CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama has completed filling up positions that were vacated by resigned department heads with the appointment of the city protocol officer yesterday.

Rama also designated his executive assistant Tony del Mar to temporarily supervise the City’s public information office (PIO). He will be assisted by Cerwin Eviota, a public relations practitioner who will be hired by the mayor as a consultant.

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Both the positions of protocol officer and PIO are coterminous with the term of the city mayor.

Tourism officer

During his news conference yesterday, Rama announced that Cinbeth Orellano of the Cebu City Tourism Office will be the protocol officer in his administration.

Orellano has been handling the Miss Cebu Tourism, Gabii sa Kabilin and other cultural programs of the City Government.

“I already have a protocol officer in the person of Cinbeth Orellano. She has been with the tourism office and she has done pretty well. I even call her Superwoman.

With respect to PIO, it will be supervised in the meantime by my executive assistant. But I would still like to get somebody to handle the PIO permanently,” he said.

The protocol office is responsible for administering ceremonies, programs and the official functions of the City of Cebu.

It also serves as the principal liaison office for national and international relations, especially partner and sister cities and official international organizations.

Tasks

Among the protocol officer’s tasks is to strengthen ties with the City’s 11 sister cities—Kaohsiung City in Taiwan, Haarlemmermeer in the Netherlands, Yeosu City in South Korea, Xiamen in China, Honolulu City in Hawaii, Chula Vista City in California, Seattle City in Washington State, Paramatta City in Australia, Kitchener in Canada, Salinas City in California and Kortrijk in Belgium.

The protocol office, which was vacated recently by Nagiel Banacia, currently has six staff members.