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NEWS: 200 workers to lose jobs from Panabo City Hall

Posted in former panabo mayor rey gavina, nemesio rasgo, panabo abc president ferdinand gocon, panabo vice mayor james gamao, panbo city mayor jose silvosa sr. with tags , , , , on February 6, 2009 by cha monforte
By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News
Panabo new City Hall/photo by Rural Urban News

Panabo new City Hall/photo by Rural Urban News

Some 200 of the 700 workers in Panabo City Government will be losing their jobs due to the implementation of the ongoing reorganization scheme that already started February 1.

“For sure there will about 200 workers who could no longer return to work as we implement the ordinance on reorganization to make our government machinery work efficiently and effectively,” said city administrator Nemesio Rasgo.
City ordinance 43 enacted last year fixed only 400 posts to be filled up arising out from new organizational structure and classification of positions.
On last Monday convocation, the city administrator announced that contractual workers whose contracts ended last January 31 would have to stop working and wait for the end of the first quarter for possible re-hiring when the city government could generate additional income like the refund of the amount the city lost from Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) shared by the 16 cities that were classified back to their status as municipalities.
Those who would be displaced though are contractual workers who were employed on programs and need-basis, Rasgo said.
Last January 31 contracts of casual and contractual workers ended and the city placement committee headed by Rasgo is at press time renewing contracts of relevant positions.
He said that City Mayor Jose Silvosa Sr wanted to professionalize the city bureaucracy and “insulate personnel from politics”.
There is unwanted situation in local governments on workers being beholden to politicians in power and are therefore bound to work for the politics of the administration that they are in.
Rasgo said that permanent employees need not worry but he said there would be reassignments to fit personnel to work and eliminate the sight of city workers just sitting on their table without work.
“Way klaro ang mga tawo sa opisina (There’s unclear personeling in offices),” he said referring to the situation that the Silvosa administration inherited to the previous administration of former Mayor Rey Gavina.
“We want to have a lean and mean government structure that works,” he added.
On the other hand, in separate interview, Mayor Silvosa said that the reorganization was not his own making but by the legislative department of the previous administration.
He said that the present reorganization plan was started four years ago and the involved city councils including the present had thoroughly studied it based on civil service laws and and tapped various authorities as resource persons during its formulation.
“I am just here to implement the ordinance as a chief executive,” he said.
An undetermined number of casual employees, whose contracts are renewed every six months, especially those employed by the previous administration are reportedly expressing anxieties of losing their jobs.
City administrator Rasgo said that there are casual and contractual personnel in the city hall whose appointing authority is no longer in office, in obvious reference to Gavina, who had served as city mayor for three consecutive terms or nine years.
“Job order and even casual employees have not other recourse but work for the politics of the power holders so as continue working. It’s just okay for the permanent employees as they usually hide or go neutral during the campaign period,” a casual employee from the office of he city vice mayor said on the condition of anonimity.
Meanwhile, Councilor and ABC President Ferdinand Gocon said that the job order workers employed in legislative department are not included in the no-work order of the executive department.
He said that city councilors have usually five personnel staff, three of whom are co-terminus and two are contractual in employment status.
The city vice mayor’s office has reportedly bloated staff numbering over 20 personnel. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

OPINION: Like copra price today

Posted in panabo city hall, panabo news, panabo vice mayor james gamao, tagum city councilor mylene baura, tagum city councilor rey salve, tagum councilors with tags , , , , , on December 23, 2008 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

dec 22

If Tagum’s flexi-fare ordinance will be followed to the liter, err letter, the fare cut of P7 should have been effected sometime a month ago. On Saturday, Mayor Rey Uy and the City Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board officers led by Atty. Roland Tumanda agreed in a meeting to effect the P7 minimum fare from the latest P8 by January 2. That’s still within the Holiday and classes will resume by January 5, Monday. It’s good enough and it’s still one big Christmas gift for Tagumenyos.

The flexi-fare ordinance is now showing to be novel piece of legislation that relates with the changes of the world, particularly the international oil price that has been affecting Filpinos since then. Tagumenyos are also worth for their due if oil prices are falling. It’s a legislation with built-in reflex mechanism adjustible to the workings of the market.

