvement of the services at the SPH.

When asked by this writer, however, as to how much was the budget for the SPH in 2017 and 2018, the governor, instead of categorically answering how much, parried the question by just saying “ we have a budget, not just for the SPH but for the medical missions regularly conducted by the provincial government ”. He never mentioned the budget allocations.

Meanwhile, 2nd District Rep. Cong Deogracias Ramos in a radio interview over Pasalingaya FM hosted by station Gen. Mgr. former Sorsogon City Vice Mayor Ed Ayo Atutubo, thru reporter Bong Lopez, rebuked claims made by the governor on matters pertaining to financial assistance.

Ramos said he, Senator Chiz Escudero and Rep. Evelina “Nanay” Escudero have funds for nationally- funded hospitals such as the BRTTH in Albay, PGH, Phil. Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center, National Children’s Hospital, etc. where Sorsoganons could avail of.

Locally, Ramos further averred, he has provided funds for Gubat District Hospital and even incurred some P 2-M in debt for medicines of indigent patients.

Under the Local Government Code of 1991, the provincial hospital, a devolved agency, is directly under the Office of the Provincial Governor and all funds relative to its operation, maintenance, purchase of medicines, are provided by the provincial government, not by the congressman nor the senator.

Rodrigueza, and even his mother, Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee and former Gov. Raul Lee have always been at the receiving end of radio commentaries, particularly from former 1st District Prov’l Board Member and now Pasalingaya 88.1 FM hard-hitting commentator Roland Anonuevo, one of the Lee family’s most vociferous critics, over alleged corruption.

Former Gov. Raul Lee was convicted last year by the Sandiganbayan over the P 5-M fertilizer scam and was meted with 40 years imprisonment, while Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee has also pending graft cases with the Office of the Ombudsman.

The former governor has appealed his conviction with the Supreme Court. Also awaiting decision is the graft case involving the P 22-M Distance Learning Program of the provincial government filed against the former governor which is still pending with the Office of the Ombudsman. []

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