Councilors bicker over donation of refrigerators

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

“WHY are we giving principals refrigerators?”

This was the question posed by some members of the Cebu City Council when Councilor Jose Daluz III proposed resolutions for Mayor Michael Rama to sign the deed of donation of some equipment to four different schools.

The beneficiaries are the Cebu Technological University (CTU), Abellana National School (ANS), Guadalupe Elementary School, and Pardo National High School (day and night).


The items include box-type refrigerators, steamers and bed pads, which the Japanese Government donated and have been in storage for years.

“What's the use?” asked Councilor Rodrigo Abellanosa.

“There must be some use to that because they requested it,” answered Daluz, who later surmised it could be for the principals.

“Unsa may lutoon (What are they going to cook)?” asked Councilor Augustus Pe Jr., referring to the steamers.

The uses, though, were all noted in the draft deed of donation that only Councilor Margarita Osmeña was able to read.

For CTU, the four refrigerators and four steamers will be used in the university clinics, while the 10 bed pads will be for judo and taekwondo exercises.

In ANS, four refrigerators and two steamers, as well as a book shelf, will be used in the clinic and home economics rooms while 13 bed pads will be made cushions for judo and taekwondo exercises.

Guadalupe will have the same uses for four refrigerators, four steamers and 19 bed pads.

Pardo only asked for two refrigerators, but one will be for the Guidance Counselor's Office, while the other unit will be for the Technical and Livelihood Education.

“So it is clear, it will not be used by the principal as earlier suggested,” said Abellanosa.

But Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young noted, “We cannot have a refrigerator in the guidance counselor's office. We have to control distribution. It is impractical for the guidance counselor to have a refrigerator. This will set a trend.”

Daluz, though, explained it is not up to the Council to decide who will be the beneficiaries of the donation of the items.

Daluz said the mayor has the authority to assign items that are considered property of the mayor.

Besides, the equipment has been in storage for a long time.

The purpose of the deed of donation is simply to put the burden on the schools as far as maintenance is concerned. The deed of donation was the suggestion of the General Services Office.

“Can the executive undertake action without authority from the Council? What is the use of this august body?” asked Pe.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 17, 2012.

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