DOH and LGU’s signs local investment plan for health for Mimaropa

The Department of Health – MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) together with the local governments of the province recently signed the Local Investment Plan for Health (LIPH) ensuring the delivery of health services and facilities at the local level after a four-day LIPH Meeting and Finalization Workshop. “We are expediting the implementation of essential health services and programs to further improve the health, safety and welfare of the 3 million residents of the region and we can ensure this in partnership with the local health leaders through the…

DOH-Mimaropa air ambulance flies more patients from far-off island municipalities in Palawan

Just after seven days after its formal launching in Puerto Princesa City, the Department of Health – Mimaropa (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) air ambulance again airlifted two emergency patients from the island municipalities of Cuyo and Balabac in Palawan on March 19 and 20, 2017 respectively. One of the patients was a 41-year-old female suffering from G6PD preeclampsia and already in labor from Manamoc Island, one of the farthest islands of the Cuyo Archipelago. At 5PM, she was flown to the Cuyo District Hospital where she arrived at…

DoE gives go signal for Semirara’s power plant

Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) can go ahead and build a coal-fired power plant on Semirara island, initially with a capacity of 50-megawatts (MW), that can become Mindoro’s main source of baseload power, the Energy secretary said. “All the papers are going,” Alfonso G. Cusi, secretary of the Department of Energy (DoE), told reporters on the sidelines of a solar project’s launch. “They can build it already.” The project is a way for the department to look for a lasting solution to the intermittent power supply in island provinces…

RDC Mimaropa endorses P123B investment programs for 2018

Approximately Php123 billion of investments is expected to fuel government programs, building up the regional economy and laying the groundworks for Ambisyon Natin 2040 and President Rodrigo Duterte’s 0+10 Agenda in Mimaropa. This is one of the major outputs of the recent Full Council Meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC)-Mimaropa as the council approved and endorsed the 2018 Agency Investment Programs of the development administration, economic, social and infrastructure committees. The 2018 Investment Program also includes provision for the establishment of regional offices to be located in Calapan City,…

PCA chief suspended on corruption case, but defies board order

MANILA – Philippine Coconut Authority administrator Avelino “Billy” Andal has been ordered suspended while issues of corruption against him are being investigated. According to Atty. Halmen Valdez, undersecretary at the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, the PCA Board made the decision after receiving information that Andal was behind his employees’ alleged extortion of P1.50 per board foot of trees being cut in Basilan, Mindoro, Marinduque and Quezon. Though the “fee” collected seems small, the total amount extorted could reach P90 million in Basilan alone. PCA deputy administrator Glenn Santos was…