Opposition commends guv’s work

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SOME public officials who heard his first annual report yesterday commended Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III for making some progress despite the calamities that hit the province in 2013.

“As a member of the Provincial Board (PB), I’m really proud of our new governor, ang iyang agi (what he has done), despite sa calamities,” said PB Member Sun Shimura.

He said he was satisfied with the overall progress in the recovery of towns in northern Cebu that suffered the most in the province when typhoon Yolanda struck last Nov. 8.


The resiliency of Cebuanos and the private sector’s massive contributions in the effort to rebuild after Yolanda were among the points Governor Davide when he delivered yesterday afternoon his Report to the People.

Despite three calamities that struck Cebu in 2013, “the governor still managed to provide significant assistance to hospitals and farmers, especially in our district,” said Shimura, who represents the fourth district.

PB Member Joven Mondigo Jr. said that aside from the rehabilitation efforts after Yolanda, what he also appreciated about the governor’s first year was the decision to hire medical personnel, instead of outsourcing health services.


Mondigo said he observed that regular doctors tend to be more careful and ensure continuity in health services, than those hired under the outsourcing program.

Like Shimura, Mondigo belongs to the One Cebu Party, which had fielded Davide’s rival in the May 2013 elections, former congressman Pablo John Garcia.

Aside from the Capitol’s department heads and officials, 24 mayors, Rep. Wilfredo Caminero (Cebu Province, second district) and Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas (Cebu Province, first district) attended the governor’s Report to the People yesterday afternoon.

Among his announcements was a plan to ask the PB to allocate P1 million for each local government to pursue the Farmer-Scientist Training Program, for higher farm yields.

Boy Dondoniano, president of the Farmers Integrated Development Association, said he was happy that the Province’s administration gave opportunities to farmers.


“Akong nakita nga nagsugod na og semento sa kalsada sa bukid-bukid, pero usahay ihunong. Maayo sad nga naa siya’y mga plano, mas maayo nga naa tay paabuton kay sa wala (I have seen some road concreting projects in the mountains, but sometimes these are stopped. It’s good that the governor has plans for us; it’s better to have something to look forward to),” said Dondoniano, who lives in Pinamungahan town.

Naga City Mayor Val Chiong was interested in what the governor planned for the former Balili property, which the Capitol bought for around P98 million when Gwendolyn Garcia (now congresswoman of the third district) was still governor.

Governor Davide said he would not allow any coal ash to be dumped in the property, which was one of the former administration’s possible revenue-raising activities for the former resort.

Chiong, who is allied with the Alayon Party, said he hoped the legal case involving the former Balili property would be resolved soon.

If it is declared a foreshore area, then it would belong to the City, he said.

“Nalipay mi nga daghan siyang kinabuhi nahikap (I am happy that the governor has touched a lot of lives). Hopefully there will be more and these will redound to services,” he added.

Tabuelan Mayor Rex Gerona, a One Cebu Party member, declined a request for an interview after the governor’s report.

Task Force Paglig-on deputy head Carmen Ulanday welcomed the governor’s announcement about the P12.2-billion rehabilitation plan for northern Cebu, which has been endorsed by the presidential assistant for recovery and rehabilitation.

“Once the President approves it, we will know the mechanism for the fund’s release,” Ulanday said.

Ulanday said their role is just to monitor the project.

Renato Olis, a resident of Liloan town who sells food, said he was thankful that the governor allowed vendors like him to make their living right outside the Capitol compound.

“Maayo ra gyod kaayo si Gov kay namaligya mi diha nga wa’y bayad, wa mi abang (He has been good to us; he allowed us to sell here without having to pay rent),” he said. (With Rosedelyn S. Catalan, USJ-R Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 08, 2014.

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