Archive for September, 2013

Bureau of Customs Davao posts P488.5 M collection in August

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 13, 2013 by cha monforte

sept  12-18, 2013

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

The Bureau of Customs Port of Davao collected a total of P488,494,281.57 worth of customs taxes and duties for the month of August 2013.

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It is 4 percent or P19,956,281.57, up from the agency’s target of the month, which was P468.53 million.

In the month, BOC Davao City ports have the highest cash collection totalling P428.89 million, which is 95.91 percent of the total collection.

BOC General Santos port followed with collection of P49.605 million, while and its Mati port collected P903,394.

The figures were as of August 30, 2013 towards noon.

BOC Davao OIC District Collector lawyer Edward James Dy Buco, in an interview, expressed confidence of the continuing target hits of BOC Davao Port for the next months ahead.

For the past five years, the BOC Port of Davao has consistently surpassed its assigned collection even as the entire Bureau of Customs and major ports in Metro Manila and other parts of the country failed to reach their target. In 2012 it collected P5.910 billion, which was ten percent over its assigned target collection of P5.378 billion. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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New City Hall’s canvass roofing needs some more stretching-City Engr. Corporal

Posted in Uncategorized on September 13, 2013 by cha monforte

aug 22-28, 2013

Tagum City Engineer Roosevelt Corporal bared that the new City Hall’s canvass roofing needs some more stretching and additional yards of it to be imported from China.

He told Valley & City Chronicle in an interview that the stretching of the roof’s canvass (trapal in bisaya) is a “difficult and risky” job, but he continued “we have already workers trained to do that.”

“Kulang pa, ug mopalit pa ta sa China,” he said referring to the canvass material needed to complete the roofing system of the new City Hall located at Barangay Apokon.

When typhoon Pablo struck last December 2012 it was only the GI sheets and common trapal temporarily placed on the roof for the previous musikahan festival and for temporary shade that were destroyed and blown away, the city engineer said.

“When I went to Singapore, didto ko na nagka idea why the canvass roofing is used in the new City Hall,” he said recalling that he saw there many small and medium buildings having canvass roofs.

The new City Hall structure was designed by Engr. Isolde Flores, an Australia-based engineer tapped as a consultant of the city government. Flores contract with the city government already ended.

Engr. Corporal added that several of the remaining works of the gigantic almost P1-billion worth new City Hall can be capably done “by administration,” meaning by the city government’s engineers and workforce such as the glass installation, ceiling works and part of the tile works.

The major works needed to complete the structure would still to be decided by the new administration of Mayor Allan Rellon as to whether it would be constructed by administration or by an outsider contractor, he said.

The new City Hall has still a funding of P231 million from loan, with which the city engineer said they would strive to finish the structure which has “70.15-percent physical accomplishment” at present.

Corporal rose from the ranks to become the city engineer last March 15 in his 14 years now of working with the city the government since 1999.

He started as project engineer as a single yet during the first interrupted term of former Mayor Rey Uy and subsequently served in various designations as maintenance engineer during the time of former Mayor Yayong Gementiza, as motorpool division head and then as industrial plant division head, and finally as city engineer succeeding Engr. Gilbert Mambulao during the three successive three terms of Uy. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

What if the illegitimate Daneco-CDA is outlawed?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 13, 2013 by cha monforte

aug 22-28, 2013

HASHTAGS BREW

By Cha Monforte

That’s the big question lingering in the minds of those innocent member-consumers who have paid to illegitimate Daneco-CDA. In the midst of the fight which is legal or not- Daneco-NEA or Daneco-CDA?- they chose to pay to the latter because of the low electricity rates it bills all because it does not include in its billing the penalties, surcharges, taxes and other rightful charges.

It appears now that when they paid to the illegitimate  Daneco-CDA they were paying the bill that has incorporated violations of taxation, ERC, NEA and BIR laws and rules, and hence unwitting member-consumers hoodwinked by the scheme to sway more members to the side of the illegitimate Daneco-CDA were innocently dragged by the ring leaders of coop putschists into breaking laws.

The problem in their payments to the illegitimate Daneco-CDA is that supposed power bill payments do not go for the payment of power obligations to PSALM, Therma Marine and NGCP. The so-called Daneco-CDA board chairman Abenir Labja nonetheless claimed during the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session last June 10 that for once it did pay NGCP, and so it paid only for once for the cost of power transmission, not of power supply.

