EXACTLY a week after the polls, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III thanked Capitol employees and advised them to prepare for changes that would make the Province more efficient and accountable.
The reelected governor and his running mate, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, spoke with the Capitol staff after yesterday morning’s flag-raising ceremony.
“Governor Davide and I are humbled. We are inspired. And with more enthusiasm, we will serve the Cebuano community,” Magpale said.
Another sign of some changes ahead was an initial meeting that Magpale had yesterday afternoon, after the Provincial Board’s regular session, to prepare for the turnover at the end of June.
Tying up loose ends
Seven new members are joining the PB on June 30.
Magpale told reporters that the incoming PB members will be invited to the board’s last session day for this term, June 27, for a smooth turnover.
Davide, Magpale and other incumbent officials have a little over six weeks left to tie up loose ends in this term.
At the flag-raising ceremony, Davide said he learned a lot during a tough campaign, and thanked the Province’s employees for their support in the last three years.
“Now I know that public office and the public trust cannot be bought,” he said.
He advised some workers to change their bad habits or, failing that, “change their habitat instead.”
He said there will be changes in their systems to make the Province’s services more efficient. Davide also said he would be willing to cooperate with and try to gain the trust of elected officials who were not his political allies during the campaign.
“We just want them to support the Provincial Government for the good of the people,” Davide said.
At the PB, preliminary discussions have started on the assignment of committees.
Some PB members have requested for certain committees, Vice Governor Magpale said, “so I told them, ‘Ato planohon og maayo’ (Let’s plan this conscientiously).” She did not name names.
Magpale also said some unfinished business in the PB is one of the major reasons she wants separate meetings in preparation for a smooth turnover.
One of the open committee chairmanships is that of the committee on complaints. It used to be chaired by PB Member Arleigh Sitoy, who later turned it over to PB Member Grecilda Sanchez Zaballero for health reasons.
Both lost last May 16. Sitoy ran for Cordova mayor but lost to his sister Ma Therese Sitoy-Cho. Sanchez ran for congressional representative of Cebu Province’s third district, but lost to the reelected Rep. Gwen Garcia.
The newly elected PB members are lawqyer Raul Bacaltos, Edsel Galeos, Jose Mari Salvador, Jerome Librando, Ma Victoria Corominas, Horacio Franco, and Glen Bercede.
Thadeo Jovito Ouano is replacing his father, the late Thadeo Ouano, in the PB. Yolly Daan is replacing her husband Julian in the Capitol board.
The reelected PB members are Christoper Baricuatro, Miguel Antonio Magpale, Jude Sybico, Alex Binghay, and Sun Shimura.
Ex-officio members who remain in their posts in the Provincial Board are Association of Barangay Councils President Celestino Martinez III and Cebu Councilors’ League President Carmen Durano-Meca. Sweety Detz Conejos, CNU Intern