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NEWS: Mayor, 8 others face Ombudsman suit over P90 M bond flotation project in Compostela Valley

Posted in Alfonso Tabas, bond flotation, Charlie "Cha" Monforte, Cheryl Asion, councilor raul caballero, Darwin Tan, editha arangcon, Eduardo Menoza, Emilio delos Reyes, Felipe Masambo, Iluminada Cabuga, Jennifer Gamao, Preferred Ventures Corporation, RTC Branch 3 Judge Hilarion Clapis Jr, Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin, Vivencia Secuya with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2009 by cha monforte

aug 24

The entire town officialdom except for three opposing councilors in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley were charged of graft case at the Office of Ombudsman for Mindanao by a journalist and community leader for pursuing the P90-million bond flotation intended to fund the construction of a new public market building.

Charlie “Cha” Monforte, correspondent of Philippine News Agency, Business Mirror and local dailies, and Emilio delos Reyes, a president of a local parents-teachers association, charged in their joint complaint affidavit filed Thursday at the Ombudsman that Nabunturan Mayor Macario Humol, Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin and his seven councilors favoring the project have allegedly committed gross violations to Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for failing to conduct public bidding in getting the services of the Preferred Ventures Corporation as the financial advisor/consultant of the bond flotation.

Respondent councilors of the case were Darwin Tan, Iluminada Cabuga, Eduardo Menoza, Vivencia Secuya, Cheryl Asion, indigenous peoples’ representative Felipe Masambo and Sangguniang Kabataan representative Jennifer Gamao.

Monforte and Delos Reyes have earlier prayed a petition for preliminary injunction and restraining order at the Regional Trial Court-Branch 3 in Nabunturan in trying to stop the implementation of Municipal Ordinance No. 2008-10 approving the P90-million bond flotation scheme.

RTC Branch 3 Judge Hilarion Clapis Jr has yet to rule on their petition.

For opposing the local bond float since early last year, Councilors Raul Caballero, Alfonso Tabas and Editha Arangcon were spared from the complaint.

The complainants stated that under the project Preferred Ventures Corp. is guaranteed a consultancy fee of P2.37 million and its project engagement “is not limited to advisory and review services but also includes pre-investment, feasibility, design, construction supervision, management and related services and other technical services and special studies”.

They claimed that even without the “legislative enactment, ordinance or resolution to hire a financial consultant and advisor for the municipality’s infrastructure project, Mayor Humol proceeded to enter into Memorandum of Agreement with Preferred Ventures” and “(it) became an automatic financial consultant/advisor without passing through the bidding procedure as required by law”.

They charged that the MOA signed on February 14, 2008 “is illegal and void ad initio” and that despite this, Humol proceeded also to conduct a pre-bid conference last May 15 for the construction of the public market building.

They also claimed that the bond flotation option is “grossly disadvantageous to the government” as even found out in the comparative study made earlier by the town’s Local Finance Committee (LFC) which recommended for a direct bank borrowing than the local bond float as in the latter “there are undetermined expenses that will result in problems in the budgeting and accounting process later”.

The LFC also stated in its study that under a loan from government financial institution “the cost of borrowing will be properly stated and easily provided in the budget” aside from the fact that “easier terms can be negotiated with the depository bank”.

Moreover, the complainants stated that as found out by the LFC “the LGU of Nabunturan will already spend (P39.6 million) on interest payment alone” under the bond float scheme “compared to only a projected total interest payments for GFI borrowing at (P30.9 million) for the same period of time”.

The complainants also charged that based on the approved final feasibility study made by Preferred Ventures Corp the monthly stall rental for a 10-square meter space could shoot up to P10,500 rate, and at that  “unconscionable rate” lowly market vendors whose stalls were burned over three years ago could no longer afford and face the spectre of being displaced from their long source of livelihood.

With that rate and to make the project feasible, self-liquidating as well as income-generating instead “in sum, the proposed public market building supposedly funded through the much-ballyhooed ‘bond flotation’ would be anti-poor and anti-people,” the complainants stated in their complaint affidavit to the Ombudsman. (RUN)


NEWS: 117 Nabunturan youths take Iskolar ni Raul exams for 4-year course

Posted in asds antonio delos reyes, councilor raul caballero, international peace leadership college, nabunturan with tags , , on April 25, 2009 by cha monforte

april 8

Some 117 new high school graduates, mostly belonging to the Top 10 of their class, in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley yesterday took the competitive qualifying examinations in the search for the 30 Iskolar ni Raul for four-year course in the International Peace Leadership College (IPLC) at Antipolo City starting in the coming academic year 2009-2010.

