Toledo City Coun­cil fi­nally ap­proves 2018 bud­get

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Morex­ette Marie B. Er­ram COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Toledo City Coun­cil has fi­nally ap­proved the city’s 2018 bud­get which in­cludes the bud­get of the Toledo City Hos­pi­tal.

This came days af­ter Act­ing Mayor An­to­nio Yapha Jr. is­sued a mem­o­ran­dum to down­grade the hos­pi­tal from a 40bed ca­pac­ity to a 12-bed ca­pac­ity only and would have meant lay­ing off 106 Job Order (JO) em­ploy­ees which in­clude nurses, am­bu­lance driv­ers and med­i­cal tech­nol­o­gists.

In a mass mo­tion, the city coun­cil ap­proved the P1.2 bil­lion 2018 bud­get, which was met with cheers and ap­plause from those who at­tended the ses­sion.

Yapha mean­while said he will is­sue a mem­o­ran­dum to­day to the hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor to re­hire their JO work­ers.

“Maybe any­time this week, they can re­sume work,” said Yapha, adding that they are tar­get­ting the full restora­tion of the hos­pi­tal’s ser­vices and op­er­a­tions by next week.

City Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­na­tor Caro­line Labrador said the salaries of the 106 JOs for the months of Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary could reach around P2.3 mil­lion.

Mean­while Yapha said they have co­or­di­nated with the Health De­part­ment for ad­di­tional health work­ers.

“On the other hand, we al­ready talked with the DOH (De­part­ment of Health) and the Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fice (PHO) who will be send­ing health­work­ers to aug­ment the man­power any­time this week. We still wel­come them con­sid­er­ing that it will take a cou­ple days for us to process the doc­u­ments of the JOs,” the act­ing mayor ex­plained.

“I’m grate­ful to the mem­bers of the city coun­cil to have fi­nally re­stored the bud­get,” he added.


A to­tal of P39 mil­lion is al­lo­cated for Toledo City Hos­pi­tal for this year.

“Now that there’s al­ready a bud­get, we can start pur­chas­ing med­i­cal equip­ment and hir­ing more health work­ers needed for a Level 1hos­pi­tal,” said Yapha, a prac­tic­ing sur­geon.

He added that they are aim­ing for the Toledo City Hos­pi­tal to be ac­cred­ited by the DOH as a Level 1 hos­pi­tal, or a fa­cil­ity that can house an op­er­at­ing room and ac­com­mo­date 50 beds, be­fore 2019 ends.

DOH Re­gional Di­rec­tor Jaime Ber­nadas said he is hope­ful the Toledo City Hos­pi­tal could re­gain its ac­cred­i­ta­tion as a level one hos­pi­tal.

“Ac­tu­ally, they are plan­ning to re­gain the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of the hos­pi­tal that is why they are ex­pand­ing their ca­pac­ity,” he said.

Ber­nadas said they are al­ready dis­cussing the mat­ter, through the Health Fa­cil­i­ties En­hance­ment Pro­gram, al­though for now, the city hos­pi­tal has not yet reap­plied for up­grad­ing of its ac­cred­i­ta­tion.


James Leo Peyala, 25, a job-order em­ployee work­ing in the leg­isla­tive de­part­ment of the Toledo City Gov­ern­ment, was all smiles as he went out of the ses­sion hall room yes­ter­day.

He had also not been re­ceiv­ing his salary with the bud­get still not passed.

“My wife just gave birth to our son last Jan­uary, and that’s when my salary was cut-off,” he added.

The other of­fices also af­fected by the non-pas­sage of the bud­get were the bus ter­mi­nal, the cityrun slaugh­ter­house and mar­ket and some of­fices at city hall.

Lawyer Gabriel Tro­cio, Toledo City Ad­min­is­tra­tor

said the de­lay in the pass­ing of the bud­get af­fected over 60 JOs un­der his of­fice.

Pol­i­tics be­hind the de­lay?

Yapha and sus­pended Toledo City Mayor John Henry “Sonny” Os­meña both blamed pol­i­tics over the de­lay in the pas­sage of the bud­get or­di­nance by the city coun­cil.

Yapha and Os­meña ex­changed tirades, with Os­meña ac­cus­ing Yapha of make the hos­pi­tal a “po­lit­i­cal hostage”.

Yap ha on the other hand in­sin­u­ated that Os­meña in­flu­enced the de­ci­sion-mak­ing of the City Coun­cil.

But Coun­cilor Merly Abad, act­ing chair­per­son of the city coun­cil’s com­mit­tee on ap­pro­pri­a­tions and bud­get, at­trib­uted the de­lay to the re­struc­tur­ing of their com­mit­tee chair­man­ships.

“When Act­ing Mayor Yapha, who was elected as vice mayor, took over the seat of Mayor-Sen­a­tor Sonny fol­low­ing his sus­pen­sion last Septem­ber, all of us in the coun­cil also ad­justed ac­cord­ingly,” said Abad.

“I was tasked to be the act­ing chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee on ap­pro­pri­a­tions and bud­get last Jan­uary only. It was chaired be­fore by Coun­cilor Leo Dolino,” she said

“I was not pres­sured on act­ing upon the bud­get right away. It’s just-that I need to fa­mil­iar­ize my­self with the work­ings of the new com­mit­tee I’m han­dling,” she added.


The Toledo City Coun­cil fi­nally passed the 2018 bud­get or­di­nance amount­ing to P2.1 bil­lion, which in­cluded the P39 mil­lion bud­get for the Toledo City Hos­pi­tal. Job order hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees are go­ing to be re­hired.

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