‘Wasteful’

Use of P750-M windfall angers N. Vizcaya folk

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya–Local officials and civil society leaders here have expressed outrage over the alleged extravagant spending of the P750 million which the provincial government collected last year from the foreign owners of a multi-million irrigation and power project in upland Alfonso Castañeda town.

This developed following reports that town officials of Alfonso Castañeda purchased a fleet of sports utility vehicles from the town’s share of real property taxes worth P337.5 million last year.

“This is a total disgrace to these local officials who are now spending the money at will for their own benefit and enjoyment,” said human rights lawyer Ernesto Salunat.

Board member Patricio Dumlao Jr., said that in early December 2009, the town government of Alfonso Castañeda acquired 14 brand new units of Nissan Navara valued at P1.3 million each, two units of Nissan Urvan also costing about P1.3 million each and two units of Toyota Fortuner, said to be worth P1.6 million each.

The total cost of the purchase would be about P24 million.

The vehicles were reportedly issued to each of the town’s elected officials, chiefs of offices, barangay captains, including the town’s education officials.

“There are restrictions set forth by our laws, as well as administrative orders issued by the CoA (Commission on Audit) and DBM (Department and Budget and Management) involving the purchase of vehicles. In this case, I think they (town officials) went overboard,” Dumlao said.

This writer repeatedly tried but failed to reach Alfonso Castañeda mayor Jerry Pasigian through his mobile phone.

The Alfonso Castañeda government made the purchases in December after it got its share from the partial payment of P750 million by California Energy-Casecnan, the US company that owns and operates the Casecnan Multi-Purpose Power and Irrigation Project (CMIPP) there.

Pursuant to the local government code, the amount was to be shared among the provincial, town and barangay governments where the CMIPP is located. The other half comprises the special education fund, which is to be shared between the provincial and town governments.

CE Casecnan paid the amount under a compromise agreement it entered into with the provincial government of Nueva Vizcaya, in an effort to stave off the auction of the CMIPP due to tax debts totaling P1.7 billion, according to lawyer Leslie Costales, provincial special legal officer.

The US firm, however, made the payment under protest.

Costales said the provincial legal office has given pieces of advice to Alfonso Castañeda officials on what to do with the money.

“Whether they abide would still be entirely up to them,” he added.

Salunat said he will file graft charges against local officials who were responsible for the purchase of vehicles.

“We cannot allow this indiscriminate spending of people’s money. There are many people who are starving, who cannot even afford to eat three straight meals a day. Yet, here come public officials who waste people’s money by buying these luxury vehicles,” he said.

Dumlao expressed concern that Alfonso Castañeda officials may have been following the lead of the provincial government in a buying spree of luxury vehicles, citing the fleet of sports utility vehicles that have also been bought by the province last year.

He cited a DBM circular which limits the purchase of vehicles only to ambulances, fire trucks, vehicles for mass transport and other utility vehicles only when these are necessary in the interest of public service.

“How can (these officials) claim now that these vehicles would be used for the delivery of basic services to the people?” he asked.

Acting provincial treasurer Rhoda Moreno said Alfonso Castañeda’s share was released in full after they had submitted supplemental budget that was required by the provincial government. She, however, did not furnish reporters a copy of the document, saying she did not have it.

She said the use of the town’s share was the prerogative of local officials.#

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5 thoughts on “‘Wasteful’

  1. Yang (edited) talgang mayor Pasigian na yan at timawa eh, sobra sobrang magnakaw sa pera ng bayan. Mahiya naman kayo sa balot nyo mga (edited). Sobra na kayo, ni walang nagawang proyekto sa bayan ng Castaneda yan si Jerry Pasigian, ang alam lang nyan ay busugin ang kanyang sarili. Tingnan nyo ang Munisipyo ng Castaneda sa kanyang tangapan, ginawa na nyang bahay. Tama ba na may mga nakatambak na labahin, may namamalansta ng damit, may nagkakainan sa loob ng tangapan ng isang Alkalde? Tingnan ninyo kung paano binababoy ni Jerry Pasigian ang bayan ng Alfonso Castaneda, nakakasuka, at nakakahiya ang Castaneda, pwe!