It’s all but the Daneco-NEA that has been paying for the power supply obligations since the group dismissed by NEA for abuse of authority staged a sort of coup at the pretext of converting into stock cooperative July last year. Where have all the Daneco-CDA’s collections gone even as they claimed in their own press conferences and releases they have already audited financial statements, which particulars were not leaked to the media? Publish it and we’ll scrutinize.

The other big problem in the illegitimate faction’s carting away of Daneco’s functions, chief of these is the collection, is the generation of additional costs and burdens  such as the fat salaries of its management and consultants, honoraria and allowances of its board of directors, expenditures in the creation of idle barangay collection centers including the security guards and manpower manning these, the high costs of continuing suits and lawyers’ fees, the expenditures for the questioned series of referendum and general assemblies, expenses for their propaganda and media mileage and the untold costs to all those pro-Daneco-CDA campaigning in the barangays. They have less if not none for the power maintenance and capital investment expenditures?  If Labja claimed in that SP session that they averaged to collect P10-11 million a month, did most of this income go only to these activities that try to break, destroy and swallow up the mother legitimate entity, the Daneco-NEA leaving them so scarce to pay for its power supply obligations? The payments of the innocents did not go to the coffers of real Daneco (for now, comparatively called as Daneco-NEA).

What if the Court of Appeals rules to outlaw the Daneco-CDA faction? Come now the corollary questions:

1. Will those innocents who paid to Daneco-CDA  charge the coop putschist ring leaders to be responsible for all what they paid lesser and for the shortages that covered for the unbilled taxes, penalties and other due and rightful charges as all their payments to the Daneco-CDA are treated by the Daneco-NEA as still all payables?

2. If the payments of the innocents are considered, for consideration’s sake, what if the Daneco-CDA has actually charged basic and minimum rates lesser than what is charged by Daneco-NEA as approved by the ERC (that’s not counting the penalties, etc)?

3. Will the Daneco-NEA and NEA allow that all those expenses incurred by Daneco-CDA to break, destroy and swallow the mother unit up as just quits while their coop putschist ring leaders go scotfree and the former will just move on as one revived Daneco for peace’s sake, charged to experience, as long as the latter is dissolved?

The legitimacy of the Daneco-CDA has long been questioned while it has only blinking color of legality as when it first got CDA registration, that was subsequently temporarily suspended and then surprisingly lifted by one person only, the CDA chairman, even while there’s an existing Writ of Preliminary Injunction from the Court of Appeals, from where the temporary suspension of the CDA registration was premised on. Second, when it got an either-or ruling from RTC Branch 1 Judge Virginia Tehano-Ang, who – my momma- gave member-consumers the option where they would pay their electric bills to any of the two fighting factions, and hey, it’s just OK pending the resolution on the issue of legality and CDA registration. Third, when the good judge again ordered the BIR to give to her sala the BIR-authorized OR to be distributed to both even while the CA already ordered her to no longer make any further proceeding on six special proceeding cases relating Daneco to avoid more confusions and complications.

Evidently, Daneco-CDA’s claims of legitimacy can easily be shattered by the fact that it is not the entity recognized by the ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission) and its electric rates have not been approved by the ERC in the first place. Recently, the BIR vouched that it is only recognizing Daneco-NEA and not the so-called Daneco-CDA in the matter of printing and issuing official receipts. So Judge Ang has to cite BIR for contempt now? BIR’s affirmation followed the earlier recognition of other agencies such as the depository banks, the LGUs and all other national government agencies, which pay their electric bills to which else but Daneco-NEA. Daneco-CDA might have blinking color of legality, but it is not legitimate as it is not legitimately recognized by authorities.

More importantly, Daneco-CDA is not recognized by   the true father of electric coops nationwide- the NEA (National Electrification Administration), which is now given more supervisory, disciplinary and step-in powers after the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the  recent National Electrification Administration Reform Act of 2013 (Republic Act 10531), which amended the NEA Charter (Presidential Decree 269), was issued last week. Middle this month the IRR would become effective and we’ll expect a NEA takeover anytime soonest to One Daneco which has been ailed by its separatist part.

