MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso stated in his State of the City Address on Monday that the administration of former Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has failed to give him the city government documents and records.
In front of Manila City Council, Domagoso said that the previous administration promised to provide the said records on June 21, Friday. But by June 28, the last day of regular office came and the records were not handed to the incoming administration.
According to Domagoso, he personally approached Estrada’s team because he “wanted a unified city”; since he humbly reached the other party he thought that the former mayor would “sense” his sincerity but he failed.
In his speech, he showed the number zero to the crowd which indicated the number of documents and records he received from Estrada. “Ito ang katayuan ng pamahalaang Lungsod ng Maynila (This is the current status of Manila City Government),” Domagoso stated.
“Ni-isang pirasong dokumentong pampubliko pinagkait pa sa amin (Every single public document was kept from us),” the Mayor-Elect added.
The Mayor-Elect expects the past administration to hand over the needed documents on July 2. These documents include Comprehensive Development Plan, Annual Investment Plan, Local Government Investment Plan, Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Executive Legislative Plan, Capability Development Plan, Executive-Legislative Plan, Executive Orders, Commission on Audit Report (CY 2018), Contracts and Loan Agreements, and Governance Assessment Report.
He also asks the other party to transfer the reports on debt, budget, cash flow, procurement, and local disaster risk reduction management fund utilization.
Domagoso reminded his councilors that there is a time for politics but there is a lot of time do public service. (CA/LON)