The Province of Cebu’s 451st founding anniversary on Thursday, August 6 will be commemorated in a simple way, said Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, and a message of hope will be delivered, instead of the usual State of the Province Address (SOPA).
“I am not inclined to deliver a State of the Province Address at this point in time, when everybody knows what state we are in. I will say a few words though. I will have a message for all Cebuanos in the Province of Cebu. I will deliver a message and it will be a message of hope,” she said during a press conference on Sunday, August 2.
“You know I’m ambivalent about that (SOPA). Delivering, at this point in time, the state of the Province where we are still in the middle of this Covid-19 challenge, which we continue to assess and continue to find ways of managing so that we may move forward to a better normal… Di nalang nang new normal, mas nindot nang better normal,” the governor added.
August 6, Cebu Province’s Charter Day, is a special non-working holiday for the entire Province of Cebu including the highly urbanized cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu pursuant to Republic Act No. 8952.
Garcia said the commemoration will be a one-day affair which will start with a flag-raising ceremony to be attended only by her together with Vice Governor Hilario Davide III, the Cebu Provincial Board members, and the Capitol department heads.
“Well, it will be very, very simple. I don’t know if I can call it a celebration actually, because we are still in the midst of pandemic. Cebu City is still GCQ (General Community Quarantine) and there are still restrictions for gatherings,” she said.
The governor decided not to ask the mayors of the 44 towns and seven cities of the Province to come to the Capitol because Cebu City is under GCQ.
Instead of the mayors, Garcia said she will be assigning the Capitol employees to do the raising of the flags of the cities and municipalities.
The flag-raising ceremony will be followed by a mass at the Capitol Social Hall and a simple lunch at the Governor’s Office.
Garcia said the offices may probably come up with their own lunches in a very “sparse and spartan way.”
“Besides, nibalik man ta sa 50 percent force (workforce), so we don’t expect a lot of employees coming,” she added. (Mylen Manto)