Weird Talisay City Hall setup

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Friday, January 17, 2014

TALISAY City hasn’t been on my radar for weeks. That’s because I thought that the way to assess Mayor Johnny V. de los Reyes’s governance is to allow him to do his thing after he succeeded former mayor and now City Councilor Socrates Fernandez. I criticized his rush to return the vendors from Lagtang to the old public market in Tabunok. But that was it.

Recently, somebody pointed out to me a Facebook group called “Yolanda Wash Out (Sabadistang Kiat),” which specializes on posting criticisms of the JVR administration. The initiator/administrator of the group is unknown. I heard that the mayor was initially peeved by the posts but has learned to ignore the group.

It’s most recent post is a photo of two kids posing for the camera while bathing in the water of the fountain in Plaza Talisay in front of the Talisay City Hall. The poster directed the question to City Administrator John Yre de los Reyes, the mayor’s son.


“Wala kabantay ang CSU (Civil Security Unit (CSU) ani? Giunsa man diay ni nimo pag-administer? Resign na lagi! Wala kay ayo!”

I won’t go with the poster, who obviously has a beef against the JVR administration and John Yre, although the question is legitimate. The city hall and the plaza need to be secured 24/7 so why were the two kids able to frolic in the fountain’s dirty water?

I have also heard many stories about how John Yre is functioning as city administrator and how he is said to be taking to heart the tag of “little mayor.” But that can be tackled in another article. Besides, despite some complaints against his son, JVR is still relying on him in running city hall affairs. Blood is thicker than water, goes the cliché.

Rather, I would like to repeat what I suggested to Talisay City officials when Fernandez was mayor. I have transacted business in some offices in city hall and noted the weird setup there, one that has resulted in the front yard of the building looking like a “ghost town.”

The city hall building is facing the Cebu South Coastal Road. One would think that the strategic location would be put to good use. But no.

A bushy lot used to separate the city hall building from the road but the Fernandez administration, with the help of former first district congressman Eduardo Gullas, managed to buy the property and construct a plaza there. De los Reyes then put the finishing touches to the project.

I thought that with the plaza opened, JVR would now correct the anomaly wherein people who transact business there use the back doors instead of the structure’s main doors.

I consider the setup weird because if city hall were a person, he is one with a useless mouth—-he eats food through the ass and discharges waste also through the ass.

People who transact business at the city hall ride tricycles that use the road at the back of the compound and disgorge the passengers there. But that arrangement can be changed if city officials will only put their mind to it. Like they can put to good use the two gates near the coastal road. Or they can impose the rule that people use the front doors for entry and the back doors as exit.

How is this point relevant to the “Yolanda Wash Out” photo of two children bathing at the plaza’s fountain? With more people using the front door of the city hall, activities at the plaza can be better monitored. And more people will even be using that plaza on weekdays.

What I am saying is if this setup continues, then the city hall building should be reconfigured, with its front facing the back instead.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 17, 2014.


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