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Rama is facing two administrative cases before the Office of the President, including the one filed by lawyer Reymelio Delute in connection with the granting of P20,000 calamity aid to each of the 4,200 officials and employees of the city last December.

 

 

It was paid out in dec 2013

 

 

 

I think this one could be much more serious than some procedural beef about road construction. 

 

I think you are right there

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Well to my mind Rama has taken upon himself to tackle traffic which seems to be the number one stumbling block preventing Cebu to flourish as a major economic hub....how ironic that he has now been taken out of the game as a result of trying to free up traffic flow.

 

what traffic you mean the 3 lane highway where one lane is for parking and selling and the middle lane for jeeps and taxi to pick up passengers and the third for driving until someone wants to turn left  ... I think traffic can be solved with 10 tow trucks

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what traffic you mean the 3 lane highway where one lane is for parking and selling and the middle lane for jeeps and taxi to pick up passengers and the third for driving until someone wants to turn left  ... I think traffic can be solved with 10 tow trucks

 

the tow truck experiment failed because they just wanted to make money .....the real culprits that you itemised would never get towed because they aren't parked long enough without somebody watching to actually get towed.

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what traffic you mean the 3 lane highway where one lane is for parking and selling and the middle lane for jeeps and taxi to pick up passengers and the third for driving until someone wants to turn left  ... I think traffic can be solved with 10 tow trucks

Vail Colorado, USA, has tow trucks on call. 4 minutes from the time the vehicle was parked until the tow truck had it in the air and out the way.

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For those with slow Internet :idontknow:

 

 
Pay back P84M in ‘disaster aid’
By Rene U. Borromeo (The Freeman) Updated January 27, 2015 - 12:00am
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CEBU, Philippines - For some people, this is now indeed a calamity.

The Commission on Audit has issued Notices of Disallowance and ordered Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, other city officials and more than 4,200 regular and casual employees, to reimburse the city of the P84.4 million they received at P20,000 each as calamity financial assistance on December 23, 2013.

Cebu City auditor Cymbeline Celia Chiong-Uy said although the granting of the assistance through a supplemental budget was based on the ordinance enac-ted by City Council, it is still questionable because Section 321 of the Local Government Code does not include granting calamity assistance to government employees as an expenses that maybe considered for the enactment of a supplemental budget, even in times of calamity.

The law provides that “a supplemental budget may also be enacted in times of public calamity by way of budgetary realignment to set aside appropriations for the purchase of supplies and materials or the payment of services, which are exceptionally urgent or absolutely indispensable to prevent imminent danger to, or loss of, life or property, in the jurisdiction of the local government unit or in other areas declared by the president in a state of calamity.”

She argued that while the Department of Budget and Management’s review of the controversial Supplemental Budget No. 3 declared it operative in its entirety, it is still subject to conditions of the law.

Among these is that the appropriations intended as calamity assistance to employees shall be subject to the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 dated March 23, 2013 issued by the National Disaster Risk-Reduction Management Council-Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Budget and Management.

COA explained that while the city ordinance authorized the assistance, it did not conform with the provisions of COA Circular No. 97-002, which provides that “payments out of cash advance shall be allowed only for amounts not exceeding P15,000 for each transaction, except when a higher amount is allowed by law or with specific authority from COA.”

Rama was the one who endorsed the granting of P15,000 calamity financial assistance to the City Council for approval claiming that City Hall employees were badly affected by the earthquake and typhoon Yolanda. But it was Councilor Sisinio Andales who suggested if the city had the funds, it should be made P20,000.

According to the state auditors that “there were no proof showing that those city officials and employees given assistance were victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake on October 15 and typhoon Yolanda on December 8, 2013.

City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo said the mayor’s office already received the copy of the notice of disallowance and they will appeal to the COA Regional Office-7 to reconsider.

Some City Hall employees are already worried because they do not have money to re-imburse the P20,000 they received.

“Maayo unta og gagmay ra ang ibanon nila sa among suweldo,” one of them said.

Aside from Rama and Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, COA mentioned in the notices of disallowance the names of Councilors Nestor Archival, Mary Ann De Los Santos, Dave Tumulak, Nendell Hanz Abella, Sisinio Andales, Alvin Arcilla, Roberto Cabarrubias, Nida Cabrera, Gerardo Carillo, Alvin Dizon, Eugenio Gabuya, and Noel Wenceslao.

Councilor James Cuenco was not included because he was absent when the ordinance was deliberated, Councilor Richie Osmeña was out, while Councilors Margot Osmeña and Leah Japson abstained from voting and did not receive the assistance.  Councilors Dizon, Gabuya and Cabarrubias already returned to the City Treasurer’s Office the amount they received.

Because of the calamity assistance, Rama and the other city officials are also facing administrative complaints before the Office of the President filed by Lawyer Reymelio Delute, a supporter of the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan.  — /BRP (FREEMAN)

 

 

 

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Now if they could only do a similar audit on all of the Yolanda Relief Funds  :idontknow:

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Vail Colorado, USA, has tow trucks on call. 4 minutes from the time the vehicle was parked until the tow truck had it in the air and out the way.

 

 

Cebu City is not Vail Colorado USA

 

About the 20,000 given in 2013 to Cebu City employees, may sound worse than it really is 

 

For some years the city has paid out 10,000, 15,000 php at year end, this year it was 30,000

 

I think the only problem in 2013 is that the money was taken from the wrong account

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Cebu City is not Vail Colorado USA

 

About the 20,000 given in 2013 to Cebu City employees, may sound worse than it really is 

 

For some years the city has paid out 10,000, 15,000 php at year end, this year it was 30,000

 

I think the only problem in 2013 is that the money was taken from the wrong account

 

...and that is a very big problem. 

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