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Sunday, September 29, 2013
THE Yokohama City Government in Japan will donate 10 garbage compactor trucks to the Cebu City Government; however, the city will have to pay around P8.65 million for the freight and delivery of the trucks.
If the City buys new garbage trucks, it will have to shell out, based on previous purchases, more than P2 million for each truck.
In the City Council’s recent regular session, Councilor James Cuenco filed a resolution allowing the P8.65 million to be charged to the City’s Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) funds to expedite the shipment and delivery of the trucks.
Cebu City gets at least P4 million from Pagcor every month for hosting the casinos the latter operates.
In his one-page proposed resolution, Cuenco invoked the revised guidelines for the use of Pagcor funds.
He said these state that projects and programs chargeable to Pagcor funds are those that involve the delivery of basic health services, including the improvement of facilities and the acquisition of needed equipment as well as services necessary for the effective implementation of the City’s solid waste management and clean and green program, among others.
The council referred Cuenco’s resolution to the committee on laws, headed by Councilor Sisinio Andales, and the committee on budget and finance, headed by Councilor Margarita Osmeña, for report and recommendation.
Acting City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas has already issued a certification that the City has funds to shoulder the freight cost.
City Protocol Office Chief Ryan Echevarria hopes the council will approve the release of funds soon.
He said the Yokohama City Government requested Cebu City to remit the reconditioning and international transportation fees last Aug. 31 yet.
The donation is in line with the memorandum of undertaking Yokohama signed with the City Government in April last year.
The undertaking provides, among others, that Yokohama will help Cebu City manage its solid waste.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 29, 2013.