Gov. Gwen Garcia and former tourism chief Ace Durano (PhilStar courtesy)
By Junex Doronio
October 2, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – After announcing his bid for governor of the vote-rich Cebu province, former Tourism Secretary Joseph “Ace” Durano has assailed Governor Gwen Garcia for the outsourcing of health workers as he vowed to hire plantilla personnel and give them higher wages on regular status.
Durano, Cebu provincial chairman of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), said there is a need to restore the hiring of plantilla personnel in the Province’s hospitals which was implemented when Vice-Governor Hilario “Junjun” Davide III was in charge of Capitol.
“Medical personnel are facing a difficult situation right now. And in the case of those that are outsourced, they also have their salaries deducted by their agencies, which adds to their burdens even more. For me, providing plantilla positions and high pay for doctors and other medical professionals is the only way to go if you want to improve the conditions of our provincial and district hospitals. Vice Gov. Junjun (Davide) did that when he was governor and I plan to reimplement it if given the chance,” Durano said.
On Thursday, September 30, Durano announced that he will run against Garcia for the province’s top post in the May 2022 polls.
Durano claimed that he is coming out from his private life to give in to the public clamor to vie for the post, with Davide as his running mate.
It will be an NPC-LP (Liberal Party) coalition as Davide is a member of the erstwhile ruling party,
Mincing no words, Durano assailed how Garcia is handling the COVID-19 pandemic in Cebu.
“If we remain to address it the way we are currently doing so, then this pandemic would affect us for a much-prolonged time,” the NPC Cebu official said.
Durano noted that after Davide stepped down as governor in 2019, Garcia revamped her predecessor’s program to hire more doctors and other medical professionals and instead, opt to outsource them.
He added that there should be more vaccine information to fight the massive misinformation that has led to vaccine hesitancy among Cebuanos. (ai/mtvn)