Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando is the only governor in Central Luzon who was accorded today, Sept. 13, the Special Local Government Unit (LGU) award during Police Regional Office (PRO) 3’s 122nd Philippine National Police (PNP) Service Anniversary celebration at Camp Olivas in City of San Fernando, Pampanga. PNP Chief PGen Benjamin C. Acorda Jr., PRO-3 Director BGen Jose Hidalgo Jr. and other police officials presented his award to a Bulacan Provincial Government representative. Photo by Anton Luis Catindig

CITY OF MALOLOS –Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando is now on his way to full recovery and is expected to go back to work in full swing after few days of quality rest two days after he was rushed to a hospital due to exhaustion, over fatigue and dehydration.

Thenie F. Ramirez- Bautista, Fernando’s sister and the Bulacan Provincial Public Affairs Office (PPAO) confirmed on Wednesday that the governor is now in better condition.

The governor was rushed to a hospital on Monday night after he failed to deliver his message when he was called on stage as guest of honor and speaker on the “Salamat Bulacan” Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) community event at the Capitol Gymnasium in this city as part of the weeklong Sept. 8-15 Sining Kalinangan ng Bulacan (Singkaban) Festival.

He smiled and tried his best to say something but he could not go on. He pointed towards his chest and then waved his hand and called on stage Vice Gov. Alex Castro. He leaned on him and whispered to him. The vice governor could not similarly say anything and just tightly embraced the governor and led him towards the backstage. 

A viral video of that moment had spread out since yesterday, describing the governor to have suffered from a stroke. 

On Sunday, other than the daily Singkaban activities and his paper works in the Capitol, he attended a 5:00 am program at Bulacan Sports Complex with DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. 

Bulakenyos have all been worried and many have started to cry and prayed for his immediate recovery.

“He is okay. He just had an over fatigue,” Bautista told NEWS CORE referring to a statement they issued in the social media account of Damayang Filipino Movement Inc, the non-government organization health group of the governor and his family. 

Dr. Berwyn Flores, Fernando’s cardiologist, said the governor’s “irregular gestures at the event was due to exhaustion, over fatigue and dehydration,” the PPAO statement said. 

Fernando has been unrelentlessly conducting relief operations to flood victims in different towns and cities brought by typhoon Egay, Habagat, Falcon and high tide where he talked for 30-45 minutes in every distribution in each barangay advising and encouraging residents to care for the environment to help abate flooding and environmental degradation. 

The governor has send his appreciation to all who have prayed for him and those who wished him well, both the public and his fellow public servants. 

“Fernando expressed deep gratitude for the well wishes, prayers and messages of concern from his family, friends, fellow public servants and Bulacan citizens. His doctors advised him to undergo medical work ups to ensure his overall good health,” the PPAO statement said. 

Flores hailed the governor for carrying out his public duties “without disruption”. He assured Bulakenyos that the governor is expected to come back in full swing after a few days of adequate rest.