‘Too many tasks’ for one Mercado

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Friday, February 28, 2014

NOT until Lucelle Mercado was grilled by the Cebu City Council Wednesday did many Cebuanos realize that a mayor's appointee for city administrator had to be confirmed by the City Council.

Maybe in the past, the City Council just quickly and quietly approved the mayor's appointments for fear of, or out of courtesy to, the mayor.

Mercado's case stood out because she was interrogated by legislators who are known political enemies of the mayor.


Lucelle, a doctor, was asked if she could administer City Hall. Well, she has managed her own business for more than five years, she said. She's willing to learn and as a doctor she was trained to study and research. As to the seven commissions she also heads, when asked if she could do all that on top of running the biggest local government bureaucracy, she said, "I hope so. I'll tell you if 'di na ko kaya.'"

Imagine if she had applied for a job to lead a giant business firm and she gave those answers: she'd learn and she hoped she could do all the tough tasks assigned her, anyway she'd give up if she couldn't hack it. Would the post have been given to an apparent on-the-job trainee?

Mayor's right

The City Council might have been reluctant to entrust the job to the enthusiastic and multi-tasked applicant. But it was not for the councilors to decide.

It was the mayor's sole prerogative; the City Council's duty was merely to see that the requirements of law were followed.

If Dr. Mercado would fail, it would be the mayor's butt the public would kick, not the City Council's.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 28, 2014.


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