CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia visited Carcar City on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 and gave Capitol’s P2.85 million financial aid to the local government unit (LGU), the center of a recent controversy involving unscrupulous vendors of lechon.
Mayor Mercedita Apura received P800,000 for the City. Of the amount, P500,000 is for the City’s socio-cultural activities while P300,000 is for the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo Southern Heritage Trail scheduled this week.
The rest of the financial aid is for the city’s barangays.
A barangay can receive P50,000 up to P500,000, depending on its needs.
Aside from spending for socio-cultural events, a barangay can use it to improve its satellite health center and buy wooden tables, computers, printers, steel tents, light emitting diode (LED) lamp posts and public address system.
The other projects that a barangay can spend on include the purchase of flat screen LED television for primary school; initial construction for a multi-purpose building; solar street lighting; road concreting; and improvement of session hall.
Part of the aid is also for the improvement of Bangkaan Spring in the city.
Meeting lechon vendors
After the turnover of the Provincial Government’s aid to the LGU, the governor visited the stalls of lechon vendors at the public market.
Garcia praised Apura’s decision to shut down four stalls—Mercy Roel, Honeylette Navaja, Arlene Manreal and Loreta Camanero—for operating without mayor’s and sanitary permits, using inaccurate weighing scales, peddling and hawking by sales attendants in the passageway, and selling leftovers or reheated lechon.
Mercy Roel was the subject of a complaint that went viral on Facebook. Its workers reportedly forced a man to purchase its product.