Guv collapses while delivering lengthy ‘first 100 days address’

Provincial board members help Capiz Gov. Fredenil “Oto” Castro to his feet after collapsing while delivering a 2-hour speech at the session hall Monday afternoon. (Capiz Provincial Government Communications Group )
By Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Capiz Governor Fredenil “Oto” Castro collapsed during his lengthy speech marking his first 100 days in office on Monday afternoon, Oct 10, 2022, during the session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP).

Monday’s speech was one of Castro’s first public engagements at the Capitol after being treated for a sciatic illness in September.

Before Monday, he had been working from the Governor’s Mansion.

Castro resumed his 2-hour speech after a brief rest.

According to Atty. Luvim Amores, spokesperson of the provincial government, the governor is now in good condition after he was checked by Dr. Alex Nolasco.

Meanwhile, Castro said his first 100 days in office was successful and productive.

The governor laid down his accomplishments which he had promised during the campaign period.

Among them is releasing the unpaid salaries of workers at the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital (RMPH), reinstatement of 36 job orders and casual workers of the said hospital, and increasing the salaries of nurses from P11,000 to P20,000.

Castro also noted that Capiz was one of the two provinces in Western Visayas with lower number of COVID-19 cases.

He also announced that the long-awaited health facilities for the RMPH would soon be available as it is already included in the 2022 budget.