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PB APPROVES ORDINANCE DOWNGRADING 4 DEPARTMENTS
By: Lianne Llesol | Published Friday, August 30, 2019

Now that the ordinance downgrading some Capitol departments into divisions has been passed, Gov. Gwen Garcia is now gearing towards implementing the next steps.

“I haven’t signed it yet but I will discuss with the Provincial Administrator the impact of the downgrading and the mechanics of now putting these into divisions under the Office of the Governor,” she said.

Last August 19, the Cebu Provincial Board passed on third and final reading the ordinance called The Rationalization and Reorganization Program of 2019.

This affects the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO), Provincial Tourism Office (PTO), and Cebu Provincial Investment and Promotions Office (CPIPO).

From a total of 161 personnel, these offices’ workforce will be downsized into 31 with PDRRMO having 10 personnel, and seven positions each for CPADAO, PTO, and CPIPO.

“Since makuhaan ang number of positions, those who will be affected dili na ma-absorb but will be justly compensated,” said the governor.

Earlier, Gov. Garcia revealed that the provincial government can save a total of Php 186 million annually with the downgrading of these departments. They will be placed under the Provincial Governor’s Office (PGO) as divisions.

With this, the Capitol can spend the Province’s resources more prudently and more judiciously to projects and programs that will benefit more the Cebuanos, she added.

The reorganization ordinance was authored by second district Board Member Edsel Galeos, and co-authored by Board Members John Ismael Borgonia, Thadeo Jovito Ouano, Andrei Duterte and Glenn Anthony Soco. (Lianne Llesol/ Photo: Junjie Mendoza)