Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. called for a meeting with the hospital chiefs and administrative officers of the 12 hospitals operated by the provincial government on Friday, July 28, 2017, to thresh out certain issues hounding the hospitals. Gov. Defensor reminded them that the provincial government-owned hospitals are "hospitals for the poor". He stressed that indigents should be given priority and that they could avail of ambulance services free of charge. Other matters regarding the ongoing construction activities in the hospitals were also tackled wherein Gov.
Indigents can use the ambulances of the 12 hospitals operated by the Iloilo provincial government free of charge. This is the directive of Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. contained in Executive Order No. 183 which he signed yesterday (July 27, 2017) upon arriving from Manila. The order on the free use of ambulances also include those in urgent and emergency cases. Defensor issued the directive amid complaints from the family of some patients that they are charged a certain amount when they intend to use the ambulance to transfer their patient to Iloilo City.
Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. distributed checks to three farmers associations that are beneficiaries of the livelihood component (I REAP) of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) on Thursday, July 27, 2017. The beneficiaries are: Barangay Matag-ub Sitio Kinambud Farmers Association for their piglet production and marketing enterprise in in Brgy. Matag-ub, Janiuay (P185,640), Inagdangan Norte and Sur Farmers Association for their goat production in Brgy.
Javelin throw record breaker James Losañes (center) of Estancia National High School with his coach Randy Bilbao (left) strike a pose with Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Seventeen-year old Losañes broke the record in Javelin throw (700 grams) in the 2017 ASEAN School Games, also known as Youth SEA Games, held in Singapore last July 13-22, 2017. Losañes, who hails from Binuluangan, Carles, registered 66.60 meters breaking the event’s standing record which is 62.38 meters. As such, Losañes grabbed the gold medal in the competition.
The Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force (IPBDTF) received another commendation for their successful implementation of anti-illegal fishing campaign, this time from the environmental movement Pasalamat sa Katauhan with endorsement from the United Nations (UN) – Environment. The commendation was presented to them by environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa, Jr. last Saturday, July 22, 2017, during the Visayan Sea Governors Meeting in Sicogon Island, Carles, Iloilo.
The provinces of Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Cebu and Masbate have renewed their commitment for the conservation, protection and restoration of the Visayan Sea.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr., Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr., Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III’s representative, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) director Eduardo Gongona signed the covenant of commitment and cooperation during their meeting in Sicogon Island, Carles, Iloilo on Saturday (July 22, 2017). Masbate Governor Antonio Kho was absent in the meeting.
"Our hospitals were built for the poor and not for the rich, therefore, you must attend to the poor first," Defensor said during the inauguration of an annex building at the Ramon Duremdes District Hospital in Dumangas, Iloilo on July 19, 2017.
"Let us take care of the poor. Never mind the rich, they can take care of themselves," the governor stressed before doctors, nurses and other hospital workers.