CITY COUNCILOR (May 2007-May 2010)
After his stint as the first barangay chairman in the Philippines to offer barangay services online, Roberto was elected councilor of Cebu City (South District) in 2007. He served as the Chairman of the Committee on Information Technology, sponsoring initiatives to lower government spending through the use of technology and open source system. A proponent and supporter of e-governance for increased transparency and improved information dissemination for true people empowerment, he initiated the following projects:
- School internet connection at Barangay Sudlon II
- IP cameras within Cebu City Hall
- Cebu City Medical Clinic (CCMC) Information Technology Infrastructure
- Office of the Building Official (OBO) Information System
- Remote Tax Collection
An electrical engineer by profession, Hon. Cabarrubias was also the Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Energy, Transportation, Communication and Other Utilities, initiating the first ever power forum in Cebu to facilitate dialogue between consumers and players in the power industry. Also a member of the Committee on Infrastructure, he was instrumental in the electrification of mountain barangays. To address the ill effects of power outages on the effective delivery of services, the project of maintaining a stand-alone generator for the Legislative Building of the city was being undertaken through his efforts.
He was likewise a member of the Committee on Barangay Affairs and the Committee on Social Services, where he devoted time for the entertainment of people and the feeding of children in the different barangays. His feeding program has resulted in the distribution of rice to the mountain barangays through the assistance of the National Food Authority (NFA). He was also a member of the Committee on Laws, Public Accountability, and Good Governance and of the Committee on Urban Planning and Development.