New guv wants a simple anniversary celebration


The province of Cebu will mark the 444th Founding Anniversary of the province with a modest celebration under the administration of Governor Hilario Davide III.

Instead of the usual month-long festivities under the past administration, the activities will be cut down to only seven days to minimize costs.

“It will be a simple yet meaningful celebration of the founding anniversary,” he said.

While some of the events were retained, the new administration will do away with expensive activities such as the Governor’s Ball. The Governor’s Ball will be replaced with “Gabii sa Sugbo”, a simple gathering with local government unit officials, diplomatic corps, ARENA 7 officials and private sector representatives.

The weeklong festivities will open with the raising of the Philippine National flag, the provincial flag, and the raising of colors of the 44 towns and seven component cities of the province on August 1. The opening of the Agro-Fair Trade, which is located behind the executive building of the Capitol, will then follow.

August 2 (Friday) is the Health and Wellness Day, where the Capitol employees will be expected to participate in the bloodletting and medical check-up programs. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu City Chapter will also host a free legal clinic for the public at the Capitol main building.

The Capitol’s calendar of activities also includes the Cobra Ironman Race 2013 on August 4 and a singing contest for employees on August 5.

On August 6, which is the founding anniversary of the province, the governor is expected to deliver his anniversary message to the employees.

Asked if there will be anniversary bonus for them, Davide said he would still ask the budget officer and the provincial treasurer about it.

Davide also said the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Festival of Festivals may no longer be held as, for various reasons, the local officials were unprepared for the competition. (Xerxes Alkuino)