HOW many millions of pesos of taxpayers’ money did former governor now Vice Gov. Hilario Davide III waste during his incumbency? This, following the discovery of the school supplies and first aid kits worth P4.9 million that were not distributed until he stepped down from the Capitol last June 30, 2019.
Imagine school bags and other school supplies that were badly needed by pupils in the province and first-aid kits that would have been of great use in district hospitals and barangay health centers had been left rotting inside the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) and the Capitol’s warehouse since 2017.
How did this happen? Was there neglect in the supervision of the former chief of the General Services Office (GSO)? The governor’s office could not escape responsibility on this matter since the GSO is directly under the executive department.
Not too long ago, books, including those on the history of cities and municipalities in the province, were discovered in a junkyard in Mandaue City after these were sold by an insider at the GSO.
It was also found out that some local and foreign donations for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda were also left to rot inside the CICC. Imagine the injustice committed by Davide against the typhoon survivors. While most of the survivors were dying of hunger and were in dire need of help from private and government sectors, the donations were not distributed.
Also, the Davide administration appropriated P1 million for the landslide victims in the City of Naga last year, but until now the money is still in the Capitol’s coffers. That is why Gov. Gwen Garcia decided to increase the donation to P3 million and ordered the immediate release of the amount.
Another case of total waste of money was the purchase of several shredding machines by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) worth half a million pesos per unit for various local government units’ (LGUs) waste management disposal. But the machines remain idle because the LGUs concerned cannot use the machines because these need a three-phase transformer to operate. The transformer costs P1.2 million each. The LGU cannot afford its installation.
Imagine how much money was wasted for that unstudied purchase? Why did the project initiator purchase the machines without studying first that these needed another electrical component before these could be operated?
During his incumbency, the governor’s division chiefs and trusted men lacked supervision. That was why they abused him. Or he was just too lenient in dealing with them even if he knew that some of them were allegedly committing shenanigans.
From the rigging of project bidding to asking for commissions and other alleged thieveries happened in his administration. But unfortunately, he failed to impose disciplinary action on or just admonished the culprits. To make it short, he was not a good and strong leader. Wala man gani siya’y nahimo sa dihang governor pa siya. Unsa na kaha karong bise na lang siya?
Here’s a request from the Rotary Club of Metro Cebu (RCMC) through their press relations officer, lawyer Eddie Barrita.
Catherine Galvez Cusi, a real estate developer, is set to be inducted as the 41st president of the RCMC at 6 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 10) at the Grand Ballroom of Seda Hotel at the Cebu Business Park. Other officers who will be inducted are Mary Ann Soria, president-elect; engineer Seigfred Sia, vice president; Elcasmer Acedo, secretary; Ma. Presa Aparis, assistant secretary; Molly Resitore, treasurer; Adrian Lee, auditor; and Eddie Barrita, protocol officer.
Club directors who will be inducted are Ernesto Dacay for peace and order; Dr. Wyben Briones for The Rotary Foundation; Dr. Vicente Balbuena for youth; Dr. Jose Flordelis for disaster risk reduction management; lawyer Rodolfo Cabrera as adviser; architect Jonathan Zabate for club administration, basic education and literacy; Florita Hall for international affairs and ways and means; Dr. Josefina Zabate for maternal and child health; Dr. Wilfredo Dublin for disease prevention and treatment; Frank Crijns for economic and community development; Lambert Lim Lam Thai for water and sanitation; and Roberto Tito Pacana, immediate past president.
The RCMC is known for conducting various free medical and dental missions. It is also initiating a project to build one million toilets for poor residents in Metro Cebu who have no toilets. At least 50 of these toilets were built in Jao Island in Bohol. It currently has a feeding program for some 100 malnourished students at the Don Carlos A. Gothong Memorial National High School in Cebu City.