Mayor Michael Rama has been advised by the DILG to develop and prioritize the establishment of new resettlement areas in Cebu City and to pursue slum upgrading for urban settlers before uprooting them from their locations.
DILG Director III Atty. Jesus Doque had sent a letter to Rama’s office , but the mayor said yesterday he has not received it yet.
Rama said that there is no need for the DILG officials to remind him of the government’s policy on how to evict the informal settlers because he knows about it.
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima has turned down Mayor Michael Rama’s request to retain acting City Treasurer Ofelia Oliva in Cebu City
Bureau of Local Government Finance Executive Director Ma. Presentacion Montesa, in a letter dated July 14, informed Rama of the denial of his request. It was not explained in the letter why the mayor’s request was turned down.
In his undated letter to Purisima, South Rep. Tomas Osmeña asked the DOF to transfer Oliva to another LGU citing “exigency of the service and to uphold the moral integrity of the DOF."