TIME clock workers could be the best description for the Lapu-Lapu City Hall regular employees who were transferred to Olango Island—they punch in when it is time to report to work, and they punch out when it is time to go home.
For the rest of the day, they have no work at the “mini city hall” in Barangay Talima, according to Rolando Duero, former General Services Office head during the time of then mayor Paz Radaza, who is now a legislator representing the city’s lone district in the House.
In an interview with reporters, Duero said he and his colleagues at the Olango office have nothing to do as the office is not functioning.
Duero said he requested Mayor Junard Chan to reinstate him at the City Hall on several occasions, promising he would support his programs. However, the mayor, he claimed, repeatedly ignored his pleas.
If he could not go back to work at City Hall, Duero said he might write a letter to the Civil Service Commission to report his situation.
Duero and his fellow employees have to cross the sea to get to work every day.
Aside from Duero, there are seven employees from other departments who were reassigned to the mini city hall.
Duero said he is still receiving his salary, but he often feels guilty about having no work to do at the mini city hall. His salary, he said, is from the taxpayers.
“Unfair ni sa taxpayers kay wa man mi gitrabaho (This is unfair to the taxpayers as we are doing nothing here),” Duero said.
Contradicting Duero, Chan said he has a plan for the mini city hall; he wants it to be fully functional so the personnel could serve his constituents in Olango.
The mayor said he transferred Duero because the latter, as a former GSO chief, is capable of running the extension office.
“He is needed in the island. He needs to focus on the needs of the residents and make the recommendations to me,” Chan said in a mix of Cebuano and English. FROM GCM OF SUPERBALITA CEBU / KAL