Spending long days and nights at the Capitol, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia described her first three months as “interesting, exhausting, yet invigorating.”
In her first 100 days since she assumed office in her historic fourth term, Garcia took pride of the projected savings from implemented cost-cutting measures, recovered properties, and secured partnerships of the Cebu Province since July 1, 2019.
On her first day back in the Capitol, Garcia issued Executive Order No. 1 putting an end to the construction of the Cebu Provincial Resource Center saving the Cebuanos from a P15 billion-debt.
“Kind-hearted members of the Visayas Truckers Association and other civic-minded Cebuanos banded together and, in the spirit of Bayanihan, backfilled the excavated area of the project site at no cost to the Province,” she added.
On the same day, she also reduced the number of personnel in the provincial government from over 2, 141 casual and job order employees to 1,219 through Memorandum Circular No. 1-2019.
Garcia said this move would result to “savings of over P300 million yearly which can now be diverted to infrastructure and livelihood projects that will uplift the lives of the Cebuanos.”
The Capitol will save another P20 million with the governor’s plan to turn over the MyHome facility in Tayud, Consolacion and the Women and Children Development Center in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
She also shared Capitol’s successful recovery of a number of provincial properties that were disposed through agreements that were disadvantageous to the Province.
The properties recovered were a lot along I.T Park with a P25 million building; the granting of perpetual road right of way on province-owned lots along Governor Cuenco Avenue and Salinas Drive; the long-held restriction limiting the use of a 6,000 square meter property in front of I.T Park; and the P2 billion worth Cyberzone towers in the same area.
The Capitol also recovered the 29.7 hectares of provincial properties in Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island where the Bantayan Airport will be developed from a community airport to a commercial one with the help of the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority.
Garcia also happily reported on the sealed partnerships and agreements between the Capitol and various agencies.
In behalf of the Provincial Government, she signed two Memoranda of Understanding with 5th District Cong. Duke Frasco and 4th District Cong. Janice Salimbangon for their financial assistance to the province-run hospitals in their districts which will be downloaded to the province.
Through a Memorandum of Understanding also, Capitol partnered with the Housing and Land Regulatory Board for the development of Capitol’s 17-hectare property in Barangay Busay to provide housing for Capitol employees and other qualified government workers.
She also shared her excitement as the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo, Governor’s Unity Volleyball Cup, Guv Cup Airsoft Open, and Suroy-Suroy Sugbo have been revived as well.
Garcia’s First 100 Days report was made even more memorable as she chose to hold it on her birthday, October 12.
Before coming to the celebration, the governor spent some quiet time at the Basilica del Sto. Niño then proceeded to the opening of Guv Cup Airsoft Open at SM Seaside, Cebu City. (Lianne Llesol)