Creme dela creme, the best and the brightest of Nabunturan- some 117 new high school graduates, mostly belonging to the Top 10 of their class, in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley take the competitive qualifying examinations yesterday for the 30 Iskolar ni Raul for 4-year course at the International Peace Leadership College (IPLC), Antipolo City for the coming school year. Inset is Councilor Raul Caballero. (photo by Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

Creme dela creme, the best and the brightest of Nabunturan- some 117 new high school graduates, mostly belonging to the Top 10 of their class, in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley take the competitive qualifying examinations yesterday for the 30 Iskolar ni Raul for 4-year course at the International Peace Leadership College (IPLC), Antipolo City for the coming school year. (photo by Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

The examinees who took the exam were considered as Nabunturan’s creme dela creme and best and the brightest of this year’s batch of high school graduates as they were either having 85 percent or above average grade, or Top 10 of the class or student leaders.

The IPLC scholarship grants accessed through the initiative of Nabunturan councilor Raul Caballero would provide free tuition fee worth over P32,000 per semester, free dormitory and student assistanceship for free board and lodging of the chosen scholars. They would also have the opportunity to go to US and other countries in Asia for youth leadership training and fellowship once they graduate.

The courses offered under scholarship are Bachelor of Science in Journalism, BS in Politics and Governance, BS in Philosophy Program, BS in Secondary Education,  major in English or in Values Education, and BS in Business Administration, major in Marketing, in Entrepreneurial Development or in Human Resource Management.

Before yesterday’s start of examinations held at NNCHS, Councilor Caballero challenged examinees never to waver from their aspirations to get education saying that education has remained to be the key and proving element in improving the lot of especially impoverished families in the country.

Caballero is also funding from all of his salaries as councilor the schooling of some 45 scholars who have just completed the first year of the two-year computer programming course in Nabunturan College of Science and Technology.

Yesterday’s examination was administered by Comval assistant schools division superintendent Antonio Delos Reyes, also the vice president of the Mesael Caballero Foundation, Inc., a nongovernment organization, which coordinates and administers the Iskolar ni Raul program. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Nabunturan DILG exec faces persona non grata charge

Posted in abito bernasor dilg comval, councilor raul caballero, evan pascua dilg, nabunturan, nabunturan news, nabunturan officials with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2008 by cha monforte

For not replying to request of town dad for a year

oct 20

NABUNTURAN-  A local official of the Department of Interior and Local Government here assigned at the municipal hall is facing a resolution in the Sangguniang Bayan declaring him as as persona non grata for not responding to several requests of a councilor for over a year now until at press time.

Councilor Raul Caballero filed last week a resolution declaring municipal local government operations officer of Nabunturan Evan Pascua such for alleged conduct unbecoming as a government officer pursuant to Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The resolution is already at that hands of Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin and is expected to be calendared in tomorrow’s SB session.

Caballero charged that on Sept 3, 2007 he requested Pascua for an opinion relevant to the procedure in rendering a committee report but it was not responded.

The councilor questioned as “erroneous” the particular procedure of the Sangguniang Bayan of discussing and approving any committee report without first adopting it.

The practice has been running as a wayward procedure compared to other local sanggunians for 15 years, leaving always having no items in the unassigned business of the day, sources said.

On October 1, 2007 Caballero made a follow up letter reiterating the same. Still Pascua did not reply.

On September 25 this year Caballero sent another letter on the same matter to DILG provincial director Abito Bernasor but his office refused to receive it and instead it was referred to the municipal mayor’s office for the same to be received.

Caballero’s resolution stated that it was more than a year that Pascua “is adamant to answer the request” in alleged violation to the 15-day period provision of RA 6713 for all government officials and employees to act promptly on letters and requests from the public.

“The actuations shown by (Pascua) constituted disrespect and conduct unbecoming of government officer not only to the requisitioning official but to the entire people of Nabunturan,” portion of the letter stated.

Efforts of Sidlak to reach Pascua for comments proved futile. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: P90 M bond float in Nabunturan being junked?

Posted in comgressman rommel amatong, cong. bobong amatong, councilor raul caballero, nabunturan mayor macario humol with tags , , , , on October 17, 2008 by cha monforte

