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Town clinic named after late mayor
By: Mylen Manto | Published Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia led the unveiling of the new name of Asturias’ infirmary clinic in Barangay Poblacion on Tuesday, November 10. (Tonee Despojo)

The infirmary clinic of Asturias town, managed by the local government unit, is now named as Alan Adlawan Infirmary Clinic in honor of the late mayor Alan Adlawan.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Asturias Mayor Jose Antonio Pintor led the renaming and unveiling ceremony in Barangay Poblacion on Tuesday, November 10, which is also the birthdate of the late mayor. 

“I would like to congratulate Mayor Anto, Vice Mayor Rene (Yaras), ang Sanggunian for having the decency of realizing that Mayor Alan Adlawan richly deserves this honor. Gipakita ninyo nga mas maka-mao mo mupahimutang og unsay insakto,” Garcia said during her speech.

Pintor said renaming the clinic after the late mayor is appropriate as it was Adlawan who made the infirmary a reality.

Since the infirmary’s operations started in 2013, town residents no longer needed to go to the Cebu Provincial Hospital (CPH) in Balamban town for minor health cases.

Asturias Rural Health Officer and Infirmary Administrator Dr. Rezalde Climaco said that because of Adlawan’s efforts with the help of Garcia who was the governor in 2012, Asturias became the only third-class town in Region 7 to have an infirmary.

He added that in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the infirmary, with three doctos and 14 nurses, was a big help in the decongestion of patients catered in CPH Balamban. 

When asked for a follow-up on the town council’s ordinance on the renaming of the infirmary, 3rd District Provincial Board (PB) Member Atty. John Ismael Borgonia shared that he immediately checked and found out their ordinance was disapproved from the Committee report during the previous administration.

However, they failed to provide the Sangguniang Bayan of Asturias a copy of the decision. 

Because of this, the town’s ordinance was deemed as approved pursuant to the Local Government Code because of the Committee's failure to furnish the council a copy within 30 days from rendering their decision on the matter.

Garcia lauded Adlawan as an epitome of a public servant. Because of his dedication, she did not hesitate to extend assistance when he asked for an infirmary and birthing center for Asturias.

Adlawan served for three terms as mayor of Asturias from 2007 to 2016. He died in 2018 at age 57 during his term as vice mayor due to lung cancer. 

The governor recalled how good the late mayor was as a public servant and as a friend. She shared a photo of her, Adlawan, and the late Ricky Ramirez, former mayor of Medellin town, which was taken seven years ago after typhoon Yolanda hit northern Cebu.

“Seven years ago, 2013, nahinumdum mo unsay nahitabo niadto sa Sugbo? Seven years ago, bagyo, naigo ang northern part of Cebu, mao to ang picture nga akong nakita, si Mayor Alan, ako sa taliwa og ang kanhi mayor sa Medellin si Ricky. Kay adtong adlawa didto mi naabot sa Medellin nagda og hinabang. Typhoon Yolanda man to. Nagdala mig bugas og generator gikan kang Mayor Alan kay ang hilak ni Mayor Ricky ang hinabang kuno gilabyan ra ang Medellin. Mao to naghilak nanawag,” she shared. 

“Adlaw’ng natawhan unta niya pero wa gibali kay gi-una niyag hunahuna ang uban niyang mga kaigsuonang Sugbuanon. Mao kadto si Mayor Alan Adlawan,” she added. (Mylen Manto)