LAWYER Regal Oliva has been appointed as permanent Mandaue City treasurer, after four years of serving as acting city treasurer.

He received his appointment from the Department of Finance (DOF) last Monday and took his oath before Mayor Jonas Cortes last Friday.

“It’s a long-awaited appointment,” said Oliva, who served as acting city treasurer since January 2011.

Previous stints

DOF Secretary Cesar Purisima signed Oliva’s appointment last March 10 yet.

Barangay captains witnessed Oliva’s oath-taking in the Mayor’s Office, as did his mother, former Cebu City treasurer Ofelia Oliva.

With his appointment as permanent city treasurer, Oliva said he no longer has to renew his post every six months.

Since 2011, he had to seek renewal of his designation from the executive director of the Bureau of Local Government Finance, an attached agency of the DOF.

Before serving as acting city treasurer, Oliva was designated acting assistant treasurer in 2008, then appointed as assistant treasurer in 2010.

Achievement

Oliva has led efforts to raise tax collection through tax mapping innovations.

The City increased its tax revenues from P600 million in 2008 to P1.5 billion in 2013.

Oliva also spearheaded the amendment of the City Revenue Code.

During the City’s 45th Charter Day celebration last year, he was awarded as Department Head of the Year.

Oliva is now leading the effort to get an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) accreditation for key City Hall offices.