ILOILO – For the first time, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. of this province will be awarded as the most outstanding governor in the Philippines in the field of social services this coming Wednesday.
The recognition is the result of the annual search by the Association of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers of the Philippines Inc. (ALSWDOP), according to Provincial Social Welfare Officer Neneth Q. Pador.
Pador, who is also an awardee, said the ceremony is the highlight of their 18th National Social Welfare and Development Forum and General Assembly from April 22-25, 2014 in the Kalantiao Hall of Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center in Iloilo City.
Defensor said he is elated when he learned that he won in the search for it will be a proof that the provincial government is doing its best to deliver the social services that is due to its people.
He also said that the award can also inspire other local chief executives in the country to emulate what his governance has done to help improve the well being of Ilonggos living in poverty line.
Since his return as governor of this province, Defensor has provided P36-million medical and burial aid to 32,108 indigents from July 2010 to June 2013.
He also provided P2.7-million for the establishment of Iloilo Provincial Development Center for Women and Children to rescue those women and children in crisis situation.
In relation to universal healthcare, Defensor also enrolled 92,219 indigent families and 8,136 barangay nutrition scholars, barangay service point officers and other volunteers in Day Care Centers and Barangay Health Stations in PhilHealth.
Defensor also approved Persons with Disability Ordinance and Senior Citizens Ordinance in 2012 to uphold the rights of PWDs and elders to improved medical healthcare and other privileges mandated by the State.
The governor is likewise supportive in PSWDO’s celebration of Centenarians’ Day, a program that honours the centenarians of Iloilo by giving them plaques of recognition for having reached the of 100 and above and cash incentives.
Lastly, Defensor is also responsible in providing potable water to 286 barangays and 14 public schools that did not have water sources in the past under the Provincial Waterworks and Sanitation Program. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)