‘Fol­low con­ser­va­tion laws’

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The Cebu City Cul­tural and His­tor­i­cal Af­fairs Com­mis­sion (CHAC) en masse is urg­ing the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment to heed ex­ist­ing con­ser­va­tion laws given the pro­posed con­struc­tion of a P1.3-bil­lion Re­source Cen­ter at the Capi­tol com­pound.

The pro­posed con­struc­tion of the con­tro­ver­sial 20-story build­ing was re­ferred to the CHAC for com­ments and rec­om­men­da­tions since the Capi­tol com­pound is sit­u­ated within the ju­ris­dic­tion of Cebu City.

“(There­fore,) in mass mo­tion by the mem­bers of the CHAC, be it as it is hereby re­solved to strongly urge the pro­po­nents of the 20-story Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment Re­source Cen­ter Build­ing to ad­here to ex­ist­ing her­itage con­ser­va­tion laws prior to the re­join­der of this Body for ap­proval of its con­struc­tion,” reads a por­tion of the res­o­lu­tion ap­proved last Jan. 7.

A copy of the res­o­lu­tion was sub­mit­ted to Gov. Hi­lario Da­vide III.

As this de­vel­oped, all is fair in love and war at the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol.

A mat­ter of “com­mon sense” was how Da­vide de­scribed the non-re­newal of the con­tracts of 17 job or­der (JO) work­ers as­signed to the Pro­vin­cial Board (PB) mem­bers who didn’t fa­vor a mea­sure giv­ing him author­ity for the con­struc­tion of the re­source cen­ter.

“Kan­ing mga JO gud, pakapin na lang man ni sa ilang 11 nga or­ganic staff gyud. Gani, ang pundo ani, ang pagsweldo is un­der the Of­fice of the Gover­nor. It’s just com­mon sense. Mo-sweldo ang Kapi­tolyo an­ing mga JO nila nga dili gani sym­pa­thetic, will not be work­ing for us, but for their side. Sila mismo, they know this fact (These JOs, they’re just ad­di­tions to their 11 or­ganic staff. In fact, their salary comes from the Of­fice of the Gover­nor... Why should the Capi­tol pay them when they’re not even sym­pa­thetic... ),” Da­vide said in a news con­fer­ence last Mon­day, Jan. 14.

Those who op­posed the mea­sure were PB Mem­bers Sun Shimura, Raul Ba­cal­tos, Ed­sel Ga­leos, Vic­to­ria Coromi­nas-Toribio, Yolanda Daan and Alex Bing­hay.

PB mem­bers who ap­proved the mea­sure were Miguel An­to­nio Mag­pale, Ce­lestino Martinez III, Jerome Li­brando, Jose Mari Sal­vador, Ho­ra­cio Franco, Jude Thad­deus Sy­bico, Earl Tidy Oyas and Jerico Ru­bio.

PB Mem­bers Christo­pher Bar­icu­a­tro, Glenn Bercede and Jovito Thadeo Ouano ab­stained.

Ear­lier, Pro­vin­cial Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment Of­fce (PHRMO) Head Bonifer Na­corda said there was noth­ing po­lit­i­cal in the non-re­newal of the con­tracts of the JO work­ers start­ing Jan. 1.

Na­corda ex­plained that the con­tracts of the JO work­ers had ended, and they planned to use the funds for their hir­ing to open new im­por­tant po­si­tions in the pro­vin­cial and dis­trict hos­pi­tals since the thrust of the Da­vide ad­min­is­tra­tion is geared to­ward the im­prove­ment of health ser­vices.

Na­corda added that each PB mem­ber is as­signed 11 or­ganic per­son­nel.

But due to the var­i­ous projects as­signed to each PB mem­ber, job or­der work­ers were pro­vided to the mem­bers for tem­po­rary as­sis­tance whose salaries were funded by the Pro­vin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor’s Of­fice.

Da­vide, in his news con­fer­ence, stood pat that since he as­sumed of­fice in 2013, he has been “very lib­eral and ac­com­mo­dat­ing” with the re­quests of the PB mem­bers.

But the changes in po­lit­i­cal align­ment at the Capi­tol may have put a strain in their re­la­tion­ship.

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