QUEZON PROVINCE, ONE OF THE BEST PROJECT IMPLEMENTORS IN THE COUNTRY:QUEZON
QUEZON PROVINCE, ONE OF GALING POOK 2012’s 16 GRAND FINALISTS. Quezon Governor David “Jayjay” Suarez received awards recognizing the province’s “Lingap Kalusugan sa Barangay” health coupon program this March 18, 2013 at the Landbank Plaza in Malate, Manila. The distribution of the awards was headed by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas III, Land Bank of the Philippines President and CEO Gilda E. Pico, and the members of the Galing Pook Foundation led by Ma. Lourdes C. Fernando. Gov. Suarez was accompanied by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Agripino Tullas, Quezon Provincial Information Officer Ma. Janet Geneblazo-Buelo, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Johnny Pasatiempo, and Provincial Administrator Romulo Edaño, Jr. during the ceremony. (QPIO).
Quezon Governor David “Jayjay” C. Suarez was awarded two plaques recognizing the province as a finalist within the top 16 chosen by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Galing Pook Foundation from over 160 LGU contenders with the best programs focused on developing their local communities. The prestigious 2012 Galing Pook Awards gave the recognition to Gov. Suarez for his administration’s innovative “Lingap Kalusugan sa Barangay”,or LKB health coupon program this March 18, 2013 at the Diosdado Macapagal Hall in Landbank Plaza, Malate, Manila. The first plaque is for the province, while the other is for the young governor. The said honor was conferred personally by no other than DILG Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas III, Galing Pook Foundation Vice-Chairperson Ma. Lourdes C. Fernando, and Land Bank of the Philippines President and CEO Gilda E. Pico. Unlike the programs of other finalists which have been in implementation for several years to a decade, the LKB is relatively young with only over two years under its belt. The health coupon program was first implemented last 2011 by Gov. Suarez’s administration with the goal of making available to poor constituents affordable healthcare. Helping the provincial government achieve this end are the combined efforts of the Quezon Medical Center, the 16 municipal and district hospitals within the province, and pharmacies that support the thrust of Gov. Suarez. The LKB is also fondly and more commonly known as Serbisyong Suarez health coupons within the province, and is the first and only coupon/voucher system in the entire country. Under the LKB system, the responsibility to distribute health coupons to residents needing medical help is assigned to barangay captains who receive the vouchers from the provincial government. The distribution of coupons instead of actual cash to beneficiaries ensures that these are not allocated for purposes other than addressing medical and health needs. It also reduces the potential for corruption at the barangay level. Because of successful implementation, a total of 112, 863 Quezonians have benefitted ever since LKB was launched. And, in order to ensure that more Quezonians will continue to reap the program’s benefits, the provincial government passed the “Health Coupon Ordinance” or Provincial Ordinance No. 15 Series of 2012 (Resolution No. 1525). The Galing Pook Awards is one of the recognition programs awarded by DILG under Innovation and Excellence in Local Governance. Others are the Lupong Tagapagmana Incentives Awards, Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, and the newlyformed Jesse Robredo Leadership Award. The other LGUs that made it in Galing Pook Awards’s 16 finalists aside from Quezon are the provinces of Sarangani and South Cotabato; the municipalities of Loboc, Teresa, and San Francisco, Cebu; the cities of Valenzuela, Mandaluyong, Dumaguete, Muntinlupa, San Jose, Masbate and Tagum; and Barangay Poblacion, Tupi of South Cotabato. The 16 were chosen after much consideration, from submission of requirements, validation, until the oral presentation of the representatives of the chosen LGUs. The selection criteria in determining the finalists were positive results and impact (30%), promotion of people’s participation at empowerment (30%), innovation (15%), transferability and sustainability (15%), and efficiency of program service delivery (10%). Gov. Suarez was accompanied during the ceremony by Provincial Administrator Romulo Edano Jr., Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Johnny Pasatiempo, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Agripino Tullas, and Quezon Provincial Information Officer Ma. Janet Geneblazo-Buelo. (QPIO)