Rama to instill needed changes within city hall

Published November 22, 2021, 2:04 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY — With the change of leadership at the City Hall, some workers will have to go.

Mayor Michael Rama, who assumed as full-fledged mayor following the death of Edgardo Labella, said some workers may have to go based on the evaluation of their performance.

Newly-installed Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama (left) and Vice-mayor Donaldo “Dondon” Hontiveros at the Cebu City Hall. (Cebu City Hall Facebook page/Manila Bulletin)

“I will repeat what I said before, with due respect to our departed mayor, I will not rock the boat here at City Hall. But the one-month evaluation of all employees’ performance continues,” Rama said.

Rama added that “employees who are passionate with their jobs and have contributed to City Hall’s efficiency, you have nothing to worry.”

While there were some employees who were hired by the departed Labella, Rama emphasized that he has his own people “who have my confidence to oversee, coordinate, collaborate and cooperate with our 27 departments.”

“They will provide me a feedback mechanism on the state of governance and guide me steer our city,” he said.

Rama said job-order and contractual employees should not expect that all of them will be renewed come January.

“For now, let them enjoy December,” said Rama.

Rama said with his assumption, it is just normal to see some City Hall officials go especially those who are co-terminus or those who were appointed by Labella.

“That’s what we will be doing. As the DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) was telling, it is automatic. I will not be the one interpreting lest I will be misinterpreted,” said Rama.

Rama became the city’s new mayor after Labella died last Friday dawn in a private hospital due to septic shock secondary to pneumonia.

First Councilor Dondon Hontiveros took oath as the city’s new vice mayor while Jocelyn Pesquera filled the spot vacated by the former in the Council.