“It’s easy to suggest solutions when you are aware of only one problem. However, the issues plaguing a province are complex, requiring a balanced approach to all aspects”, stated Governor Atty. Jose V. Gambito. With this statement, Governor Gambito emphasizes the need for a comprehensive and long-term solution to address the challenges faced by the province. He firmly believes that providing financial assistance, or ayuda, is not enough, as these are merely palliative solutions. Instead, his vision extends beyond short-term fixes, aiming to implement strategies that will benefit not only the present generation but also future generations.
Governor Gambito often quotes the well-known saying, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” This quote encapsulates his belief in the importance of empowering individuals and communities with the necessary skills and resources to thrive independently. While monetary assistance can provide temporary relief, it is crucial to address the root causes of the problems and ensure sustainable development for the future.
As a leader, Gov. Gambito is committed to ensuring that all the necessary needs of the province and its constituents are provided for. Just like a father taking care of his family, he must consider various aspects such as food, shelter, education, health, peace, security, and convenience.
Governor Gambito’s strategic approach to Nueva Vizcaya’s path to prosperity is a testament to his commitment. Despite the opposition from minority members of the Sanggunian Panlalwigan, he clarifies that the proposed P1 billion cash advance, sourced from the province’s National Tax Allocation (NATA), is not a conventional loan. It will be repaid using the NATA of the provincial government itself, ensuring Novo Vizcayanos will not shoulder any single centavo for the payment.
“Waiting for 10 to 15 years to accumulate funds for necessary projects would only prolong the burden faced by the people. By taking bold action and utilizing the cash advance, the government can alleviate current challenges and expedite implementing crucial projects that will benefit the province’s future”, Gov. Gambito asserted.
Investing in infrastructure projects is a strategic decision that safeguards the province’s future. Addressing the aging infrastructure now will not only prevent costly repairs or replacements in the future but also preempt the inevitable rise in construction costs, with the price of materials like cement and iron projected to double or even triple in the next 10 to 15 years, immediate action results in significant cost savings. Moreover, enhanced infrastructure can boost Nueva Vizcaya’s appeal to businesses and investors, stimulating additional revenue and fostering a vibrant economy.
“Channeling resources into agricultural infrastructure development equips farmers with essential tools, enhancing their productivity, market access, and climate adaptability. This strategic investment can significantly boost their income and elevate their living standards within the province”, Gambito explained.
Addressing concerns about competition from imported farm produce, Governor Gambito stated that improved infrastructure would enhance the competitiveness of local farmers. “By reducing transport costs and time, our farmers can deliver fresh produce to the markets more efficiently, giving them an edge over imported goods,” he said.
Governor Gambito’s comprehensive and holistic approach to ensuring the long-term sustainability and growth of Nueva Vizcaya extends beyond infrastructure projects. Recognizing the importance of providing quality healthcare services to the province’s residents, he has allocated a portion of the cash advance for the upgrading of hospital buildings and facilities.
“Improving hospital infrastructure is crucial because it enhances the overall quality of healthcare services provided to the community. Upgraded facilities can accommodate modern medical equipment and technologies, leading to more accurate diagnoses, better treatment outcomes, and an overall improved patient experience”, the Governor asserted.
Furthermore, investing in healthcare infrastructure aligns with Governor Gambito’s goal of promoting the well-being and welfare of the province’s residents. Accessible and well-maintained hospitals can provide timely and efficient healthcare services, ensuring that the community’s health needs are met.
In conclusion, Governor Gambito’s visionary leadership is evident in his decision to allocate funds for the upgrading of hospital buildings and facilities, showcasing his commitment to comprehensive development. By prioritizing quality healthcare services and investing in infrastructure, he is laying the foundation for the long-term sustainability and growth of Nueva Vizcaya. Simultaneously, his strategic approach addresses immediate needs while fostering a vibrant economy, attracting investments, and ensuring a prosperous future for the province and its residents, the Tribu Vizcayano.#RMI
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