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TAGS & HASHES: Congrats to Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon for materializing the long-clamoured indigenous representation to the city sanggunian in the first monthsary of his new administration…. Last August 1, Datu Rudy Onlos, half Mansaka and half Mandaya in blood, took oath as the newest member of the City Council. It all takes a political will to do it. It was a historic first monthsary act of PDPian Mayor Rellon…. It appears that Gov. RDR pulled a fast one to the PCL election result when he caused for the entry of Datu Pandian to the SP. He put one more IP vote for the LP to still edge out the Busog Baryohanon’s 1 more PCL vote.

So naturalle Giovanni Rellon, new Tagum City administrator

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 13, 2013 by cha monforte

aug 22-28, 2013

“He is very much qualified for the position of the city administrator,” Tagum City human resource officer Edna Quilario vouched for Giovanni Rellon, youngest brother of City Mayor Allan Rellon during the question hour of the City Council session last Aug. 5.

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The HRMO chief said that the younger Rellon has been with the city government for 11 years- 6 years as private secretary I and as administrative officer III for the rest of the years, and “he met the minimum qualifications of 5 years relevant experience, 40 hours relevant training, and he is a holder of two civil service eligibilities, the sub-professional and professional.”

Giovanni has also a Master in Development Administration and Governance.
Giovanni thanked city councilors and the presiding Vice Mayor Boyet Gementiza, and spoke naturally to them: “Sa una ako ang nagalimpyo dire (session hall), now I’m standing before you.” He has long been a confidential staffer of his brother, then Vice Mayor and now Mayor Rellon.
He told them that he is given a big challenge by the mayor to become the “bridge” of the executive and legislative departments which “have different thrusts and goals.”
“Atong i-promote ang give-and-take in all departments in consultative way. Like in scouting, rewarding the employees, ma feel ang high morale sa mga kaubanan… mapalupad nato ngadto sa mga tawo the type of leadership of the mayor under his EAGLE WINGS Program,” he said.

He added that the mayor wanted him to continue what the latter did when he was the city administrator before.
He also said that the Rellon administration would be more friendly to the employees and would give reward to those who keep their job well done and would continue worthwhile employees’ activities of the previous administration like the sports clinic.

“I come from sa ubos, and I understand the plight of the employees. The more we are united, the more we are productive,” he said.

As to the area of personnel hiring and selection including personnel assignment and deployment, Rellon told the body they can expect fairness to him citing that political affiliation and preferences should not give away the productiveness of the employees.

He said that his office will look into the details and profile of the concerned employees and as long as “siya nag perform, productive ug dili boloy” they can be assured of fair treatment with the Rellon administration.

Moreover, Giovanni said that it is the mayor who finally decides though and the administrator’s office just supplies the mayor with “facts and we cite in favor to the employees kay gikan man ta sa mga empleyado.”

The younger Rellon got a nod of confirmation as the new city administrator who would “bridge” between the executive and legislative departments as councilors took turns congratulating and giving him words of encouragement and advices.

Councilor Macario “Bong” Bermudez, for his part, said that he has no question as to the capacity and qualification of Giovanni, “he is capable of doing what the mayor entrusted unto him, the job as the assistant mayor, an alter ego of the mayor.” (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Tito not keen on running again for Diwalwal brgy capt

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 13, 2013 by cha monforte

aug 22-28, 2013

Former barangay captain Franco Tito said in an interview that for the coming barangay polls he is not keen on running again to recapture the post of the barangay captain of Barangay Mt. Diwata (Diwalwal).

In an interview, he said that, “gikan na ko didto although ang mga tawo gusto nga mobalik ko pero di man makaya sa usa ka kapitan ang problema didto kay naa na sa national.”

He added that a Diwalwal barangay captain is facing a giant enemy. He recalled that during his time as a barangay captain he made “extra-legal” moves “pero ako ang nahulog nga samokan.”

But he said that in the last polls when he ran for vice governor, although he lost, he garnered “overwhelming support from the people bisag wa ko nangumpanya.”

“Nakita sa mga tawo nga naa koy baruganan, ug I proved nga dili tanang mga tawo nawong ug kwarta.”

