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Garbo preps up for first 100 days
By Ashley Manabat

Aug 10, 2017

MABALACAT CITY – Slowly but surely, the new administration in the city government here is instituting changes and reforms as it prepares for its first 100 days in office.

With only more than a month as the new chief executive of the city, Mayor Crisostomo C. Garbo has put in place a transition team that has slowly initiated reforms like the improved human resources management and sound accounting principles as well as changes like installing a new market administrator, a new city engineering officer, a new city accounting officer, new city legal officer, new budget officer and a new treasurer to complete the loop.

“But along the way, there were a lot of opposition and some resistance,” noted Atty. Emmanuel E. Ignacio, newly- appointed city legal officer and head of Garbo’s transition team.

Ignacio said Mayor Garbo will deliver his first State of the City Address (SOCA) on October 10 which will be his first 100 days in office.

“We started at 12:10 pm on June 30 and we are now preparing for the first 100 days,” he reiterated.

Big savings

Ignacio said the new city administration was able to save from P8 million to almost P9 million per month just for personnel alone. “Ala lu pa reng contractuals and consultants (That’s excluding contractuals and consultants),” he pointed out.

“With that we could be saving around P80 to P100 million a year so we realigned our budget to help indigent Mabalaqueños where their first P50,000 hospitalization bill will be shouldered by the city as well as burial assistance,” he said.

New guidelines set

Ignacio said the acting head of the accounting office, Atty. Imee Rigor who is also a certified public accountant, already came up with a checklist for department heads to follow but some are still wary of the new management and others can’t seem to accept the new guidelines.

“The practice before was after submitting their vouchers, they get paid immediately. But now Rigor, who is a former accountant of the Commission on Audit (COA) and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), has changed the rules,” he said.

Ignacio said Rigor has also prohibited accounting office employees from bringing home vouchers because that is not allowed. That is unethical, he said.

New treasurer

Ignacio said Marlene Mendiola was appointed the acting treasurer on August 1 and has until September 30 to institute reforms and make a report.

“We gave her until September 30 to wind up work and then we check,” he said.

The former treasurer Myrna S. Ocampo has retired, he said.

New man in Clark

Franco L. Madlambayan is the city’s new consultant for the Clark Development Corp. (CDC). He will be in charge of bringing all the needed employees for the city hall office in Clark, said Ignacio.

“Kong Frank will be monitoring our Clark collections which went down to almost P42 million for the first quarter,” he said.

“At the end of the year, we might be reaching P151 million short of our target from our Clark collections,” he said.

Ignacio explained that the P500 million income from Clark that Mayor Garbo was telling the media was “the projected collection for the whole year which we haven’t realized yet.”

“Maybe it’s only around P200 million as of now,” he said of the collection.


The new CENRO (city environment and natural resources officer) is Engr. Susan Pineda, said Ignacio.

She will be implementing the solid waste management program because at the end of the day we have to comply with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR ) memorandum circular, he said.

Ignacio said the materials recovery facility (MRF) in Barangay Mangalit will also be developed and improved further.

Traffic solution

“Last July, I drafted an executive order signed by Mayor Garbo implementing our traffic code which includes a truck ban and rerouting in the major thoroughfares from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 9 p.m.,” Ignacio said.

The dry run is now being implemented until August 31, he added. Chook Santos was also appointed as City Traffic Group Department head overseeing 56 traffic aids, he said.

The Mabalacat Traffic Enforcement Group (MTEG) was integrated into the Task Force Habitat which is composed of personnel whose job is not just to manage the traffic but there will be others who will start removing road blocks and illegally parked vehicles and illegal transport and commuter terminals as well as street sweepers, he said.

No show

Ignacio said city engineer Ramil Canlapan is a no show.

“As the city legal officer, I have sent him a summon to subject himself to physical examination before our city health officer because we feel he is feigning illness by not reporting for work,” he said.

“Some people see him moving around,” he noted. “We are also compelling him to subject himself to biometrics,” he added.

“We are wondering why he is the only employee without biometrics out of 537 permanent employees in the city hall,” Ignacio said.

Ignacio said Canlapan has not reported for work since October 2016 based on his biometric attendance.

He said Canlapan should immediately turn over documents from his office because there seems to be a lot of ghost projects.

“We sent him several letters to produce documents from his office because he brought home all the documents including plans and program of work s,” he lamented.

But he refused to receive them. Up to now the new mayor has not seen him, Ignacio said.

“We have seen an audit observation memorandum from the COA which is practically begging us to file a case against him,” he revealed.

Big anomaly

The ghost employees are a big anomaly, he said.

Ignacio cited as an example the Office of the School Division Superintendent where three employees have been removed.

“We conducted a warm body count for each personnel. We removed three despite the fact that the superintendent is pleading for them. But we have to make a decision because they are not reporting for work and this was confirmed by the employees themselves,” Ignacio said.

He added that under the nepotism law, some employees were also dismissed.

“There were three departments whose employees report for work during paydays (15-30) only,” he lamented.

New public market

The pubic market will be completely renovated with a budget of P3 million, Ignacio said.

The drainage system will be improved and the renovation will be done by section so that the vendors will not be greatly affected, he said.

Some of the vendors who will initially be affected will be temporarily transferred to the adjoining lot near the public market, he added.

Transition period

“We are still under the transition period. Under the Department of Interior and Local Governments rules, the first 60 days is for the transition period,” said Ignacio.

Other members of the transition team are city administrator Rosan S. Pacquia, former Barangay Poblacion kagawad Fiel Sakay and City Councilor Win-win Garbo who represents the mayor.

“We beg Mabalaqueños for more patience because changes and reforms cannot be done overnight,” he said.

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