Barely a week after Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia’s suspension, several big bills have arrived at the Capitol for payment.
Provincial Treasurer Roy Salubre told acting Gov. Agnes Magpale the provincial government is short of cash to settle all of them.
In a press conference, Salubre said the bills are for purchased Suroy-Suroy mini buses, food catering services, construction supplies and other items which total more than P200 million.
Provincial Board Member Peter John Calderon, chairman on the budget and appropriations committee said the province hasn’t reached its target income for 2012 and is short of funds.
When Magpale was installed as acting governor last Dec. 19, she said her first priority was to review the status of the Capitol’s finances.
“Let’s start the year right. We will prioritize our spending, identify the problems so we can find solution,” Magpale told reporters.
A total of of 26 air-conditioned tourism buses worth P2.6 million each were purchased under the E-Gwen program to support the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo tourism program./ Reporter Ador Mayol and Correspondent Carmel Loise Matus