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 CIMATU HINTING ABOUT CEBU CITY GOING GCQ NEXT. IATF overseer for the city Roy Cimatu reportedly said there's "a big possibility" for Cebu City to shift to general quarantine starting August 1, a Public Information Agency story said Wednesday, July 22.
"We are making progress now because of contact tracing," Cimatu told local business leaders Tuesday.
 METRO MANILA MIGHT GO MECQ. That speculation of MM shifting from the current GCQ runs rampant in the wake of the case doubling rate in the Metro reaching eight days and critical care utilization rate increasing. Looking like Cebu City in the first half of July.
Six 'Soca' sidelights
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella topped his state-of-the-city address before the City Council with promise to generate "jobs, jobs, jobs" amid the pandemic in which the city is still reeling and to prepare its residents for "the new normal."
Labella delivered his first Soca -- which in Cebuano-Bisaya also means "vomit" -- before the City Council Wednesday, July 22. He was wearing a mask, explaining at one point that he was in a public place and protocol demanded it. Most of the councilors were in their homes, joining the ceremony by tele-conference technology.
The story in which the mayor specified a 10-point agenda (including education, flood control, business, traffic and garbage, the city hospital, Carbon market, and Covid response) is in other sections of the news outlet. But here are some interesting sidelights:
 "HONORABLE." The mayor prefaced his speech by calling out each member of the City Council, using the word "Honorable" before each name. President Duterte has dropped the honorific title in official communications, prompting other government officials to follow suit. What Labella appeared to follow Duterte was the "build build build" project. In announcing his program to create jobs, he also said the word in Cebuano three times, "Trabaho trabaho trabaho."
 PARENTS OF THE CITY. The metaphor of the mayor being the "father of the city" is a favorite of many chief executives, including President Duterte who says he is "the father of the nation." Mayor Labella is no exception and he said it in his 2020 Soca.
What does that make of Vice Mayor Mike Rama? Rama, as presiding officer, thanked Labella after the Soca, and there he gave his role. "And I am the mother," Mike said.
They are presumptively married, which must have a number of rocky moments during this period of the epidemic. "Papa, mama, stop quarreling," their children are supposed to tell them.
 CREDIT TO THE CITY COUNCIL. Mayor Labella thanked the City Council at least twice for its "support" to the campaign against coronavirus.
But no mention of its participation in policy-making or forging of strategies to contain Covid-19. Earlier, at one time, Rama publicly complained about the councilors being shut out of the campaign. "The executive department asks for money. We give the money, then we are ignored," Mike said.
Well, the mayor in the Soca acknowledged the City Council's help -- in providing the money.
 CITY PURCHASES. Mayor Labella enumerated a lot of purchases of City Hall as part of the anti-Covid-19 response, including 20,000 rapid test kits, 500,000 surgical face masks, and two negative-pressure ambulances solely for coronavirus patients.
No, 1,000 donated "tu-ob" or steam inhalation kits worth P2.5 million were not included in the mayor's list of accomplishments.
 ADMISSION OF FALLING DOWN. Labella said, "We fall down. We kneel," an admission of mistakes or inadequacies, but "all of us holding each other up, supporting one another."
 "GRABE ANG MGA ATAKE," the mayor said in effect but as "father of the city," "we have to continue to soldier on."
Labella didn't name the critics and the "obstructionists," nor the issues raised against his administration.
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