By LITO LURONA
MISAMIS Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano on Monday announced that he has suspended his administration’s pet program Misorcares because of the Duterte administration’s Universal Health Care (UHC) program — and because of the criticisms hurled by his political enemies.
Emano said the criticisms Misorcares received from provincial board member Jessa Mugot and Vice Gov. Jeremy Jonahmar Pelaez during the election period also factored in his decision.
He said the capitol was waiting for the UHC guidelines from the national government that identified Misamis Oriental as one of its pilot areas.
“Wala nay gidawat ang province nga mga pasyente og tabang ang province,” said Emano, adding that all those in need of medical assistance should go to their respective local governments and not the provincial government.
“Mangayo na sila ang nanginahanglan og tabang ngadto sa misaway sa Misorcares,” he said.
But after saying this, Emano said he ordered the Provincial Social and Welfare Development (PSWD) to accept all requests for medical and burial assistance, especially patients from Misamis Oriental who have been confined at Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC).
Emano appealed to capitol’s constituents for understanding, saying his administration needs time because the Duterte administration’s UHC has yet to be implemented in Misamis Oriental.
“I believe and support the Universal Health Care program of President Rodrigo Duterte. Atong tan-awon kung ma-duplicate ba nato and then ma-adopt sa Misorcares program,” he said.
The UHC program aimed to automatically enroll all citizens to the newly created National Health Insurance Program (NHIP).