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Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said during her State of the Province Address Friday that the state of the province is strong. “As of December 2010, our total assets now stand at 28.6 billion pesos,” she added. The governor said the measure of her success is not by what’s in Capitol’s balance sheets but by how the assets have been used to benefit the Cebuanos.

Garcia cites accomplishments in infrastructure: asphalting a total of 773 kilometers, concreted more than 175 kilometers of barangay roads all over the province, and concreting of 80 bridges. In barangay electrification, the governor said she has energized a total of 394 communities. She also mentioned a load agreement with Veco, Cebeco, and their large load customers since 2009 that mitigated the effects of power outages in the province.

Other accomplishments the governor cited:

* Construction of the three 100-bed capacity provincial hospitals in Carcar, Balamban and Danao City as well as implementation of a fourth in Bogo City
* Coverage of over 400,000 indigent families in Philhealth
* Insured around 45,000 barangay officials and workers in GSIS
* Providing sanitary toilets to 43,373 households

Her other programs include a 7-year aggressive social welfare program to bring more of government services to those who have less in life, supplemental feeding program that has served 62,229 of the province’s malnourished children, distribution of 10 bags of rice to women in 16 local government units and empowering them in the long term under the Grameen for Women Empowerment program that has provided capital to 3,513 women, and the Halad sa Gugma Alang Kang Lolo ug Lola that has served over 150,000 senior citizens through medical missions and distribution of basic commodities.

She said the Province has also started constructing senior citizen buildings in all Cebu’s towns and cities. For persons with disabilities, Garcia said she has distributed to them wheel chairs, canes, crutches, and hearing aids, among others.

Enhancement training programs were given to out-of-school youth, to teach them basic electronics, automotive mechanics, photographic silk screen printing, beauty care, food processing, sewing, and electronics.

In agriculture, Garcia said Capitol has reached out to farmers, coming up with a master list of over 17,000 farmers and fishermen, and provided them technical training.

Her tourism program Suroy-Suroy Sugbo, said Garcia, resulted in the 51 towns and cities in the Province doing an inventory of its cultural heritage.

She said the local governments have been challenged to come out with unique tourism packages, and the Province will provide a coaster or bus to the local government that can put together a tourism and cultural experience.

Capitol, the governor added, continues to build tourism infrastructure: heritage parks and rest areas across the province. Garcia said she is also glad that Capitol is about to open the Cebu Performing Arts Center, which has been unused for too long.

Cebu has also reached out to the world and established working partnerships with 14 provinces and states in Asia, Europe, and the US. Through One Expo, which is a public and private endeavor, Cebu is showcased tot he world. Since 2008, when there was only 130 exhibitors, the number of those joining the expo has grown to over 400.

When Capitol hosts the 12th East Asia Tourism Forum in September, Cebu will once again be highlighted internationally. She thanked Vice Governor Agnes Magpale for her wise counsel, cooperation, and hard work. She also thanked the Provincial Board, Capitol employees, and private sector for helping create a better Cebu. The governor acknowledged the presence of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, and thanked him for his openness to work together for Cebu’s progress.