Labella cancels city hall X’mas party


Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella diverted the P5 million budget for the celebration of Christmas party for city hall employees to the purchase of goods as “gifts” to sectors greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have decided that there will be no Christmas party as a gesture of sympathy in these difficult trying times,” said Labella.

The mayor said there are a lot of affected sectors in the city that need assistance. (

These include the traditional jeepneys drivers, ambulant vendors, and other workers who lost their jobs because of the pandemic.

The P5 million will be spent for the purchase of rice and canned goods, according to Labella.