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Rizal Gov. Jun Ynares, a real achiever
By CRISPINA MARTINEZ-BELEN
March 13, 2010, 2:39pm
Gov. Jun Ynares, together with his beauteous wife the former award-winning child actress Andrea Bautista and their two-year-old daughter Cassandra, had an intimate dinner with friends from the entertainment press last Thursday night at Annabel’s Morato. It was not just to catch up with showbiz happenings but it was an occasion for the young and hardworking governor to let his friends know of what he has done for his province.
He is only on his first term as governor of Rizal but already Gov. Ynares (the son of former Gov. Ito Ynares and Gov. Nini Ynares) has achieved a lot to make his province real proud of him. He has amassed awards for his province and himself, one of them his being named by the Department of Health as “Outstanding Local Executive.” Gov. Ynares was particularly cited for his significant role in his government’s Voluntary Blood Donation Program.
DoH-CHD Region IV Director Gerardo Bayugo said in his commendation letter that Gov. Ynares, a doctor by profession, was recognized for his effort in providing safe and adequate supply of blood to poor patients in public hospitals, “through advocacy, recruitment and retention of blood donors from Rizal Province.”
Dr. Bayugo took note of the Provincial Government’s support to DoH’s Voluntary Blood Donation Program. Gov. Ynares is himself a regular blood donor, received the Regional Sandugo Award 2009 at the commemorative celebration of the National Blood Donors Month, held at the One Esplanade in Pasay City.
In a related development, the provincial chief executive also received his “Diploma of Service” from the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC). At the Blood Donors’ Recognition Ceremony held at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, the PNRC West Rizal Branch cited Gov. Ynares for his real definition of volunteerism.
Under his leadership, Rizal has grown and improved impressively, especially in its education, health, development and tax collection programs. For its human development program, the province was bestowed the third straight top plum by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), together with the Philippine Human Development Network (PHDN), the New Zealand Agency for International Assistance (NZAIA) and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
In accepting the award called “Gawad sa Makataong Pag-unlad Para sa mga Lalawigang May Mataas na Kaunlarang Pantao,” Gov. Ynares cited the provincial government personnel for their hard work and commitment towards genuine public service.
The Rizal Government also received recently a Presidential Award from the Philippine Hospital Association (PHA) for steering the health programs in the province to greater heights, despite its limited resources.
Rizal, which has ranked second in the list of the Top 10 Least Poor Provinces in the country based on the latest official poverty statistics, has also posted zero hunger rate and the lowest malnutrition incidents.
Indeed, everyone especially the Rizaleños should take their hats off to Gov. Ynares for steering his province towards progress and development. And if he has been doing well in his job, it is because he draws a lot of inspiration from his wife Andeng (who comes from the famous Revilla clan in showbiz if you didn’t know)and their daughter Cassandra. During our dinner, the governor dotingly fed the charming and energetic girl with her favorite pasta dish.
By the way, Gov. Ynares is seeking reelection as governor of Rizal.