MAKING City Hall employees wear the shirts printed with the words “Suya Ra ang Probinsya (SRP)” on board a float during Sunday’s Sinulog grand parade does not affect Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.
An obvious taunt to Capitol, the governor, who is at odds with Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, said that it’s a petty move.
Members of the mayor’s management team (MMT) will be the ones wearing their shirts.
“It does not matter how we feel. Malipay ba mi, mahibong ba mi, nakatawa ba mi, giluod ba mi. It does not matter. What really matters is how the Sto. Niño and the Cebuano public might feel,” she told reporters.
The Sinulog, she believes, is an event that is “supposed to be beyond our personal pettiness, our political divisions.” She added that it is an event that is supposed to unite Cebuanos because Cebu continues to enjoy the blessings and the protection of the Senior Sto. Niño.
Garcia said that her participation in the Sinulog dance was made as a means of attacking her. The Sinulog dance, she said is beyond any political allusions because she has been doing this in thanksgiving for the continued blessings and protection of the Se. Sto. Niño.
She will also ask the Sto. Niño for continued guidance for all servant leaders of the Province of Cebu.
Garcia also reacted to environmentalists’ call to “walk the talk” in her concerns for the environment and advised them to research before talking.
She reacted to a statement in a newspaper report that she should be honest to protect the environment and her dancing in the Sinulog is not all about PR (press relations) work.
She also asked the environmentalists to step outside the borders of Cebu City and go to the province and the barangays so they can see the environmental projects of Capitol.
She cited projects like setting-up of materials recovery facility and clustering of towns for coastal management and marine resources.
She also mentioned the eGwen program that challenges all barangays and towns to maintain a clean and healthy environment for each of their respective local government units.
“I am not only walking the talk, I’m running the talk. But for them, my suggestion is do their homework. Research first before they talk,” she added.
Garcia also posed a challenge for them to look at the Inayawan dumpsite that has been causing toxic fumes.
“Did they do something about it? Smell the fumes. That might jolt them back to reality,” she added.