The re-assignment of Capitol department heads continued as Governor Hilario Davide III designated two new officers-in-charge of the different executive offices. Dr. Cynthia Generosolango replaced Dr. Cristina Giango as chief of the Integrated Provincial Health Office effective Wednesday, July 4. Giango, who served as IPHO chief under Gov. Gwen Garcia, was assigned to the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) which lacked a physician.
Melita Labarejos, who was appointed by then Acting Governor Agnes Magpale to head the Provincial Planning and Development Office but was replaced when then Governor Gwendolyn Garcia came back from her suspension, was also reinstated.
During the last few days, Davide also reinstated Eva Encabo and Evelyn Senajon as heads of Provincial General Services Office and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, respectively. Both were appointees of Magpale.
Davide said he heard a lot of feedbacks about Giango during the campaign period both positive and negative. He said the re-assignment of Giango to CPDRC would give him peace of mind as he wants to bring stability to IPHO.
Apart from performance, Davide also stressed the importance of trust and confidence as a factor in choosing his department heads. “That’s a very important ingredient,” he told the media last Thursday. Meanwhile, Davide said Vice Governor Agnes Magpale was right when she said that the Capitol is not debt-free as contrary to what was claimed by former Gov. Garcia.
“It’s quite obvious: it is not debt-free. Maybe what she means is that there are no debts from financial institutions but clearly, when there are payables you have an obligation to pay. Utang gyud kana (That’s still debt),” he said.
The Capitol’s total payable amounted to P799,990,073.03 and it has only P791,457,783.61 cash in bank. If the Capitol will pay all the payables, the Capitol will have zero funds left.
Davide said he will meet with the Provincial Budget Officer, Provincial Accountant and the Provincial Treasurer and some PB members on how to address the problem. He said he will also seek the opinion of the Commission on Audit.
He added that those undocumented expenditures will possibly not be paid. (Xerxes Alkuino)