Da­vide has no vi­sion for Cebu

Sun.Star Cebu - - OPINION - BOBBY NALZARO bobby@sun­star.co.ph

Ial­most fell off my chair upon read­ing a news item wherein Gov. Hi­lario Da­vide III said that the rea­son the Prov­ince of Cebu re­mained the rich­est prov­ince in the coun­try is good gov­er­nance and pru­dent spend­ing.

What? Did the gover­nor claim that there is no graft and cor­rup­tion in his ad­min­is­tra­tion? Cor­rup­tion is preva­lent in the Capi­tol un­der Da­vide’s watch. He may not be di­rectly in­volved but he def­i­nitely knows who among his depart­ment heads are do­ing it.

Wasn’t it cor­rup­tion when the Bids and Awards Com­mit­tee awarded to the high­est bid­der the con­tract for the pur­chase of heavy equip­ment? Wasn’t it cor­rup­tion when the for­mer chief of the Pro­vin­cial En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (Penro) ac­cepted ap­pli­ances from a sand and gravel hauler whose per­mit was is­sued by Penro? Wasn’t it cor­rup­tion when one of his trusted men got cul­verts owned by the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment and in­stalled th­ese in a pri­vate sub­di­vi­sion where he lives? Wasn’t it cor­rup­tion when his for­mer trusted man at the pro­vin­cial jail was ac­cused of sup­ply­ing il­le­gal drugs and other con­tra­band in­side the fa­cil­ity?

If I were in Da­vide’s shoes, I would stop talk­ing about graft and cor­rup­tion. He mis­er­ably failed to con­trol th­ese and failed to dis­ci­pline those in­volved.

On Da­vide’s in­ac­tion, ei­ther he ben­e­fited from those acts or he does not know about them.If Cebu prov­ince is the rich­est in the coun­try, why are the ba­sic needs of the con­stituents not ad­dressed? Are the med­i­cal and health ser­vices in the dis­trict hos­pi­tals be­ing at­tended to? No. Con­sider that some pa­tients from the prov­ince are still brought to the Vi­cente Sotto Memo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter for treat­ment. What’s the pur­pose of main­tain­ing th­ese hos­pi­tals when there are no ca­pa­ble doc­tors or ad­e­quate med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties there?

What about the farm-to-mar­ket roads and other in­fra­struc­ture? How many school build­ings were con­structed? Is his Farm­ers Sci­en­tists Train­ing Pro­gram un­der the su­per­vi­sion of his un­cle, Dr. Ro­mulo Da­vide, a suc­cess?

If the prov­ince is the rich­est, why is the Da­vide ad­min­is­tra­tion ap­ply­ing for loans for the pur­chase of the heavy equip­ment and the con­struc­tion of a 20-story build­ing in­side Capi­tol com­pound? Why not use the Prov­ince’s own re­sources? Is this a pri­or­ity?

The gov­ern­ment is not a pri­vate cor­po­ra­tion that should make money at the end of the year. What’s the use of money that is “sleep­ing” in the bank? Capi­tol has many “non-per­form­ing as­sets.” I am re­fer­ring to the real es­tate prop­er­ties owned by the Prov­ince but are oc­cu­pied by squat­ters.

Why won’t Capi­tol en­ter into joint ven­ture agree­ments with pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions (through the pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship pro­gram) to de­velop th­ese areas so th­ese can gen­er­ate rev­enues?

It’s un­for­tu­nate that Da­vide has no vi­sion for the prov­ince. He is con­tented with what he has now. So it’s good that he is no longer run­ning for gover­nor in next year’s elec­tions be­cause the prov­ince has no fu­ture un­der him.

I felt a sense of re­lief that re­sults were fi­nally out... Fin­ish­ing Top 2 was just ic­ing on the cake, re­ally. MAR­TIN AN­GELO ZANORIA, ON PLAC­ING SEC­OND IN THE 2018 PHYSI­CIAN LI­CEN­SURE EX­AM­I­NA­TION

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