Andales calls Mayor Rama’s attention to ‘anti-Epal’ policy

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Monday, December 23, 2013

CEBU City Councilor Sisinio Andales called on Mayor Michael Rama to stop using his name in activities in Cebu City.

Andales said the use of the mayor’s name in the first midnight marathon at the South Road Properties (SRP) last Dec. 1 is a violation of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2010-101.

The memorandum bans the use of names, initials and images of government officials in billboards and signs of government programs, projects and properties.

The activity that Andales was referring to was called the First Mayor Mike Rama Midnight Run.

“That’s an Epal. Don’t use the name of the public official,” said Andales.

When asked for his comment, Rama was quick to say: “Ipatang-tang nila (Let them remove it).”

Besides, he said, he was not the one who named the event.

Andales criticized the use of the mayor’s name when the midnight run was tackled during one of the council’s regular session.

In the same session, Councilor Richard Osmeña sponsored a resolution to charge against the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) funds the amount of P400,000 to defray the expenses for the event.

The amount was spent on the prizes of the winners of the run, which had a full marathon (42 kilometers), half-marathon (21 kilometers) and a five-kilometer run.

“I have never wanted to promote myself that way. It’s not a problem, I don’t have hang-ups,” said Rama.

While it was Osmeña who asked to charge the expenses to the Pagcor funds, it was G-Concept that came up with the name for the run.

G-Concept is the group that organized the run as part of the opening salvo of the Pasko sa Sugbo at the SRP.

G-Concept president Jeson Guardo said the event will help promote Cebu City and the SRP, which he said is the economic hub of the city.

In his resolution, Osmeña said the midnight run also “intends to promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyle among the people of the City of Cebu.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 24, 2013.

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