LINGAYEN—The Employees Wellness Center of the province opened last Monday March 20, with Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., together with Vice-Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr. leading the inauguration of the center located inside the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center here.
The blessing and inauguration took place right after the first flag raising ceremony led by the province’s top two officials following their sweet victory against their opponents during the recently-concluded mid-term elections last May 13.
Gov. Espino and Vice-Gov. Calimlim were joined by the department heads and employees of the provincial government who are the beneficiaries of the wellness center complete with gym equipment and spa facilities.
After inspecting the various equipment and facilities, Gov. Espino tried the treadmill.
The fitness gym and spa will be opened to all employees of the provincial government of Pangasinan regardless of employment status.
Services available include massage and reflexology, fitness gym, sauna and aerobics/zumba dance exercise.
It will be recalled that in 2011, the prov’l gov’t through the Human Resources Management and Development Office conceptualized the Health Risk Management Program and organized the Healthy Habit Club.
HRMO Chief Janet Asis said the program is a health and wellness program which intends to provide privileges to provincial employees to enable them avail of various health services to ensure that they achieve optimum level of fitness and wellness and prevent the incidence of disease among the workforce.
The following year, in 2012, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved Provincial Ordinance No. 168-2012 institutionalizing the Employees’ Health and Wellness Program of the province.
The program is specifically designed to promote the health and well being of the employees, encourage their participation and establish ownership of the program.
After the program was institutionalized, Asis said that all provincial employees have become automatic members of the health program which is in tune with Gov. Espino’s advocacy to transform Pangasinan as the “home of healthiest Filipinos.” (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)