Pampanga Gov. Pineda thanks PNoy for SONA mention
Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda is elated after President Aquino recognized the provincial government in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Aquino has cited Pampanga’s healthcare programs, particularly its efforts to provide coverage to indigents who have been given PhilHealth cards during the past five years of the Pineda administration.
In reaction, the Pampanga governor thanked PNoy for recognizing the provincial government and for taking care of the sick.
“Nagpapasalamat ako kay President Aquino sa kanyang pag-aalaga sa may sakit,” Pineda said.
Pineda even appeared in a video presentation shown during the SONA, where she stated where the Sin Tax goes, majority of which is used for PhilHealth coverage such as in Pampanga.
“P400 million ang ginagastos ng probinsiya para pantulong sa mga may sakit. Pero nang magkaroon ng Sin Tax, binago iyung package. Imagine iyung P400 million na savings na pumupunta para sa mga birthing stations at health centers,” the governor pointed out.
Pineda added that about 85 percent of Kapampangans now have PhilHealth coverage.
PNoy and Pineda are not known as close political allies; Pineda is from the local party KAMBILAN, a coalition composed of National Unity Party, Lakas-CMD, Nationalist People’s Coalition and United Nationalist Alliance.
In 2013 elections, Pineda won via landslide against the Liberal Party’s bet, former governor Ed Panlilio.
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