CEBU CITY, Philippines – The City of Cebu officially turned 80 today February 24, 2017 Friday with the celebration bearing the theme “Tomorrow must be Better than Today.”
Thousands of Cebuanos flocked to the Plaza Sugbo fronting Cebu City Hall and witnessed a simple commemoration. The event kicked off with a Holy Mass which was followed by a tribute to then Cebu Municipal Councilor Hon. Gervasio Lavilles who authored a Municipal Resolution for the Cityhood of Cebu. Mayor’s Special Awadees, Cebuano Topnotchers and Young Sugboanon Exemplary Action-Driven Leader Awardees were likewise recognized.
A Testimonial Dinner is set in the evening today at Cebu Grand Convention Center where Outstanding Institutions and Individuals will be recognized wrapping up the celebration.
Cebu City Mayor Tomas R. Osmeña in his message said, “Where we are today is built upon the sacrifices of many who have come before us in their own little but dedicated ways. They have seen to it that our city will not only survive but also prosper, and I witnessed many of these events.”
“Today, we are giving special honor to the late Atty. Gervasio Lavilles who I remember ever since I was a small boy, it turns out that he was the man that did the work in the formation of the Cebu City Charter, as usual there are people who are claiming (naay mga tawo nga moangkon) but let us not take away credit where credit is due,” he said.
Meanwhile, during the Galleon Trade, Cebu was already a city known as “La Ciudad de Santissimo Nombre de Jesus.” Later after the Colonial period it became a Municipality of Cebu under the Cebu Provincial Government.
Then Cebu Municipal Councilor and Lawyer Gervasio Lavilles authored Municipal Resolution Number 185 passed on August 31, 1931 calling on the Senate and the House of Representatives to enact law converting the Municipality of Cebu into a City.
An independent Chartered City known as “Cebu City” was born merging the then 4 Municipalities such as El Pardo, San Nicolas, Mabolo and Cebu starting on February 24, 1937 by virtue of Commonwealth Act 58 and Republic Act 3857. The celebration is also observed as a holiday in the entire Cebu City pursuant to the Republic Act 7287.
The Mayor reiterated that in this walls and this ground thousands of Cebuanos have given up their lives to defend our city against the Spaniards, Americans and other foreign invaders, citing that each and every one of you without realizing has played a very important role in nation-building taking part as Cebu City has evolved to what it is today.
“This is what development is all about, it’s not someone standing here delivering a speech, it is each one of you doing your job, caring and reaching out and seeing to it that no one is left behind,” the Mayor stressed.
As Cebu City’s chief executive, Mayor Osmeña bared he embarked on the major challenge of recovering the city’s properties at the South Reclamation Project sold by the previous administration at a lower price and with glitches on it.
“I had to fight three major giants among the largest in the Philippines. I’m not going to tell you I am going to do my best but I’m going to tell you simply I will win and I will get it back for you because it is my dream that towards the end of my term, each and every one of our graduates from our public schools will get Fifty thousand pesos per semester so that they will be able to make a life for themselves and help for a better Cebu City,” he underscored.
The Mayor also asked everyone’s support for he claimed he cannot do it alone. I will tell you something, that at the end of the day when we will all come and gone we all must see to it that Cebu City must be better tomorrow than today, he pointed out.
He further shared that we are always somehow overwhelmed with the problems of our city and many people say how the city can solve the traffic problem, the garbage, drugs, poverty, and education.
“My answer is simply this, we do not solve problems but we just work on it every day and when we work on it every day we will see to it that tomorrow must be better than today and it is up to those of you who will carry over to us to continue to strive the same but never we will allow ourselves to move back but we must move ahead,” Mayor Osmeña concluded. (By: Greggy P. Senados/ City of Cebu, Public Information Office)
CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government’s online feedback mechanism dubbed as “Electronic Watch” or “e-Watch” has officially started its pilot operation in this Queen City of the South.
E-watch is a social accountability mechanism that generates voluntary feedback from citizens through information and communication technology to improve the information and service delivery of the Local Government Unit (LGU). It caters inquiries, complaints or commendations and will serve as a supplementary and complimentary e-mail-based platform of the government’s 8888 and 911 hotlines which only caters complaints and emergencies through calls respectively.
The project is piloted in at least 5 LGUs such as the cities of Cebu, Taguig, Cagayan de Oro and San Fernando in Pampanga, and the Municipality of Carmona in Cavite which were selected based on their readiness to implement e-governance project and other similar initiatives.
HOW AND WHO CAN USE e-Watch?
Anyone with an internet access and capable device (desktop, laptop, smartphones, tablet) can use the e-Watch. Individuals are required to register and create his or her own e-Watch account before being able to send a feedback.
Only the registered username will appear on the website for identity protection. Other required information for registration will not be shown and will only be used to inform the user about the status of his or her feedback.
HOW TO CREATE AN e-Watch ACCOUNT?
To create your e-Watch Account, in your web browser’s address bar, type http://ewatch.dilg.gov.ph/ then click the “Sign up” button located on the upper right side of the Homepage. Fill out the Member Registration Form and make sure you have read and agreed to the Terms and Policies of e-Watch before submitting the form. You can then click “Create Account” to submit the registration form. In a short while, you will receive an e-mail with subject “Activate your e-Watch Account.” In the link in your email click the phrase “Click here” to activate your account.
HOW TO SUBMIT FEEDBACK TO e-Watch?
To submit your feedback, in your web browser’s address bar, type http://ewatch.dilg.gov.ph/ then click the “Sign in” button located on the upper right side of the Homepage. Next, you can type your username and password then click Login. You can then click “Submit Your Feedback Online”, fill out the Feedback Format and click Submit Feedback.
HOW TO FILL-OUT e-Watch FEEDBACK FORM?
To fill-out e-Watch feedback form, you can choose the type of feedback you want to give: inquiry, complaint, or commendation. Then choose the local government unit where your feedback is addressed. Tick the subject of your feedback: Health Services, Public Work and Infrastructure, Support to Education, Environmental Management, Social Welfare Services, Agricultural Support Services, Governance and Response, and Tourism Promotion. You can then type the details of your feedback and optional only you can attach supporting documents related to your feedback. You can then click Submit Feedback.
This message will appear after you have submitted your feedback: “Thank you for your feedback! Your feedback has been submitted and we are already processing your message. Responses and updates will be sent via e-mail and will also be posted on the website.”
HOW DOES THE e-Watch WORK?
Feedback addressed to the local government unit will be reviewed by the DILG Central Office then by the Regional Office for proper response or endorsement to the concerned LGU.
Once the feedback is posted on the e-Watch website, it means the feedback has already reached the LGU where the feedback is addressed.
The sender of feedback will be notified via email and via his or her e-Watch account when the LGU has responded. The sender can comment or send another query after the LGU responded if he or she needs any further answer or clarification and it will undergo the same process of feedback submission.
If the e-Watch receives a feedback addressed to non-pilot LGUs, it will still be accommodated through the usual process of the DILG - Public Assistance and Complaints Center (PACC) because non-pilot LGUs do not have e-Watch accounts yet.
Feedbacks addressed to National Government Agencies, private sectors or non-government organizations are not covered by e-Watch. However, it will still be accommodated through the usual process of the DILG-PACC.
The project further aims to encourage citizens’ active participation as a means to make LGUs more responsive and efficient. The pilot testing is conducted in the last quarter this year to determine the feasibility of implementing it to a wider scale. (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados, Cebu City Public Information Office)
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