SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET #1, for P67.589 million (general fund) and P12.090 million (special accounts), was passed on third and final reading by the City Council Wednesday, March 29, 2023. That was not unexpected.
The surprise was that the P15,000 cash due to each City Hall employee, about 5,000 of them, may be released not later than April 5. To a treasury generally noted for delays in paying out money, that would be a record of sort.
Councilor Noel Wenceslao, chairman of the committee on finance, moved for the approval, with the all the members present seconding it. Majority Floor Leader Joy Pesquera tacked on the deadline for cash release.
NO-BANANAS SYNDROME. Last March 8, 2023, Cebu City Council Minority Floor Leader Nestor Archival Sr. was asking Engr. Jonathan Tumulak of the city's Department of Engineering and Public Works on the progress of work on the Cebu City Medical Center's new 10-story building: (1) if there were building plans, as the councilors had been asking for them and none was submitted to the Sanggunian, and (2) if the said plans were complete.