It appears now that the City Hall is putting up sort of implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the flexi-fare ordinance. While it chooses the CTFRB as the fare setter, the chief executive being the man on top of all City Hall layers and bodies has the final say and Saturday’s meeting is right process, to consult also the affected sector, the pedicabbers. After that, the corresponding CTFRB board resolution is a foregone conclusion to legally implement the second fare cut. What about the habal-habals? They have been adjusting by P2 to P5 over the tricycle fare in the two fare movements. When the tricycle fare was increased to P10 from P7, habal-habal drivers also increased and collected P15 from their usual P10. Today’s P8 fare is countered by habal-habal fare of P10. Sineswerte talaga ang mga colorum habal-habals. But it seems the usual market force determines the habal-habal fare rates in the city.

Without the de facto IRR on the flexi-fare ordinance, the order of the day under this flexible regime could be riotous. Fare decrease or increase isn’t automatically dependent on current gasoline rates after all. But such could be remedied possibly if the City Hall mounts electronic billboard in strategic corners in the city informing the current gasoline prices and the price average as a yardstick, as well as the City Hall-set tricycle fare. I don’t know if the jacking up of crude and gasoline prices in gas stations in the city above the levels in Panabo and Davao City has been addressed already by Councilor Mylene Baura. Or her probe was just for media op?

Anyway, the unsolicited advice to make the flexi-fare fully operational and automatic is a mounting of electronic billboard, like the basketball scoreboard, stating the fare akin to the copra buyer’s notice on his buying price with words “COPRA PRICE TODAY:P__”, no resecada. In the Tagum City Hall case today, this would be: “TRICYCLE FARE TODAY: P8”. Perhaps Councilor Rey Salve could be a devil’s advocate for this.

BLOGBUZZ: The Panabo legislative department, they say last week, is too over security conscious. During sessions, in its door, there’s that bully who flag down and ask visitors of their purpose in entering the gallery of the session hall. Inside, there’s one sitting cop and a sergeant at arms who watches the faces of entering visitors. Inside the gallery, there’s another who hangs on and looks over the crowd with suspicions. Mediamen are prevented from taking photos of the session inside but only in the glass-enclosed gallery. People entering the Panabo City Hall are earlier thoroughly checked by the security guards and SCU at the front main gate. They say na-OA na ang security details for Panabo session hall during sessions. Such SOP is driving the public from listening the session and getting public records in its rawest verbal forms. We don’t know yet if Vice Mayor James Gamao throws this OA security details intentionally. It’s only in Panabo and not found in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley and elsewhere. (For online edition, visit my blog at:, for comments and reactions, text 09069104553, e-mail:

OPINION: The race for Xmas

Posted in congressman arrel olano, congressman way kurat zamora, panabo city council hall, panabo vice mayor james gamao with tags , , , on December 22, 2008 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

dec 18

It’s not only the Panabo City Council which is in a hurry of wrapping up things before this mid December. The council steered by Vice Mayor James Gamao had made marathon sessions since Monday to beat a finish before yet the middle of the month.

Yesterday, it made its last for this year to compensate the no-session Mondays beginning today until the New Year. Just like the Congress that is in a hurry of settling the thorny issue on CARP extension, municipal and provincial sanggunians also want now to have their Christmas vacations.

This has been easily so with our government officials while ordinary government men have a hard time getting approval for official leaves during the Yuletide Season even while they have a lot of earned leave credits. The department heads, on the other hand, try to beat the elected officials to the draw by setting at the most early date the closing of books as far as the COA rules could allow. In turn, many well-meaning suppliers-those who won their bids fair and honest- will end up scratching their heads for not getting their checks before the New Year. Now there’s a long Christmas vacation waiting out there, compliments of GMA’s holiday economics. Surely, banks will be closed, and government checks have to wait for encashment by 2009 na.

OK, there’s this great race for Christmas. The kargadors in our palengkes and all those in the underground economy remain to be hopeful of earning good bucks before Christmas day. They are hopeful of the Season’s big consumer spending when OFW remittances are heavy and bulk of yearend savings are splurged. Oh, that Pinoy spending again. There’s still no crunch for our OFWs and their families back home, I observe. Bettors are also extra hopeful- of winning the Last 2 that has now proliferated in Davao del Norte and Comval. The estimate three years ago is that each day bettors delivered at least P3 million bet money in our two provinces. (Is this underestatement? I ask our authorities). That’s a cool P1.095 billion industry yearround since Last 2 has no holiday. Multiply it by 365 days.

