This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, July 5, 2016.
Osmeña’s unique idea: A Department of Fixers
Showing he is not afraid to offer unconventional ideas, Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña is planning to legitimize fixers and put up a Department of Fixers at Cebu City Hall to streamline operations and address concerns and complaints of people transacting there.
The new department will be regulated and controlled to prevent abuses said Osmeña, who likened it to how the Cebu Investment and Promotions Center was used to be run. He also said he will implement a “no wrong number policy’ and that people working City Hall should act like waiters and not pass off customers concerns if they are not directly related ot their job.
“You know that’s the way CIPC used to run. An investor comes in and they will fix it for you. Anything. Whatever your problem is, they will fix it for you. Is this attorney good? They’ll let you know. IS this contractor good? They’ll give you three to choose from. They make it user-friendly. City Hall will have something like that….They will be just like waiters. If City Hall were to run as a restaurant, people would complain because you go there and they would ask what you want. Hamburger sandwich? Sorry, I’m not the waiter for hamburger sandwich. Who’s the waiter for hamburger sandwich? I don’t know. It’s the same in City Hall. Here, you call any office. They’ll say it’s not my job. You ask who’s in charge? The answer’s always, I don’t know. Then they’ll keep redirecting you to person after person…What it should be like is this: you go to a restaurant and order hamburger? Sure! You want salad? Sure! Want lettuce, want bread, whatever? You want me to adjust the aircon?” — Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña.
New PRO 7 chief echoes President Duterte’s anti-drug push; 289 drug personalities give up
The strong anti-drug push nationwide has resulted to the surrender of thousands of suspects pushers and admitted users. In Cebu, 289 persons–inculding a 15-year-old fourth grader and a 16-year-old drop out–turn themselves in in Cebu (127), Mandaue (131) and Consolacion (31). Five of the top drug pushers in Consolacion were among those who surrendered.
“We believe that this is because of the presidentñs commitment to eradicate illegal drugs. We want to make sure that this change they undertake is a permanent one.” Mandaue City mayor Luigi Quisumbing.
“Kahadluk mani gud kay naa lang makita sa agianan nga nangamatay.” 38-year-old confessed pusher Jona Sepada.
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Mandaue, Cebu City present anti-flood solutions
Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing wants the plastic-ban implemented strictly in his city, while Mayor Tomas Osmeña is looking at catchment basins in N. Bacalso to solve the flooding problem in both city. Though Quisumbing said garbage isn’t the main cause, he acknowledged that is one of the major causes of flooding in his city and he wants the plastic ban, delayed for six years, to be implemented soon.
Osmeña, on the other hand, the P700-million project in N. Bacalso will be implemented next year.
“This is already six years delayed. Whether we don one week, one month or one year of implementation, at the end of the day, we are going to do this. We have to do this. There is really no alternative. If we are not going to do this, well, we should only have ourselves to blame kung naay baha.” — Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing.
“Why underneath N. Bacalso? Because there’s no right of way there, then the road will still be there on top of the water tank.” — Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena.
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