Espinoza: Doable or not?

As the joke goes, “dreaming is free.”It has been almost a hundred days since June 30, 2022 when Cebu City Mayor Michael “Mike” Rama took his oath of office. During his inaugural speech, the city mayor envisions achieving a Singapore-like Cebu City. While I’m delighted by Mayor Rama’s plans of improving the image of the […]

EXPLAINER: Mayor Mike Rama wants Cebu City to become ‘Singapore-like.’ No specifics yet on goal and method. And there’s a ‘huge roadblock’: the City is cash-strapped. BOPK may ask again, more vigorously this time, ‘Do we have money for this?’

THE HEADLINES. Headlines of newspapers and news sites said it loudly enough: At the June 30 oath-taking of Cebu City Mayor Michael “Mike” Rama, he “envisions a Singapore-like city,” his “goal: make Cebu City second to none.”Since then, the mayor has been repeating the phrase “Singapore-like city,” such as when he appealed to his political […]

Ex-Naga, Cebu mayor appointed tourism assistant secretary

ANOTHER Cebuana is joining the Department of Tourism (DOT) as a high-ranking official.Lawyer and former City of Naga, southern Cebu mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong-Genegobis was appointed as the DOT’s Assistant Secretary for Special Concerns.Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco formally administered the oath of office to Genegobis on Tuesday, August 1, 2022.Genegobis is the fifth Cebuano […]

Cordova mayor questions presence of ‘expired’ goods at town evac center

PERISHABLE goods provided by the Cebu Provincial Government were reportedly left to expire in Cordova’s evacuation center in Barangay Gabi.This was what Cordova Mayor Cesar “Didoy” Suan disclosed after he conducted an ocular inspection at the Cordova Evacuation Center on Thursday, July 28, 2022.Suan said he has ordered an investigation to determine why the piles […]

EXPLAINER: Cebu City cites lower bid in picking Docast and JJ  for P383M  2021  garbage deal  even though  ‘unqualified.’   Carcar City says lands were low-priced even though seller was then VM  Nice Apura.  COA says law, rules can’t be violated to get low cost.      

IN TWO reports involving the 2021 spending of two Cebu local governments, among the audits released this week, the Commission on Audit (COA) struck down the two local government units’ (LGUs) argument that lower price of procured goods or services justifies the selection of a contractor or supplier even though it is not qualified.[1] Cebu […]

EXPLAINER: COA findings were long preceded by questions of Mayor Rama, Sanggunian on defects of P383.5M Cebu City garbage contract. Rama gave ‘ultimatum’ in June 2021 to Docast and JJ.

COA’S REPORT ON GARBAGE DEAL. The Commission on Audit (COA) report on Cebu City’s spending in 2021 — first news-broken by media specialist Max T. Limpag — includes the finding that there were “several indications of irregularities” in the procurement and project implementation of the P383.531 million purchase order for the services of two companies […]

Acting mayor asks PNP to evaluate documents first before providing aid for any demolition in Cebu City

CEBU City Acting Mayor Raymond Garcia has asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to be “very circumspect” and verify legal documents first before providing assistance to demolition or eviction activities in the city.Garcia sent a letter to Police Regional Office-Central Visayas Director Brig. Gen. Roque Vega on Monday, July 18, 2022, informing the latter that […]

New, old leaders take oath of office

Here are some highlights of the oath-taking ceremonies organized by incoming officials in Cebu just before they formally assumed office on July 1, 2022:NEW LAPU REP. Lapu-Lapu City Lone District Rep. Maria Cynthia “Cindi” Chan (center) says her oath of office before Regional Trial Court Lapu-Lapu City Executive Judge Joseph Stephen Ignacio during the city’s […]

Returning Consolacion mayor vows more jobs, business opportunities

THE returning mayor of Consolacion town, northern Cebu has vowed to boost jobs, revenues and business opportunities for her constituents.This was the promise of Teresa “Nene” Alegado during her swearing-in ceremony at the town’s gymnasium on Saturday, June 25, 2022.In her inaugural speech, Alegado showcased her blueprint for the development of Consolacion.Some of the projects […]

Seares: Markets chief Raquel Arce apologizes to Councilor Archival multiple times for her ‘harsh’ words. P1.2B extra budget ‘on bullet train’; move to delay City Council special session foiled.

TO DELAY SESSION OR NOT. A special session of the Cebu City Council called by Mayor Mike Rama Friday, June 24 approved to refer to the committee on finance supplemental budget #2 for P1.2 billion. That sailed through quickly but the question whether the special session would be improper if not illegal — because it […]

Seares: Why ex-‘usec’ Josephus Gimenez declined Mayor Rama’s job offer: ‘We don’t support the same president.’ People expect more from a garbage czar.

‘WITH RESPECT & POLITELY.’ A May 27, 2022 message of Atty. Josephus B. Gimenez to his companera and friend, retired Court of Appeals associate justice Portia Alino-Hormachuelos, was posted on Facebook thus: “With due respect & politely, I declined an offer to work in government again. I opted to serve the people through an NGO […]

Gullas’ winning slate takes oath

THE winning slate of Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr. has been formally sworn in as the newly elected officials of the city in an event held on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Talisay City Hall.After a Holy Mass, reelected councilors Ferdinand Rabaya, Ofelia Ylanan, Rodolfo Cabigas, Manuel Cabriana, Gail Restauro and Lester […]