Koronadal City—The Provincial Government of South Cotabato is ready to produce more doctors and bridge the decreasing number of medical practitioners in the country, as Sen. Francis Tolentino asked Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr during the latter’s visit to the 24th Tnalak Festival.
“Please include in your efforts na magkaroon ng maraming doktor. Let us establish medical schools to produce doctors that will ensure the health of our constituents,” Tolentino said.
According to Tolentino, 40 percent of the medical doctors in the country are retiring. The Philippines needs at least 114,000 doctors.
“Tulungan natin ang ating mahal na gobernador na makabuo ng tamang tela ng kaalaman,” Tolentino announced. He added, “What we are witnessing is only the anniversary celebration but the vision of unity in the province. You have a common thread of aspirations. Ito ang sinulid ng pagkakaisa.” the senator explained.
The pattern, he said, is inspired on the distinct weaving traditions of making vibrant progress and masterpiece of resilience.
South Cotabato Kabugwason Paglaum Scholarship Program has produced six doctors.
In his festival speech, Gov. Tamayo said the one voice of South Cotabato represents cooperation that unites everyone.
“Matagal ko ng sinasabi na ang cooperation ng lahat ang kailangan natin upang tayo ay umunlad,” the governor said.
Meanwhile, Vice Governor Arthur Pingoy, Jr. shared that this year’s Tnalak Festival is of becoming a stronger South Cotabato amidst the aftermath of the pandemic.
“We are survivors of the pandemic, and we emerged stronger!”
Officials of South Cotabato and Sen. Tolentino official opened the weeklong celebration of the Tnalak Festival at the South Cotabato Sports Complex today. One hundred thirty-five government line agencies, local businesses, organizations, fraternities, and local government units joined the opening ceremony to welcome the festivity.