MAASIN CITY – The Department of Agriculture will download P100 million in abaca industry rehabilitation fund to Sogod LGU contrary to what DA secretary Manny Pinol has said during a gathering of farmers organization in Sogod, Southern Leyte last week.
The Agriculture secretary was in Sogod July 14 upon the invitation of former vice governor Sheffered Tan and Emmy Tan, reelected mayor of Sogod. Sheffered ran and lost to come backing Gov. Damian Mercado. Pinol claimed that Sheffered is a close friend of his younger brother.
In a press conference at the mayor’s office after addressing the farmers, Pinol committed that P100 million of the P2Billion left unspent by the DA will be used to rehabilitate Abaca industry in region 8, composed of six provinces in Samar and Leyte islands.
He said that all the money will be disposed before December “or else it go back to the national treasury.”
“It’s up to Sogod how fast they can produce the “inusa” variety,” said Pinol when asked if the amount will all be for Sogod.
He pointed out that P50M is allotted for the immediate procurement of planting materials. “This is however, a plant now pay later program”
He informed that President Rody Duterte knew about his coming to the province. Duterte was born in Maasin City. A decade ago, the abaca industry in the province was wiped out by bunchy top.
In a separate audience with Gov. Mercado, Vice Gov. Christofer Yap and all the mayors aside from Tan, the DA secretary said the same about the allocation intended for Eastern Visayas.
However, in article published in the DA website, the secretary said initial funding of P100 million (M) will be downloaded to LGU of Sogod through its Mayor Imelda U. Tan.
It was also reported in two other media outlets.
The reported downloading of the amount to Sogod LGU, doesn’t sit well with other provincials officials. They were asking why when the Secretary had said it will for Eastern Visayas.
When sought for his comment on Wednesday, Pinol in mobile interview told the Inquirer “what’s wrong with that?”
He added, “I can assure you that the P100M will not go into somebody’s pocket other than what it is intended for. And besides, they were the ones (Tans) who organized the abaca farmers.”
“Please don’t put political colors into our program. It will not be good for the LGUs.”
At the press conference in Sogod he had said in the presence of Mayor Tan, “local political divisiveness has taken its toll on me although I understand being a former local politician. After here I will be with another audience telling the same thing when I should be telling this at one time.”
6th July 2016
Butchoy intensifies; to boost habagat in south Luzon, Visayas Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 6, 2016, 6:39 am
(By Frances Mangosing, Jaymee T. Gamil; Philippine Daily Inquirer, 6 July 2016, 06:39 AM)
The satellite photo from Pagasa shows Typhoon ‘Butchoy’ swirling at the right of Luzon. Habagat clouds can be seen clustered over parts of the Visayas and much of Mindanao. PAGASA PHOTO
Typhoon Butchoy (international name: Nepartak) gained strength early Wednesday as it continued its northwest track.
The typhoon packed maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 220 kph, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said at 5 a.m.
Butchoy was last tracked 1,010 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan and maintained its speed of 30 kph northwest.
Pagasa noted that while “Butchoy” has intensified, it maintains its speed and direction.
REGRETTABLY, the conversation between President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and the news media has turned sharp and shrill. All but lost in the noise is the two parties’ common duty in law and tradition to serve and to inform the Filipino people on issues, events and policies that affect their interest and welfare.
A president—all at once the chief executive, fount of foreign policy, manager of the national household, guardian of peace and order, commander of the uniformed services, and arbiter of policy conflicts—is the most important pivot of news and policy in the land. The President is mandated by law to lead the nation and to promote transparency, accountability, and good governance.
But the Constitution also upholds the citizens' rights to free speech, free press, free expression, and peaceable assembly. It guarantees as well their right to due process, equality before the law, access to information, justice, and life.
Arroyo asks SC to dismiss plunder case and set her free Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 25, 2016, 8:29 pm
(By Jeffrey A. Damicog & Rey G. Panaligan, 25 June 2016)
Former President and re-elected Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to resolve her petitions on her P366-million plunder case involving funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) pending with the Sandiganbayan.
Arroyo elevated to the SC three issues -- the denial to post bail, determination of probable cause, and demurer to evidence.
A check with the SC showed that these issues may be tackled in next week’s full court session.
In a motion filed last Thursday, Arroyo pleaded the SC to resolve immediately her petition to dismiss her plunder case through a demurer to evidence after the Office of the Ombudsman has started investigation on a new complaint for plunder and malversation of public funds also in connection with the PCSO funds from 2004 to 2007.