Nida Cabrera resigns
When interviewed by City Hall reporters, Cabrera said she planned to resign a long time ago, but she handed her resignation to the mayor only now
Former Cebu City Councilor Nida Cabrera, head of the Cebu City Environment and Natural Office (CCenro), reportedly resigned the other day. This was only known yesterday when she posted it on her Facebook account.
Cabrera, a known environmental advocate, thanked her staff for working with her and supporting her programs. She did not mention the appointing authority or cite any reason for her move. Dr. Alice Utlang, head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries (DVMF), asked on FB the reason for the resignation. Cabrera answered, “It’s hard to work when you are no longer happy.”
When interviewed by City Hall reporters, Cabrera said she planned to resign a long time ago, but she handed her resignation to the mayor only recently because of her conflict with City Councilor Eugenio “Jun” Gabuya. She did not elaborate. Gabuya denied having a conflict with Cabrera.
I can only surmise the “conflict” is on the issue on the rehabilitation of the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill which was ordered closed by the Court of Appeals (CA) based on a petition for a Writ of Kalikasan filed by Councilor Joel Garganera.
Gabuya has filed a resolution for the “rehabilitation” seeking an appropriation of P50 million for the fencing of the portion of the landfill where the waste to energy facility will be installed.
But this is not the idea of Gabuya. He was just ordered by the “former political has been” to work it out with the council as it needs legislative approv- al. The “former political has-been” said a foreign company wants to operate a waste to energy facility in that area and the city could earn something.
I was informed that Gabuya failed to defend his position when grilled by opposition councilors when this issue was tackled in the council several weeks ago. That means he has no knowledge about the subject because this was just fed to him by his political master. Nagkabunga-bunga kuno si Gabuya aning isyuha.
But this is not a Cabrera-Gabuya conflict. It’s a Cabrera-”former political has-been” conflict because it was the latter’s idea. But it’s good that Cabrera has finally opened her eyes and acquired the “delicadeza” to resign.
When she was a councilor under “has-been” mayor Mike Rama, Cabrera advocated for the closure of the Inayawan landfill because it will cause an environmental disaster. But when she became a consultant of the “former political has-been” after she lost in last year’s elections, she changed her position. She supported her “political master,” who re-opened the sanitary landfill.
I know it was difficult for Cabrera because she was placed in a very awkward and compromising situation. But she swallowed her principles because she needed work at that time. But now, I think the die is cast. She resigned and she can no longer be controlled or influenced by a person who has a dictatorial tendency. Meaning, she is now free from the “bondage of tyranny.”