Diwalwal’s barangay captain now is Rodolfo Boyles, Tito’s former barangay kagawad. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Panabo City Engr. Olandria: “More on light industrial devt for the next 3 years”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 13, 2013 by cha monforte

aug 22-28, 2013

Panabo City Engineer Glenn Olandria expressed optimism that under the third term of Silvosa administration infrastructure requirements for the coastal road of the city would be laid down through the city engineering office.
“For the next three years, it would be more on supporting for the light industrial development along the coastal road,” he said.

The coastal road runs from the city’s coastal barangays of JP Laurel to Cagangohan to La Paz in the neighboring Carmen town. It is alternate route to the congested highway section of the city.

City Engr. Olandria said that within the period efforts and resources would be focused to lay down power and water supply facilities along the coastal road while the DPWH implements its construction, upgrading, concreting of the road including the construction of concrete seawall.

Besides, the tourism department would be closely coordinated and accessed to step up tourism promotion for the coastal side of the road, he added.

The other infrastructure focus of the city government under the leadership of Mayor Jose Silvosa Sr is the concreting of all urban roads in the city, OLandria said. (Cha Monforte)

CONGW. MARICAR DEFENDS HER PA WAY KURAT ON P3 B PORK, ISSUES STATEMENT

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 13, 2013 by cha monforte

aug 22-28, 2013

Compostela Valley 1st District Congresswoman Maricar Zamora issued Tuesday, Aug. 20, a strongly worded statement to defend her beleaguered father ex-Cong. and Vice Governor Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, whom she said has been unfairly implicated by the “incompetence” of the Commission on Audit, which lumped all the P3 billion pork barrel in one SARO only to Way Kurat.

“ANG MALAKING PAGKAKAMALI SA PAGBILANG NG COA
Public Statement of Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora
20 August 2013
“The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it.
Let it loose. It will defend itself.”~ St. Augustine

Dear Friends, Colleagues and the Honorable Public,

In light of recent intrigues that my father, former three-term Representative, now Compostela Valley Vice-Governor, Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, received the incredible amount of more than P3 billion in 2007, I issue this statement to defend the honor of my father and the House of Representatives, both of whom have been dragged into a controversy not of their own making. The uproar is based on the recently released Commission on Audit Report No. 2012-03.

Though bruised by the hurtful story, but never unbowed, my father, Way Kurat, is not a bit disturbed at all. In fact, the first thing he did was to write both COA Commissioner Grace Pulido-Tan and DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson for documents. He asked COA for copies of the documents that were the basis of their report, and he also asked DPWH for all records that should show the status of implementation, and the supporting documents for the alleged P3B funding. While he was doing his own research, former DBM Secretary, now Cong. Rolando Andaya, Jr., came out in an interview with radio station DZBB, saying that Way Kurat is a victim of a clerical error in this mess. Cong. Andaya’s critical take is this: He says that the existence of the P3-B SARO is NOT at issue, but attributing it ALONE to Way Kurat IS. [You can follow this link for media coverage of Rep. Andaya’s interview: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/68818/p3-b-pork-puzzle–way-kurat-apparent-victim-of-clerical-error-says-ex-dbm-chief%5D

The lion of truth here is that NO SUCH ALLOCATION WAS EVER ISSUED TO WAY KURAT. Incumbent DBM Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, Jr., on his own, checked DBM records. He reported to us that Way Kurat is not to be faulted in this COA nonsense. In fact, Sec. Butch informed no less than President Noynoy Aquino that the P3B SARO COA attributed to Way Kurat is erroneous. Sec Butch found that TWO SAROs were issued bearing only ONE SARO number (A-07-09539):
a) one SARO was dated December 10, 2007, for P500,000 and addressed to the DPWH-Davao del Norte District Engineering Office to complete a Multi-Purpose Building at the Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum City, which should rightly be attributed to Way Kurat, and b) the other SARO was dated December 11, 2007, in the amount of P3B for DPWH Central Office for Preventive Maintenance of National Roads with a program of nationwide maintenance projects.

