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Seal of Good Local Governance


We are proud to report that the Province of Romblon has been awarded the Seal of Good Local Governance for 2014! Ayon sa DILG, ito ay pagkilala sa katapatan at kahusayan ng pamahalaang lokal. This is the next step up after the Seal of Good Housekeeping which we garnered in 2011/2012.

The Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) has 6 basic elements: 1) good financial keeping, 2) disaster preparedness, 3) social protection, 4) business friendliness and competitiveness, 5) environment management, and 6) peace and order. An LGU needs to comply with all 3 core elements of the SGLG - good financial keeping, disaster preparedness, and social protection - and at least one from the other assessment areas to be able to become an SGLG recipient.

As a result, the Province will receive a P7 Million prize, which can be allocated for infrastructure or other projects. Sulong, Romblon!

Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index


The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) was developed by the NCC through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the assistance of the INVEST Project of USAID. City and municipality data used in the CMCI were voluntarily submitted by the RCCs. Itfeatured a record number of 136 cities and 399 municipalities, up from 122 cities and 163 municipalities in the pilot run in 2013. For Romblon, topping is Odiongan followed by Looc, San Fernando, Cajidiocan, Alcantara, Romblon and Calatrava, respectively.

Economic Dynamism scores were based on data on the size and growth of the local economy as measured by business registrations, capital, revenues, and occupancy permits; capacity to generate employment; cost of living; cost of doing business; financial deepening; productivity; and presence of business and professional organizations. Government Efficiency scores were based on data on transparency scores, economic governance scores, local taxes and revenues, local competition-related awards, business registration efficiency, investment promotion, compliance to national directives, security, health, and education. Infrastructure scores were based on data on existing road network, distance from city/municipality center to major ports, Department of Tourism-accredited accommodations, health infrastructure, education infrastructure, basic utilities, infrastructure investments, ICT connection, ATMs, and public transportation.

Ona Inaugurates New Hospital Buidings in Romblon


Odiongan, Romblon - Secretary of Health Enrique T. Ona, with Romblon Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo, Vice Governor Jose R. Riano and Congressman Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona, alongside regional and provincial officials, unveiled the new buildings at the Romblon Provincial Hospital, constructed under the Department of Health's (DOH) Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP).

The objective of the HFEP program is to upgrade health facilities and provide training to health professionals, and improve access of people to quality health care services. It also aims to enhance the delivery of basic, essential, and specialized health services in the community.

The hospital was upgraded and modernized under the DOH-HFEP program with an allotment of P138,243,162.27 in 2010 and 2011 for Phase 1 of the project. It included the repair of the emergency room and intensive care unit, and the construction of a two-storey building for patients' wards, surgery and obstetrics, out-patient department, x-ray and additional offices for hospital staff. In 2012, it received an additional P118,499,301 and P140,000,000 for Phase 2 of the project.

In his inauguration speech, universal health care champion Ona stressed that health is part of the major strategy for poverty reduction and inclusive growth which shall be felt by the poorest of the poor.

'Government hospitals are for the people and if one does not like to be admitted or conf?ned in such facilit?es, then there must be something wrong. In short, whether it is a government or private hospital, it must be best for all - the services must be the same, the facilities must be, in terms of diagnosis and curative aspects, must be the same. This concept is affirmed today, that public hospitals are not dilapidated but presentable,' Ona said.

The health chief was hailed 'Father of Modern Health Facilities of the Philippines' by the newly-appointed DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Director, Dr. Eduardo Januario.

The Romblon Provincial Hospital is a Level 1 health facility, with a 75-bed capacity and a 63 percent bed occupancy rate. It is operated by the provincial government of Romblon.

According to hospital records, there were a total of 4,883 admissions in 2013, excluding the newborn. It also administered a total of 378 newborn screening tests, and discharged a total of 4,749 patients (alive). It provided in-patient service to a total of 17,250 patients. It caters to an average of 45 patients daily.

Among its existing ancillary services includes a clinical laboratory for blood services, pharmacy, diagnosis, and x-ray and ultrasound services.

'We thank the national government through the DOH for supporting our health programs especially facility development which is a vital necessity for a geographically isolated and disadvantaged area (GIDA) like the archipelagic province of Romblon,' said Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo, a medical doctor himself.

'One of our top priorities is health as embodied in our program H.E.A.R.T. - health, education and environment, agriculture, revenue generation, tourism, transparency and true public service - all for the people of Romblon towards sustainable and inclusive development,' added Firmalo.

