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Camiguin takes pride in improved economy, tourism in 2018

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CAMIGUIN, Jan. 6 (PIA)—Securing over Php72 million budget for road construction and rehabilitation, attaining 688,587 tourist arrivals in 2018, and improving health and nutritional status among school-aged children, the Provincial Government of Camiguin bares 2018 key strategies that lead to making the island one of the most beautiful and peaceful islands in the country.

49212734_1283359538471674_7208270065580376064_n“My greatest aspiration as a woman leader, at the same time, a wife and a mother – is attaining a quality of life for all Camiguingnons where everyone enjoys the dividends of economic progress, and feels safe and secure in their homes and communities,” Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo said during her State of the Province Address (SOPA) on January 6.

Investing in human capital

Believing that the most important economic resource lies in human capital, the local government addressed the oral, physical and mental health of its people. In 2018, the province has attained 85 percent orally fit children and attended to 133 mentally-ill patients, making Camiguin the first province that gives importance to the usually neglected health problem in the country.

Romualdo also cited the significant improvement of the zero open defecation (ZOD) program implementation in the province from 18 percent compliance in 2017 to 79 percent in 2018 highlighting the 15 barangays in Camiguin which were already declared ZOD areas.

The strict implementation of the Smoke-Free Camiguin has also changed the face of the island from a top tourist destination to a healthy haven for tourists and residents as it accorded the Red Orchid Award.

Furthermore, with the aid of the Department of Health (DOH), over Php116 million was allocated to improve the facilities and services of Camiguin General Hospital (CGH).

The marginalized sector that includes the displaced individuals/families, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, children, women, elderly and differently-abled persons attained immediate response from the local government which allocated Php12,757,878 in CY 2018 to cater to their needs.

Securing economic progress

Contributing about Php35,735,000 to the Php72,566,830 requirement to complete the opening of interconnected routes and rehabilitation of roads, the local government now assures not only the ease of accessibility to tourist sites but also the speedy transportation of farm products to the market.

Locals tourists will enjoy the new and improved sports complex as the construction of such facility will soon reach its completion. Also, swimming enthusiasts will get a chance to hone their skills once the swimming pool at Mahinog will be completed.

“And I did not do all these alone. With myself, alone, I am powerless. However, with you, marching with me, united in heart and mind, we made things happen to assure that progress never stops for a clean and beautiful Camiguin,” Romualdo said.

To brace and further advance such feats, Romualdo urged Camiguingnons to implement the Water Code and respect the mandate on the easement, keep the quality of coastal water to the highest standard and the forest land pristine, and take care of the heritage sites that are treasures recognized by the national government. (RTP/PIA10)

 

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Camiguin celebrates 50 years of feat, boundless opportunities

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CAMIGUIN, January 8 (PIA) – With the theme, “Small Province, Big Future,” the province of Camiguin celebrated its 50th founding anniversary with festive events, creative contests, awarding of achievers, grand parade, live concert, fireworks display and presentation of the State of the Province Address on January 4-7.

League of Municipal Mayors President and Mambajao Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said that the 50th Araw ng Camiguin highlights the pouring in of more jobs and investments in the province thus, “There is always future in Camiguin.” He also said that the provincial government is looking forward to more young Camiguingnons coming home as they will no longer seek for employment in other areas.

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The celebration kicked off with the grand opening and ribbon cutting of various booths that feature the products of Camiguin and the services of national line agencies on January 4 at Ugmad Site.

To showcase the talents and inspire the youth to take part in the undertakings of the province, numerous contests were held from January 4 to 6 and these include the Inter-Elementary and High School Spelling Bee held at Ugmad Site, and Inter-High School and Kapisanan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) Trashure Competition where participants were asked to creatively produce necklaces, bracelets and other accessories out of trash.

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High school students also competed in the charcoal painting, extemporaneous speech, flower arrangement, mob dance and marching band contests.

The first day of the celebration is further made vibrant with the inter-elementary dance sports competition, night fun run and live band presentation.

The municipalities of the province also exhibited their talents in cooking lechon (roasted pork) at the Ugmad Site aside from displaying their products in the Pista sa Nayon.

To further uphold good local governance, the provincial government launched the Inter-Office 5s Competition and Cong. PPR Memorial Awards for Good Local Governance. Exemplary municipal local government units (MLGUs), barangay achievers, agricultural achievers, partner national government agencies and non-government organizations of the provincial local government were also recognized.

Moreover, the provincial government also held the ground breaking ceremony of the new provincial capitol building location at Lacas, Mambajao with a total allocation of P250 million and unveiled the 50th Camiguin Founding Anniversary Marker on January 7.

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Another highlight of the celebration is the grand parade of umbrellas of various national line agencies, schools, civil society organizations, businesses and non-government organizations in the province.

The Araw ng Camiguin was then capped with the State of the Province Address of Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo, fireworks display and a live concert.

With the programs, activities, projects and endless opportunities in the province, the provincial governor is optimistic that greater things await the Camiguingnons for the years to come saying, “I am looking forward for a brighter and bigger future ahead of us.”(Recthie T. Paculba/PIA10)