  2. hi islaw, nakaw b? poor guy you are, tumingin k s kpligiran s bayan ng alfonso castaneda, masama loob u kasi npk laki ng ini unlad hindi b? bitter k kasi ngayon lng nangyari yan s panahon n nsayanng n dapat mtgl ng maunlad ang bayan n yan, bumalik k dun, pag masdan mo at nam namin ang kaunlaran, wag mainggit s kapwa,,, masama yan, pagbbyaran laht s s harap ng DIYOS laht ng hindi magandang icipin at paratang s kapwa,, hayaan mo ng umunlad and bayan n yan, kung tga dun k, makiisa s knila s halip n mainggit s kanila, God Bless to all the people of that municipality, may takot cla s diyos,

  3. one more thing as i am reading this again for 2nd time, let me clear lots of information i know, gusto mo isa isahin ko kya lng hindi kksya s page kya konti n lng. s nkaraang 9 yrs ung nk purchase n gmit ng munisipyo nkpangalan s iisang tao ky ex mayor, ung nareceive n 250 million nuon nkpngaklan s iisang tao, tpos, ung nkaraang mayor ung pera ng special education fund ay ginawa nilang castillo foundation, but now lehitimong educational fund, s past 9 years wlng mgtiwalang doctor s mayor namin kya mhirap ang kalagayan ng kalusugan duon, umalis and doctor pero ngayon tignana mo ang municipal health department nila. s 9 years past admin wlng share ang brngy s nasingil n RPT but now equally devided AT direct n nkukuha ng brngy ung 25percent at naiimplement ng maayos, nuon hindi ngppbid and dting mayor s mga ggwing project dhil sya n mismo ang kumpkontrata lalo n s mga milyong halaga(extra kita DB?), ang pelaway at cawayan wag kng bulag my kalsada at kuryente n, kung kbligtaran ng lahat ng kaunlaran ito ang gusto mo sira ulo k, pinpkita mo n gusto mo s bulok n system dati,gusto u b isa isahin ko mga pagbbgo s sobrang dami bka ma amaze k, may water system n,my budget ang pgppgwa ng munisipyo, ung mga putol putol n daan dugtong n ngayon dhil ky mayor ngayon, ung mga empleyado ng munisipyo nkksuweldo ng maayos hindi gya dati 1 taon bgo sumuweldo, mga ongoing infrastracture building n ngsulputang prng kabute, magkakaroon n ng computerization system this feb, ipinkikita u lng pgiging loyal u s dating administration N WLNG PATUTUNGUHAN, ngayon 4 n brngy my 3million brgngy hall at kragdagn 4 brngy with each gym at mgkkroon n ng lkalsada to sitio gabong to pelaway, at sitio mangay ngay until lipuga, new two classroom s mga schools secondary at elementary, ang mayor nmin ngayon pinbibiding mga project hindi gaya nuon sya mismo ang kumukontrata, and ang castaneda s 3 years ng bgong admin ni wla s klingkingan s past 9 years n dapat malaki n ang iniunlad, ang mga ariarian nya resort s baler n naibenta n nya dhil s sugal, 4 story building s sm north, ung mga binili n gmit para s bayan (earth moving project) n pera ng munisipyo n nkpangalan s knya ay nchap chap n dhil puro casino ang inatupag, kya ang tlgng mtkw n mayor ung dati at hindi kasalukuyan kya bkit p sya bblik kundi mgnkw uli, kayat ang byan ng castaneda ngayon ay prng little mkti n, napatikman b kita ng kaunti,

    dati uhaw n uhaw ang mga mmmyan nuon s kaunlaran n mtlg n pnhong ipinagkait s knila, ngayon naabot n ng castaneda ang tagumpay,, khit c ex mayor castillo pg bumalik dun mabibigla at malulula s kaunlaran, kya ikw islaw wag k ng putak ng putak , mulit muli cnsbi ko wag kng maiinggit masam yan, ano kya ang nsa puso’t icipan mo at puro ksmaan ang nsa yo,, tsk tsk tsk.. ganyan tlg CRAB MENTALITY HINDI B? WAG U IDAMAY LAHI NILA BUTI NGA INEDIT N, cla ay mga inosenteng tao n ang alam lng nila ay magpuri at mahalin ang DIYOS.

  4. I salute you eucalyptus. you’ve got the right response to Islaw.

    Islaw huwag kang mamemersonal at mandadamay ng LAHI.

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