Lone district of Romblon Representative Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona expressed his happiness that Firmalo managed to encourage private doctors to become consultants for Romblon's hospitals.

'We need this kind of facility and we want our people to have the best health care through this facility towards a better life and we will support any measure that will increase the salary rates of our doctors,' Madrona said.

Madrona assured that the funding for the Phase 3 of the hospital shall be appropriated in the 2015 national budget.

With a population of 289,867, Romblon is one of the provinces under DOH Region IV-B. According to the region's 2013 Vital Health Indices, the province has a 19.68% (5,706) live birth and 5.32% (1,541) death rate. The leading causes of mortality in the province are heart diseases, pneumonia, cancer, cerebro vascular accidents, and hypertension.

'This hospital is the symbol of hope for the people of Romblon - proof of the Aquino administration's commitment to the universal health care program for all,' said Hospital Chief Dr. Benedict Anatalio.

Also inaugurated were the Romblon Blood Collection Unit and the Conference Hall.

Other personalities present during the ceremonies were the vice mayors of Romblon, barangay officials of Odiongan town, Provincial Health Officer Ederlina Aguirre, and various health workers in the province.

Roxas Inaugurates DILG projects in Romblon


Odiongan, Romblon - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas visited Romblon yesterday (April 4) to inaugurate three major projects, including the P9-million Provincial Convention Center in Odiongan town, funded by the DILG's Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).

The DILG chief said local officials of Romblon were able to match the P7 million of the PCF subsidy, effectively doubling it. Out of this total of P14 million, P9 million was spent for the convention center while the balance of P5 million was utilized to fund six other projects in different towns throughout the province.

Credit: Paul Jaysent Fos/Romblon News

"Ang mga proyekto na ito sa Odiongan at iba pang lugar sa Romblon ay patunay na patuloy na bibigyan ng pagkilala ng Pangulong Aquino ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na nakikiisa sa tuwid na daan," Roxas said.

"Ang mga biniyayaang munisipalidad ay nakapasa sa criteria ng Seal of Good Governance ng DILG bago sila mabigyan ng PCF. Ang ibig-sabihin nito, nakapagpakita sila ng transparency, accountability, at good governance, kaya sila kinikilala," he added.

Credit: Paul Jaysent Fos/Romblon News

Aside from the provincial convention center (also called the 'Farmer's Training Center), the DILG chief inaugurated the P1 million Odiongan Covered Court which was completed through the P1 million cash incentive under the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award given by the DILG. Odiongan was chosen as regional winner for the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award in 2011.

Later, Roxas inaugurated the opening of the concretized Formilleza Street in Odiongan which is also a recipient of P1-million in PCF for having passed the Silver Grade Seal of Good Governance earlier this year.

The DILG chief led the ceremonial awarding of PCF checks to eight Romblon mayors from the towns of Banton, Cajidiocan, Calatrava, Corcuera, Look, Odiongan, San Augustin, and Sta. Maria.

Credit: Paul Jaysent Fos/Romblon News

'This activity recognizes the excellent performance in local governance of said mayors," Roxas, who personally awarded the big replicas of the PCF checks, said.

Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo expressed his gratitude to the DILG chief for visiting Romblon during the annual fiesta of the province's business hub, Odiongan.

'As Romblon continues to move forward on the right path of sustainable development, we thank our national government for recognizing our efforts in good local governance,' Firmalo said.

'We commit to adhere by the highest standards of public service which is inclusive and genuine because Romblomanons deserve what is due to them - a healthy environment, best education, sustainable agriculture, high revenue, and transparency in governance,' he added.

Firmalo stressed that the provincial government will strive to be one of the best in the MIMAROPA region - the destination of choice.

Joining Roxas were Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali and Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez who also graced the 2014 Paraw Regatta, a banca sail competition pre-event for the annual Kanidugan Festival. They also visited the Odiongan Public Market and the on-going Provincial Agri-Trade Fair.

San Jose Celebrates Carabao Festival


March 15: 1st Carabao Island Bike-A-Thon
March 16: Civic Parade and Barangay Night
March 17: LGU
March 18: Parish Night
March 19: Carabao Festival (Street Dancing) and Miss Carabao Island Tourism

For more information please contact:
San Jose Tourism Office (0928 727 0653,

Provincial Tourism Office (Tablas and Carabao Islands)
(0998 318 5890 / 0915 561 4761)

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