How many cars does City Hall have?
Cebu City Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias called on the city’s Government Services Office (GSO) to conduct an inventory of city-owned vehicles aged seven years and more.
The councilor said the inventory will determine if it’s practical to dispose of these units to save on maintenance cost. But Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama isn’t keen on disposing the aging cars.
He said there are vehicles aged seven years old that are not as worn out as those purchased recently. “I will make a directive not to pursue it (disposal of vehicles based on its age) in haste,” Rama said.
Rama said there are even reconditioned vehicles that are in much better shape that those recently bought.
He directed City Administrator Lucelle Mercado to take charge of the inventory.
Rama said having poorly-maintained vehicles is an indication of poor administration of the city’s affairs by its city administrator and the mayor.
Commission on Audit (COA) Circular No. 2003-007 issued on December 11, 2003 said transportation equipment particularly motor vehicles are serviceable only for seven years.
Cabarrubias introduced a resolution during the council’s Wednesday session asking GSO to look into the city’s compliance with the circular.
The Cebu City government has 179 vehicle units aged seven years old or older. Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos said most of the city’s vehicles are quite old.
“This has serious repercussions because I’m scared that the services of the city might be hampered, unless the city will buy new ones,” she said.
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