Guv, Talisay City mayor identify challenges, achievements-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III recalled the challenges he faced during his first 100 days in office and listed the stakeholders’ summit he set last Oct. 3 among his accomplishments.
Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes, on the other hand, included the opening of a pharmacy at City Hall among his achievements in his first 100 days in office.
On Aug. 16, barely two months since Davide assumed office on July 1, two vessels collided at Lauis Ledge off Talisay City.
The accident claimed the lives of more than 100 passengers and crew of mv St. Thomas Aquinas ferry.
Davide presided over the Incident Management Team, created to oversee search, rescue
and recovery of the Aquinas passengers and crew.
Inputs from the stakeholders’ summit, on the other hand, reinforced Davide’s programs.
The governor’s priorities include health care, food security and tourism.
Stakeholders, on other hand, proposed health, agriculture, education, infrastructure and good governance as the Provincial Government’s priorities.
Davide said in an interview that the summit was one of his campaign promises.
He also listed the executive agenda workshops among his accomplishments.
The governor said his challenges included having to deal with outsourced personnel and casual employees.
“Of course, we also have to place our staff in different offices to fill the vacancies,” Davide said.
“Daghan pa kaayong mga challenges ang atong giatubang. Ato ning atubangon gyud di ta molihay (There are many challenges and we have to face all of them),” Davide said.
He said he also promoted transparency and accountability in the Provincial Government.
Meanwhile, de los Reyes said the pharmacy, which sells affordable medicines, is one
the promises he made during the campaign period.
He also implemented the Adopt Talisaynon Program, one of his flagship projects, which aims to provide employment to poor residents by encouraging businesses to hire residents.
The mayor said that from July to September this year, 59 Talisay City residents got hired by a department store under the Adopt Talisaynon program.
He said more jobs are expected as he also got the cooperation of other business establishments.
De los Reyes said a businessman has also expressed interest in investing in a new public market in Tabunok.
He said City Hall will not spend a cent as the new market will be built under the Build-Operate-Transfer scheme.
He said he hopes the City Council will approve the project. The investment will address the plight of vendors who want to return to Tabunok, he added.
In another development, Ramil Abing, the governor’s chief-of-staff, revealed that Davide only received his salary for July to September last Tuesday.
Abing said Davide’s salary was only recently released because the governor’s oath of office document got stuck at the Office of the Executive Secretary.
Davide took his oath of office on June 13 in front of President Benigno Aquino III.
The oath of office document is the basis for preparing the governor’s payroll.
Based on the provincial accounting office's record, Davide gets a salary of around P78,000 a month; P2,000 as emergency relief allowance; and P11,000 as representation and transportation allowance for one month.
The governor, like any government employee, is supposed to get his salary on the 15th and 30th of every month.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 10, 2013.