Humol does not mention controversial project in town’s festival opening

oct 16
The controversial P90-million bond flotation project pushed by Nabunturan Mayor Macario Humol during his last term appears to be turning either a hot potato, otherwise it appears to be junked as local officials never mentioned a single word of it during yesterday’s opening of the town’s 14th Simballay Festival.
In his keynote speech, instead Humol drumbeat on his administration’s recent accomplishments such as the P13-million integrated agricultural center in 5.6-hectare municipal land at Barangay Saosao where the farmers’ training center building and new slaughterhouse were inaugurated yesterday before noon after the parade and program at the municipal gym in the public market area.
He called on for continued unity of the people and prayed for paying of respect to one another.
He thanked Cong. Rommel “Bobong” Amatong, who was present, for the P1 million financial contribution from his congressional office for the slaughterhouse project.
Guests present during the festival’s opening included Dept. of Agriculture regional director Roger Chio, provincial senior executive assistant Belo Melendres, who represented Gov. Arturo Uy, who was accordingly on barangay sortie at faraway Panganason in Pantukan, and other municipal officials.
Humol however capped his speech with parting words, “what we have started must be completed.”
He finally recognized in public the donation of Councilor Raul Caballero of an ambulance unit to the municipal government, twice thanking the latter in his speech.
Caballero donated an ambulance he got from his South Korean friends for humanitarian purpose last May and for almost five months now the unit is still being held at the town’s motorpool and is prevented from running as the majority in the council including Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin allegedly did not want it to run “due to politics”.
Clarin and Caballero have been reported to be both aspiring for the mayoral post by 2010.
With the holding on of the ambulance, it was even prevented from running during the July 3 bombing of Park and Go bakeshop which killed three persons and injured 14 others.
It was strange that the donee Caballero, who only wanted to realize one of his campaign promises, was even lengthily questioned by several collegues about the legality of the papers of his ambulance, “that’s why it is still not allowed to run,” said Councilor Alfonso “Jun” Tabas, another opposition councilor.
Yesterday, Caballero drove an ambulance with the same brand and looks to the one left in standby at the motorpool during the parade saying that it was meant for the public to know on the plight of his donated ambulance.
Also in yesterday’s affair, Clarin did not utter about the ambitious municipal bond float, which last Sept. 25 was formally opposed when about 200 petitioners filed a people’s initiative petition to the local sanggunian in their bid of having the controversial ordinance approving the bond float directly repealed by the people pursuant to the pertinent provisions of the New Local Government Code of 1991.
Petitioners led by Caballero charged that the P90-million bond float is exorbitant, extravagant and grossly disadvantageous to the government.
Amatong yesterday announced he would be infusing P15 million for roads in Nabunturan and other infrastructures in Nabunturan. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: People’s initiative petition filed vs. LGU P90 M bond flotation in Compostela Valley town

Posted in councilor raul caballero, mayor humol with tags , , , , , , on September 25, 2008 by cha monforte

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley- The people’s initiative petition seeking to repeal the controversial ordinance approving the P90-million bond flotation project of the municipal government of this town was finally filed to the local sanggunian Wednesday.

The bond flotation seeks to fund for the construction of a new public market building.

The Nabunturan initiative petition runs as the first test case in the exercise of people’s initiative in Mindanao as provided by the Constitution while only a couple of cases have been reportedly made in Luzon.

The petitioners led by Councilor Raul Caballero were composed of the authorized representatives of the petition, youth leaders, and representatives of public market vendors, who have since been apprehensive of being dislocated once the project is materialized.

Antonio M.I. Mencidor, one of the authorized representatives of the petitioners, said that their petition is not meant to obstruct development but stop the extravagant, exorbitant and expensive bond flotation project.

He added that the municipal bond float was rejected even by the town’s Local Finance Committee for its “uncertain terms”.

The petition seeks to repeal Municipal Ordinance No. 2008-10 which approved the P90-million bond flotation pushed by Mayor Macario Humol, Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin and eight of the eleven town councilors.

Also opposing the project are Councilors Alfonso Tabas Jr and Editha Arangcon.

Lead counsel of the initiative petitioners is Atty. Dexter Lopoz.

Petitioners stated that under Sections 120, 121 and 122 of the Local Government Code of 1991, local Initiative is resorted to or initiated by a minimum of 100 registered voters of the municipality directly in order “to repeal a clearly oppressive and grossly disadvantageous local ordinance which if not repealed will result to great wastage to taxpayers’ money, dissipate the coffers of the local government unit and more importantly, displace hundreds of market vendors from the said facility resulting to loss of income, loss of jobs and grievous economic injuries to the ordinary citizens of Nabunturan”.

They charged that “the nature of bond flotation with its floating rates of interest plus the numerous underwriting, trusteeship, guarantee and consultancy fees (all of which are recurring expenses save for the one-time consultancy fee of P2,700,000.00), the actual cost of bond flotation and its ensuing operations cost cannot be fully ascertained”.

They stated that compared to bond flotation, a loan from a Government Financial Institution (GFI) has the “cost of borrowing properly stated and easily provided in the budget” aside from the fact that “easier terms can be negotiated with the depository bank”.

They charged that as found out by the LFC during the two (2) years while the public market is under construction, the LGU of Nabunturan will already spend P39,600,000 on interest payments alone as compared to only a projected total interest payments for GFI borrowing at P30,933,750 for the same period of time.

For among these, the petitioners charged the “whopping P9,000,000 difference in interest payments making the bond flotation project prove to be grossly disadvantageous to the government”. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)