So that the public may know, that P3B went to ALL of the nation’s national roads through the DPWH, and not through my father’s office, not through our humble district, and NEVER to our pockets. You can follow this link to hear how even the DPWH has traced the controversial SARO number: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/174125/stateofthenation/dating-rep-way-kurat-zamora-itinangging-nakatanggap-na-p3b-pork-barrel; Interaksyon, in this link, broke the news of the clerical error committed by COA: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/68999/p3-billion-mistake–dbm-to-admit-clerical-error-over-rep–way-kurat-zamoras-bloated-pdaf, while GMA News broke the story on national television: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkgSZCLX7Ww

Even as I am certain that the truth will bear us out, as a daughter, I have been deeply hurt by the carelessness in the preparation, handling and dissemination of this report. My father was never notified of the audit, nor did the COA even attempt to coordinate its audit through my office—even though it is no secret that I am my father’s successor. The way this story has been reported without regard for what the data meant was ruthlessly damaging: “COA Chairman Grace Pulido-Tan, in making a case that the entire PDAF system was found to be porous, inefficient, and prone to graft and corruption, singled out, at one point of her presentation, the example of how one congressman supposedly had access to as much as P3-billion in pork barrel fund during the audited years.” [InterAksyon.com post “P3-BILLION ‘MISTAKE’ | DBM to admit ‘clerical error’ over Rep. ‘Way Kurat’ Zamora’s bloated PDAF” August 20, 2013 4:59 PM]

The “one congressman” COA Commissioner Tan singled out was my father, without any distinction as to what the PDAF was against the VILP, and most grievous of all, with no verification ever made. Everybody on social media lashed out; worse, media went on further with irresponsible reporting. Some media personalities asked residents here in Compostela Valley kung naramdaman ba nila na umabot sa kanila ang pondo—paano nga ba naman nila mararamdaman? If my own father was unaware of this funding, how much less would the ordinary Comvalenyo be?

The public, thirsty for blood, howled for my father’s head, all because COA issued a report without bothering to check its facts and records. Was the report issued to muddle current issues, to attack Congress? I can’t help but speculate, as we are helpless against the wave of anger over the misinformation. Ang pangalan na aming inalagaan ng buong buhay namin, nasira sa publiko sa isang iglap, dahil sa maling pagbalita ng COA. We spent years and our lives to real public service through transparent governance and consultative leadership, and not by wanton use of public funds. Ang tatay ko po kahit ang sariling damit na suot, ibibigay sa kahit sinong humingi nito sa kanya, ay pinaratangan nang pagbulsa ng tatlong bilyong piso. Ang kanyang mga apo—my sons—are now the objects of unwarranted anger and bullying, dahil inaakalang tinamasa nila ang katas nang pondong iyan.

All this pain and suffering has been brought upon our family because of COA’s ignorance and blunder. Even when my father is vindicated, our family will forever be unjustly associated with blind and baseless allegations of misuse of public funds. The damage has been done, and no amount of auditing and rectification by the COA can ever truly repair the humiliation, anguish and suffering our family has gone through because of its incompetence.

The greatest error here, is that COA, an institution which we are supposed to trust, has made a mistake so grievous as to show itself to be incompetent in releasing unverified and inaccurate reports. To wit, if COA could RELEASE a report in which it itself states that it never got around to securing ALL the necessary documentation, a report in which it could make such a glaring clerical error in wrongly attributing P3 billion to my father, how many more mistakes could be in that audit report? Where do we start finding out which is wrong, and which is not? Instead of a chance to find out the truth, all we have now is a cesspool of errors, mistakes, missing documents that may or may not have been issued just to malign Congress and the PDAF system. In the greater context we agree that the PDAF and its implementation always has room for improvement, but a witch-hunt founded on baseless investigation is not going to be of any help. No less than 21 auditors signed that report – did any of them bother to really check and truly explain why they were issuing such an incomplete report?

The COA is thus not infallible: its credibility and its role in the system of checks and balances is something I now deeply question. Former DBM Chief Rolando Andaya, Jr., and current DBM Secretary Butch Abad have both already debunked the COA report, and we patiently await the COA’s recognition and admission of its own mistake. This will at least right a wrong so grievously committed against my father and the House of Representatives as an institution. I am exceedingly grateful that the DBM Secretaries and even the Honorable Speaker Sonny Belmonte have all come forward to help clear Way Kurat’s name.

This scandal has wrongfully deflected our focus from the more compelling and warranted issues, all of which highlight the need for greater fiscal governance and accountability. Even so, we will continue our work, and we will let it speak for itself—rather than the tall tales of a careless auditor. The public and the Filipino people deserve no less than a true accounting of what happened from the autonomous body that holds us, as public employees and servants, accountable for what we do. I have every faith that truth shall prevail, and it will set all of us free.”