Innovation, not digitization, is key: Mayor Tomas Osmeña

INNOVATION. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña said they are tapping innovation to improve services at City Hall. He said the challenge with working in government is that “we are not allowed to innovate.”

Capitalizing on innovation as the key to digitization, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is eyeing an alternative to renewing business permits in the city. Osmeña spoke before an audience at Digitize Cebu held Wednesday at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel. “It takes two weeks to renew business permit. I gathered a team of experts to…

President Duterte names former Cebu City mayor Michael Rama a drug protector

MIKE RAMA. The former mayor was linked to drugs by President Duterte. (Photo taken from Mike Rama’s Facebook page)

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier today named former Cebu City mayor Michael Rama as one of the country’s drug protectors, along with several judges, politicians, and police officials. Duterte read the names during the wake in Davao City of soldiers killed in an encounter with the New People’s Army. In a post on his official Facebook…

Joel Mari Yu back in Cebu City Hall as business advisor; tasked to grow BPO sector

JOEL MARI YU. The former Cebu Investment Promotions Center head is back as business advisor of incoming Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña. Yu is shown above with Ravi Agarwal of The Tide co-working space during the press conference for the upcoming Slingshot event in Cebu (see separate story). (Photo:

Former Cebu Investment Promotions Center (CIPC) chief Joel Mari Yu is joining the administration of incoming Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña as business advisor and one of his major tasks will be to grow the outsourcing industry. Yu said he has been entrusted with making sure that the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector realize its…

Cebu News Digest for March 28, 2016: Ombudsman files raps vs. Osmena; Palma urges politicos to be humble; Tom O learns lesson from 2013 defeat

Tomas Osmena during the BOPK proclamation rally. (Photo taken from the official Tommy Osmena FB page)

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, March 28, 2016. Tomas Osmeña faces criminal, admin raps FORMER Cebu City mayor Tom Osmeña is facing criminal and administrative charges for receiving two Chrysler Dodge Charger cars from Bigfoot studios in 2009. The Visayas Ombudsman charged Osmeña for violating the Code…

Cebu News Roundup for Feb. 23, 2016: Rama declines challenge to debate with Tomas; Cebu hosts next presidential debate; Garcia mulls charges vs. Davide

WHY SHOULD I? Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama says there's no need for a debate between him and Tomas Osmena.

This is the roundup of top news stories today, Feb. 23, 2016. Rama turns down Tomas’ debate challenge. SHORT of declaring himself a sure winner, Cebu City mayor Mike Rama says there’s no need for him to engage in a debate with rival Tomas Osmena, saying a debate is usually for presidential bets only. “Don’t equate…

Mary Ann Delos Santos joins BOPK

WITH BOPK. Cebu City Councilor Mary Ann Delos Santos announces her transfer to the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan of former mayor Tomas Osmeña in the Lahug barangay hall. (Photo from Tomas Osmeña’s Facebook Page)

Cebu City Councilor Mary Ann Delos Santos has joined the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) of former mayor Tomas Osmeña. Delos Santos, Osmeña and the other BOPK officials held the announcement this morning at the Lahug Barangay Hall, where she served as barangay chief for years.

Tomas accuses Mayor Rama of bankrupting Cebu City; De los Reyes claims Rep. Gullas influencing students to enlist as Talisay voters: Cebu News Digest July 6, 2015

SOUTH ROAD PROPERTIES. An aerial shot of the SRP that former mayor Tomas Osmeña posted along with his criticism of how Mayor Michael Rama has handled the project and the city’s finances. (Photo taken from Osmeña’s Facebook page)

Politics is heating up in Cebu with elections less than a year away. In today’s news, former mayor Tomas Osmeña accused Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama of wasting government funds while Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes claimed 1st District Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas asked students of the University of Visayas, which his family…