Garbo bares plans for MabalaqueñosSeptember 8, 2017 5:39 am / News
July 20-22, 2017
CLARK FREEPORT – Newly-installed Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo C. Garbo has hit the ground running with health services as his main focus.
Garbo, who is barely three weeks in office, said he has already completed his medical specialists’ team which includes two general surgeons, two ophthalmologists, a nephrologist who also caters dialysis patients, and an oncologist for cancer patients.
Garbo, who finished a degree in medicine, said the sangguniang panlungsod has allotted P10 million for hospital bill assistance and P15 million to cater to the health needs of his poorest constituents classified as category A,B,C and with the last categories getting 100 percent free hospitalization.
He said there are now four Rural Health Units in the city to cater to the health needs of Mabalaqueños.
The mayor said general surgery patients can come on Mondays for consultation and then be scheduled for surgeries on Wednesday or Fridays.
Garbo said he also created a central pharmacy near the Mayor’s Office and allotted an initial P20 million for it.
He said the local government unit will sign a memorandum of contract on July 21 with San Rafael Medical Center, Garcia Medical Center, The Medical City-Clark and AUF Medical center hospitals for the patients’ hospitalization.
“Gusto ko yung mga kababayan natin mafeel nila yung services na kailangan (I want my constituents to feel the services that they really need),” he said during the media forum “News @ Hues” organized by the Pampanga Press Club in cooperation with Park Inn Hotel by Radisson Clark at the Sm City Clark complex here on Tuesday.
Garbo said he also came up with a program of free burial services and assistance in the amount of P15,000 for indigents after the city council approved a P15 million budget.
Garbo said his main focus after health is education, peace and order and traffic.
The mayor also announced that the road widening from Barangay Tabun to Barangay Lakandula in Malabacat City will be a showcase for the city.
“All electric posts will be relocated or moved out and spaghetti wires will also be removed or bundled together,” he said.
Garbo said some P80 million was allocated for street lighting on the said highway “so that Mabalaquenos” can feel that their community is now a city”
The road lights will be bright enough so that even when motorists turn off their headlights at night they can still see the road, Garbo added.
The mayor said they are now in transition from the past administration with former Comelec assistant regional director Atty. Emmanuel Ignacio as head of his transition team.
He disclosed that the former administration of Boking Morales left some P725 million in the city coffers for the remaining months of the years from the total budget of P1.325 billion.
Out of the P725 million, some P375 million is already allotted for the salaries, wages and benefits of the city employees, he said and the remaining P400 million will be appropriated for various projects of the city.
He said there is also a remaining 20 percent development fund and five percent fund for the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).
Garbo said newly issued business permits and even mayor’s permits will no longer have the mayor’s picture as practiced in the past administration.
“In my inaugural speech, I already instructed the removal of all posters and banners especially the ones with pictures of politicians,” he said.
Meanwhile, the inventory of all personnel in the city government’s 19 departments and divisions including permanent and casual employees as well as job orders (JOs) have resulted in a massive overhaul. – Ashley Manabat