• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Dr. Girlie Pinongan has been designated as officer-in-charge of the Provincial Health Office, as outgoing PHO head Dr. Ernell Tumimbang prepares for his retirement on June this year.
Pinongan is presently the chief of the Capitol Hospital Operations Department.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, in office order number 03-21-0154, series of 2023, said that the designation of Pinongan as PHO officer in charge was in response to the letter of Dr. Tumimbang, who requested for a transition team to be oriented on the different programs and health activities of the PHO.
While Dr. Tumimbang processes documents for retirement, Lacson said the outgoing PHO head offered his availability anytime, should his assistance be needed.
The order of Lacson issued to Dr. Pinongan takes effect April 3 this year.
Prior to her designation as HOD chief and officer in charge of PHO, Pinongan used to the chief of Cadiz District Hospital and Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.
In his letter to Gov. Lacson, Tumimbang earlier said there are lots of concerns that need to be tackled by the transition team, such as the implementation of Universal Health Care act.*