CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña officially took over City Hall on Thursday, June 30, while 11 elected officials who are members of Team Rama took their oath of office.
Past 3 p.m, Osmeña arrived at City Hall and visited the office of his wife, Councilor Margarita “Margot” Osmeña, who served as acting mayor for more than a month while former mayor Michael Rama was suspended.
She endorsed her accomplishments to him.
In a press conference, Tomas made a stern warning to all City Hall employees that he will be strict in terms of corruption.
“Don’t get caught,” he said.
“I like to send reminders to those who don’t know me. For my very first year as mayor I suspended 400 people, most of them were my appointees,” he said.
He said when thinks of corruption in the City Government, the first department that comes to his mind is the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
He said most of the supplies in the City-operated hospital, such as medicines, had been stolen.
But he said he will give the CCMC a chance to change its image, after he tasked Councilor Mary Ann de los Santos to act as “mayor” of the facility.
“Akong policy ana once you get caught, sports lang ta, once you get caught, out gyod ka (Once you get caught, you’re out. That’s my policy),” he stressed.
While most of the casual employees ended their contracts of service yesterday, Osmeña said several got their notices of appointment, which meant their services were renewed.
But most of them got a one-month contract since they will have to be evaluated first, Tomas said.
“I have the intention to bring down our payroll. It’s very bloated. It’s so politicized and I don’t know what they are doing. For instance, every ambulance has 20 personnel. They can’t even fit inside the ambulance,” he said.
As to the hiring of new employees, the mayor said he still has to determine what and how many the City needs.
Under his administration, Tomas said he will have two priorities that involve housekeeping, or putting things back in order, and building up areas where the City has been doing good.
As this developed, his predecessor challenged his allies in Team Rama who were elected last May to continue fighting for the group’s principles.
“As I finally bow down, all that I request to you, especially those who got reelected, elected and those coming back, to please fight for us. Fight for us and I will repeat, fight for us,” Rama said in a speech before the oath-taking ceremony of elected Team Rama officials held at the Rama Compound in Barangay San Nicolas yesterday.
Rama said the group won as a party, that is why they must fight together for their advocacy, fight for good projects and stand for the true meaning of “service above one’s self.”
Although his term has ended, Rama said he will still be active in public service and will have a role in a Team Rama-dominated City Council.
He said he and former mayor Alvin Garcia will be around for the group, whenever they have problem and they need some people to consult.
Eleven city officials including Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella took their oath of office yesterday before Adlaon Barangay Captain Nieves Narra.