Worth P210M for open finance in Toledo City

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THE Toledo City Government purportedly utilized open finances worth P210 million under its "Spotless and Green" program to pay phantom workers in 2018. 

The issue provoked legal advisor Pablo John "PJ" Garcia to ask for the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas to investigate the City's payment of assets under the mayorship of John Osmeña. 

Together with 21 of 38 barangay commanders of Toledo City, Garcia went to the ombudsman on Tuesday, March 12, to hold up his demand to research what might be loot of open assets. 

Both Garcia and Osmeña, alongside previous Pinamungahan civic chairman Geraldine Yapha, are competing for the portrayal of Cebu's third region in the House of Congress. Garcia had filled in as congressman of the area for two terms, in 2007-2010 and 2010-2013. 

Garcia requested that the Ombudsman examine Osmeña, official collaborator Justin Anthony De Jesus, Acting City Budget Officer Gethsemane Mahinay, City Administrator Ferdinand Marquez, City Treasurer Leonardo Rivera, Councilor Marjorie Perales, Councilor Leo Dolino and Ex-officio Councilor Ophelio Dolino. 

He likewise requested their preventive suspension. 

"I am asking for an examination kay lisod man pagkuha og reports. It's great that some concerned residents furnished me with reports. We will require the intensity of Ombudsman," Garcia told columnists. 

Supplemental spending plans 

In 2018, the City Government of Toledo had three supplemental spending plans (SB) where the store for the Clean and Green program was incorporated. 

Under SB 2, about P70 million was reserved for the program; under SB 7, P60 million; and under SB 8, P80 million. 

The financial plans were affirmed regardless of whether the Commission on Audit (COA) had forewarned the City Government on the issue. 

In its yearly review for 2017, COA noticed the exceedingly suspicious and sporadic payment of more than P100 million of open assets as installment for occupation request (JO) representatives. 

The COA report stated: "The need of enlisting JO representatives couldn't be set up because of absence of agreements and suspicious day by day time records of most occupation orders doing the hands on work, in this way the consistency and appropriateness of uses totaling P113,265,231.40 couldn't be found out. Also, some JO staff contracted did not perform bit of work or irregular occupation of brief term and administrations rendered surpassed a half year." This year, the City Government of Toledo will in any case execute the program. 

In his examination ask for, Garcia said that under the Clean and Green program, certain authorities of Toledo City including the official colleague to the city hall leader, the city head and chose councilors assigned JO workers to be paid at the rate of P350 every day. 

They were purportedly entrusted to perform cleaning and greening exercises in the distinctive barangays. 

Towards the last quarter of 2018, Garcia stated, the declining rubbish and sanitation in the city provoked a few occupants to address why, in spite of the assets designated, the city is as yet filthy, the waste uncollected and there are no unmistakable indications of JO attempting to clean the barangays. 

It was additionally when he gotten a few archives identified with the Clean and Green program that appear to affirm that the program was intended to cheat the legislature. 

Produced marks 

Garcia said the archives demonstrate that the people utilized under the Clean and Green program were either apparition representatives, imaginary people, existing people whose marks were fashioned and people not really working in the city, among others. 

Garcia, who demonstrated an example of the archives, said the whole payrolls were loaded up with fashioned marks that even a non-penmanship master could recognize that those were tangibly marked by only one individual. 

Garcia said the greater part of the JO representatives were not made really to work and they were simply required to round out structures and submit necessities for business. 

Some were simply offered P1,500 to P2,000 in return for marking a few records to demonstrate their alleged work. 

"Doubtlessly, in this manner, that the majority of the totals of cash as far as anyone knows paid out were held by the dependable authorities for their very own advantage, and the JO representatives were utilized just as a way to illicitly dispense assets from the treasury," Garcia said. 

In a sworn proclamation, Ma. Noemi Yumol Canonigo and Teresita Mancia, of Barangay General Climaco, bore witness to that somewhere around 50 people recorded as JO representatives under the workplace of Councilor Marjorie Perales never rendered any work for the City under the Clean and Green program. 

Osmeña's answer 

Reacting to Garcia's allegation, Osmeña stated: "Counterfeit news. It's a sign of his franticness. Actually, in 2008, Pablo John recorded a case simply as he did now against his partner now, who is (previous Toledo City Mayor Arlene) Zambo. In 2008, he recorded an argument against Zambo that is equivalent to the case he is documenting now." 

In a different meeting, City Accountant Ramon Samper, said he forms exchanges in line with the workplaces. "We work for sake all things considered. We do pre-review since it is COA that does the post-review. On the off chance that there is a grievance, it's COA that tends to it," he said.

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