On March 27th 2014, an award for outstanding administrator in education was given to PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising, by Vullop Phringphong – Director-General of the Department of Local Administration (DLA), in Bangkok. Chief Executive Advisor – Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, Council Chairperson – Pradit Saengchan, Council Members, officials and staff of PPAO were also present at the awards ceremony.
Awardees of the program were selected by DLA, who work in collaboration with the Foundation for the Welfare of Needy Schoolchildren under Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen.
For the year 2013, ten outstanding administrators in the area of education were chosen from different provincial administrative offices nationwide. They were:
1. Paiboon Upattising from PPAO
2. Kritha Chotiwitpipat, Mayor of Tambon Wichit, Phuket
3. Sunirand Ratchatapruek, Mayor of Cherng Talay, Phuket
4. Prasit Baesakul, Mayor of Satun City, Satun
5. Banjong Kositjeeranant, Mayor of Mueang Roi Et, Roi Et
6. Wanchai Jonsuthamanee, Mayor of Nakorn Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai
7. Pongsak Tangwanichapong, Chief of PAO Khon Kaen, Khon Kaen
8. Uten Lopanich, Mayor of Tambon Huadong, Uttradit
9. Burin Thanaudomnan, Mayor of Mueang Klung, Nontaburi
10. Peeradech Leenoi, Mayor of Tambon Bang Toey, Phang Nga
Mr Paiboon said that although PPAO has achieved this recognition for its work in the field of education, the office also focuses on tourism, economy, public health, quality of life, environment, politics and administration. PPAO, he said, has a strong policy on transparency – all its transactions can be examined and annual meetings are broadcast.
PPAO has an annual budget of over 1,000 M baht, of which 30% (300 M Baht) is allocated to education. Another 300 M baht is earmarked for public health care. Phuket is the first province of have a public hospital run by Provincial Administrative Organization.
The office also manages its own public transport, now run within the municipality, but is in the process of being expanded to serve all communities throughout the island.
PPAO promotes tourism and works together with TAT and the Phuket Tourist Association to have direct flights to the province. This year alone, 12 M tourists come to Phuket. This signifies a success and collaboration between government and private sectors, said the Chief.
In the area of education, PPAO also received award from the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. PPAO-run Ban Nabon School received recognition from the Moral Promotion Center (Public Organization) for its work on environmental issue. “All these are the success of Phuket province,” concluded the Chief Executive.