THIRTEEN days before he returns to civilian life, Acting Mayor Carlo Fortuna met with the Mandaue City Government’s department heads on Monday morning, June 17.
Fortuna held the meeting to make sure that the officials have prepared the documents that will be given to the new set of city officials, including mayor-elect Jonas Cortes, who will assume their respective offices at noon of June 30, 2019.
He also heard the requests and the city’s problems from the department heads.
Fortuna became the acting mayor last June 5, after outgoing Mayor Luigi Quisumbing went on leave. He is reportedly on a three-week vacation outside of the country.
He said that Quisumbing would attend the turnover ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 28. The outgoing administration will be leaving P3.3 billion in the city’s coffers.
Cortes’s representative, lawyer Giovanni Tianero, witnessed the meeting.
During the dialogue, Fortuna was told about the garbage disposal problem as one of the landfills where the city throws its trash might be closed. This landfill—operated by ARN Central Waste Management Inc. in Barangay Binaliw, Cebu City—has been facing complaints from residents, who claimed they smelled foul odor from the facility.
An official of the firm that runs the landfill, in an earlier report, said that his personnel have addressed the “foul smell” and “swarm of flies” that some people said were caused by the landfill’s operation.
The other matter that was brought up to Fortuna’s attention was about the public market near the City Hall. Its contractor reportedly lagged in completing the structure and it could only accommodate few vendors compared to the existing public market at the back of Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex.
Fortuna also heard about the problem regarding the coastal portion of Barangay Paknaan that teems with mangroves. He was told that there is a need to issue a Temporary Environmental Protection Order to stop a private individual from filling the mangrove area with earth for a housing project.
He was also told about the dilemma of 2,000 job-order employees, whose contract might not be renewed after June 30.
Fortuna promised the department heads to report the problems to the incoming officials. (From FMD of SuperBalita Cebu, KAL)