Capitol to renovate offices of PB members

INCOMING Cebu Provincial Board (PB) members will have their offices renovated once they assume their post on July 1.

Provincial Engineer Hector Jamora said that so far, they have received requests to remodel five rooms in the third and fourth floors of the legislative building.

The project, which will cost the Province at least P858,106.20, will be implemented by Jamora’s office.

This will be sourced from the budget of the Office of the Vice Governor.

Among the offices to be renovated are that of the Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC), the Provincial School Board (PSB) and PB Member Antonio Miguel Magpale, all on the third floor and the PB Record Room 2 on the fourth floor.

The Vice Governor’s office still has to receive more requests for renovation of the offices of other incoming PB members.

The PB recently passed the Province’s third supplemental budget worth P231,628,000.

An item for furniture, fixtures and communication equipment worth P2.220 million is allocated for the vice governor’s office, on top of the P26.886 million legislative assistance fund (LAF).

But the Commission on Audit (COA) recently disallowed the distribution of LAF to legislators.

Records further showed that the allocation for PB Member Magpale’s room is P67,616.45, while the renovation of the offices of the PWC and the PSB will cost P463,287.75.

These offices will be used by incoming PB Members Edcel Galeos and Jose Mari Salvador (Cebu Province, 2nd District).

The renovation of PB Member Arleigh Sitoy’s room will cost P250,000.

This will be occupied by incoming PB Member Glen Bercede of the sixth district.

According to the provincial engineer’s plan, the renovation of the PB Record Room will cost P77,202.

PB Member Jovito “Jonkie” Ouano of the sixth district will use the office of his late father PB member Teddy Ouano.

“Repairs have started since last week,” said Ouano, in a text message, adding that the repair was scheduled when his father was still alive but it was delayed.

Incoming PB Member Victoria “Tata” Corominas of the third district will take the office of outgoing PB Member Grecilda Sanchez.


Corominas said she will have the room repainted using her personal money.

“I will wait until I assume office in July, kay maikog pud ta sa incumbent whose term will end on June 30 yet,” Corominas said in a text message.

PB Member Christopher Baricuatro (Cebu, 7th district) will remain in his original room, while incoming PB Member Jerome Librando will take the room of outgoing PB Member Peter John Calderon, who was elected congressman of that district.

Incoming PB Member Yolly Daan of the first district will take her husband PB Member Julian Daan’s room.

For his part, incoming Cebu PB Member Raul Bacaltos of the first district will take the room of outgoing PB Member Raul Alcoseba.

Incoming PB Member Horacio “Raci” Franco III (Cebu, 4th district) will take the room of outgoing PB Member Joven Mondigo Jr.

PB Members Magpale, Alex Binghay, Sun Shimura, Jude Thaddeus Sybico and Celestino Martinez III will remain in their respective rooms.

A soon-to-be elected Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL) Cebu chapter president is yet to take the place of incumbent PB Member Carmen Durano-Meca and will use her office.

Meca has been tasked to head the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission.

Meanwhile, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale’s Isuzu Altera service vehicle, which was acquired last Dec 19, 2007, has undergone 37 repairs. It has been booked at the Capitol motor pool.

The vehicle was issued to then vice governor Greg Sanchez and has since been turned over to Magpale since she replaced him in May 2011.

Capitol records showed that the cost of its repairs totaled P1.47 million, which is almost the same price (P1.752 million) when it was purchased.

The Province has allocated at least P28 million to buy new vehicles for Gov. Hilario Davide III, the vice governor and the 16 Provincial Board members.

The amount will be charged to the Office of the Governor.

Two Isuzu SUV vehicles at P1.856 million each were already delivered to Davide and the vice governor, prior to full payment.

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