Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Cagayan De Oro
Pachico A. Seares
EXPLAINER: Does Cebu City need bike lane patrollers? Sanggunian approves P1.7M back wages although councilors question the hiring. In 2021, CCTO asked, Where are the 120 marshals?
September 15, 2022
EXPLAINER: Chances of 3 more Cebu towns becoming component cities and a congressional district being split. Bills filed in House by Lagon couple, Duke Frasco, PJ Garcia, Rhea Gullas. Requirements eased on population, land area but not income.
August 30, 2022
EXPLAINER: What’s wrong with ‘Lapu-Lapu’ having a hyphen? Must the international airport be named after the Mactan hero as well? Chan, Del Mar bills filed in new Congress raise the issue of disturbing 50-year-old names.
August 25, 2022
EXPLAINER: Special coordinating body for Mega/Metro Cebu in separate bills of Cutie del Mar, Edu Rama. Who will lead? Legislated rules may remove old roadblock: Cebu City feeling superior to other LGUs.
August 24, 2022
EXPLAINER: Would Councilor de los Santos revise tag on Cebu City P50M grant to Luzon LGUs as ‘misplaced display of charity”? Balance of disaster fund is P201M, not P8M as earlier claimed by minority leader Archival. Without standards though, how much is too much?
August 19, 2022
EXPLAINER: Cebu City Council asks mayor to fill regular positions. Garganera scores lack of technical people at Cenro. Gealon says city legal office ‘bombarded’ with Civil Service cases. COA’s 2021 audit slams 2,320 vacant plantilla posts, 3,740 casual workers at City Hall.
August 18, 2022
EXPLAINER: Cebu City Council OKs P50-million aid to quake-struck local governments in Luzon. Amid questions of haste, wrong document and wisdom in giving away funds, the City itself has to cope with its share of disasters.
August 13, 2022
EXPLAINER: Cebu City Council passes 2,500 resolutions a year but councilors don’t know if those are answered or ignored. Suggested: contempt power, liaison officer, legislative tracking.
August 11, 2022
EXPLAINER: Mayor Mike Rama wants Cebu City to become 'Singapore-like.' No specifics yet on goal and method. And there's a 'huge roadblock': the City is cash-strapped. BOPK may ask again, more vigorously this time, 'Do we have money for this?'
August 09, 2022
EXPLAINER: NBI is probing possible fraud on garbage service, which costs Cebu City P348M-P400M a year. City Council suspects overpayment. COA finds flaws in weighing tons of trash. City Hall has to correct defects of a system where contractors may be overpaid or illegally paid.
August 04, 2022
Seares: Only one photo - Mrs. Malou Rama talking with dept. heads - was used to show she was presiding over meeting... Mahjong is harmless, says 'Maid in Malacañang' director who apparently doesn't fear deluge of Cebu nuns' prayers.
August 02, 2022
Seares: 2 House deputy speakers -- Duke Frasco, Raymond Mendoza -- are from Cebu, repeating 2007-2010 record of Pablo Garcia, Raul del Mar. Among 8 Cebuano deputy speakers so far, 3 are Garcias.
July 29, 2022
Seares: The word that Councilor Alcover’s resolution misspelled. No queen or king in Cebu City Council. NBI’s ‘command case.’
July 28, 2022
EXPLAINER: COA has no specific finding of overprice in Cebu City's 2021 Covid spending. But it flags LGU 'violations' of rules and law on rice, packed meals. How would Sanggunian minority use COA report?
July 26, 2022
EXPLAINER: Mayor Rama opposes water rates hike decided by MCWD board, which ruling party Barug filled. But it's LWUA that OK's increase, not mayor or City Council. Mike, councilors may insist only on public hearing and pricing based on law.
July 15, 2022
Seares: Lapu-Lapu City cleared on COA questions on hazard pay, affirmed on supplier's qualification? COA 'full report' doesn't say yet on first, disputes claim on second.
July 14, 2022
Seares: Presidential assistants before GMA's Felix Guanzon include FVR's Rhett Pelaez, Erap's Marcel Fernan. Arroyo had three, including Tito Oppus. Mayor Mike says he trusts Marcos 'tack' on fate of OPAV.
July 13, 2022
Seares: OPAV shut down since June 30. Marcos administration still has to decide on liaison office in Cebu. GMA had one, Noynoy didn't, Duterte's covered entire Visayas. BBM? 'Di mansiguro magbutang...'
July 12, 2022
EXPLAINER: Why Tomas Osmeña's cyber-libel lawsuit vs Jun Alcover failed. Mayor in 2019 sued councilor, when (1) the FB post wasn't libelous per se and (2) correction or clarification would've worked too. But then Alcover, in 2016, also sued Tomas.
July 11, 2022
EXPLAINER: Creating Mactan province isn't quite the 2007 Sugboak, not in scale or motive. But to defenders of a One Cebu, nothing carved out of the existing island-with-islands is small or insignificant.
July 07, 2022
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