OK, our farmers on the other hand are hopeful, too, over the yearend benevolence of their landlords not to take fully their shares and give gifts to them, although the landlord- and Lakas-Kampi-dominated Congress as of this writing is in the thick of of marathon discussions on whether to extend CARP or not. But I bet my usual, seldom P10-worth Last 2 bet: the Congress will end up giving not the pantawid sa gutom but a pantalya legislative measure that would be left hanging on the Yuletide’s air since like Davao del Norte District 1 Congressman Arrel Olano they want to have the Christmas vacation so they can resume their gift-giving of rice, noodles and sardines, the “electoral gifts” (I should kindly repeat the words of naughty and malicious pundits in our kantos, inggit lang mo).

Anyway, also in this season of oil price decreases, presidentiable Senator Mar Roxas is crying SOB to the Palace for wanting to effect more price rollback to the level of over P20 per liter for gasoline as the crude oil price in the world market is further nose-diving, so poor Juan dela Cruz in the Pilipins and the Tagumenyos -because of Mayor Uy’s novel flexi-fare ordinance- could have one biggest pinaskuhan in this Yuletide Season of 2008. (For online edition, visit my blog at:, for comments and reactions, text 09069104553, or e-mail:

NEWS: Panabo mayor might not seek reelection in 2010

Posted in davao del norte vice governor victorio "baby" suaybagui, former panabo mayor rey gavina, panabo city mayor jose silvosa jr, panabo vice mayor james gamao with tags , , , on December 5, 2008 by cha monforte

Floirendos carried Silvosa in 2007 polls

dec 5

Panabo City Mayor Jose “Joe” Silvosa Jr. might not run again to seek for his reelection by 2010.

“But it depends, if the Lakas-CMD party is negative in its assessment on my performance as a city mayor,” he told Sidlak yesterday.mayor-silvosa

“If I’m adjudged to be not satisfactory, and my performance is not impressive while my brand of leadership is not accepted, why should I insist?” the mayor added.

Silvosa, a lawyer, was propelled to the post of city mayor in 2007 polls after serving as a boardmember largely due to the traditionally blind but solid Tadeco votes as he was the choice of the Floirendos, Don Antonio Sr. and former Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr., the banana king and heir apparent, respectively, the known Davao del Norte’s District 2 kingmakers.

Silvosa said he would hesitate to submit himself for party assessment.

He edged out rival former City Vice Mayor Ruperto Cagape by over 5,000 votes reportedly coming the Tadeco workingmen bailiwicks.

Panabo City , sources said, has already started to be abuzz with unconfirmed reports on possible eventual comeback of the former Mayor Rey Gavina, who in May 2007 had no choice but retire from politics after running out of his three terms as a mayor.

It was Gavina who built the posh and elegant three-level city hall, the new integrated bus terminal and the city gymnasium which the present mayor is now enjoying in his first term.

But a staffer of Vice Mayor James Gamao, brother-in-law of Gavina, said on the condition of anonymity that he thought that only the Gavina’s political followers might just be the ones egging out the retired mayor for a political comeback and pick a fight against Silvosa, a Lakas partymate and whom Gavina endorsed in the last polls.

“Sa politika naa gyoy nagasugnod nga mga political supporters,” he added.

He said that Gavina has been busy in his banana farm located in the outskirts of the city. “He is often seen in his good resthouse there”.

He said that he has not yet heard even of any report that his boss Vice Mayor Gamao would run for reelection in tandem his brother-in-law Gavina.

Meanwhile, other sources from Panabo City Hall said that besides Gavina other 2010 mayoral potentials are the last-termer and economically influential Councilor Roy Antalan and Cagape who might do a return bout against Silvosa.

Still some political pundits in the city are closely watching for the developments in the family and political feud between the Floirendos and Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario which reports said is still presently running and which would affect the political landscape in the city whose politics has been traditionally dictated by the Floirendos.

In the last polls, the Floirendo-supported Lakas-CMD city slate made a smashing 11-1 victory with only one Kampi bet, now Councilor Jannet Tanong managing to win.

Still there is also little talk among city’s political pundits that District 2 Congressman Anton Lagdameo, nephew of Tonyboy, might end up running for mayor in the city once his Tito Tonyboy would reclaim his congressional seat by 2010.

But Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio earlier told Sidlak to spare the “good mayor Silvosa” and proposed that on this scenario Cong. Anton could be better placed to run as city mayor for IGACOS saying that with this the island could have its most rapid development if the Floirendos and Del Rosarios would then link arms to orchestrate in developing the island under Lagdameo’s mayoral reign. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)