CARIGARA, Leyte (PNA)–The town council here asked the Leyte pro-vincial on the status of investigation of the alleged ghost water impounding projects.
After several months of waiting, the town council passed a resolution “inqui-ring the status of the earlier resolution endorsing the documents relative to the small water impounding projects” in the villages of Binibihan, San Isidro, and Paglaum in this town.
The council addressed the resolution to the provin-cial board for information and appropriate action.
The provincial board referred the resolution to the blue ribbon committee chaired by Board Member Niccolo Villasin.
Since then, the town council has not heard any updates from the blue rib-bon committee, prompting them to issue another reso-lution to follow-up the status of the probe, said Councilor Dennis Garay.
The new resolution was again referred to the committee on blue ribbon chaired by Villasin.
Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto asked Villasin to directly inform the Carigara town council on the status of the investi-gation.
Garay pushed for the resolution because “it has been three months that the blue ribbon committee of the provincial has not yet taken any action regarding the matter.”
Based on the docu-ments submitted by the town council, then Carigara Mayor Anlie Apostol approved the disbursement of P6 million fund “purpor-tedly to construct water impounding projects” for the villages of Binibihan, San Pablo and Paglaum.
Apostol, the town mayor who signed the agreement for the fund releases, is now a provin-cial board member.
The implementation of those projects was some-time in 2010, the year that Apostol ended her last term as town mayor.
Out of the PHP6 million, PHP5 million was provided by the Bureau of Soils and Water Management and PHP 1 million from the priority development assistance funds of her mother, then Rep. Trinidad Apostol.
It was alleged that during the March 12, 2015 investigation conducted by the members of the town council’s committee on rules, public ethics and accountability, it was discovered that these projects were “non-existent.”
The former mayor and incumbent board member has been refusing to answer media queries related to water impounding issue.
Garay and fellow town councilors Joenlee Larraga, Raul Lloren and Othello Crisostomo, claimed that they went to the three villages and found that there were no existing impounding projects in these communities.
“Based on the authentic documents on hand pertaining to this water impounding projects…were never implemented despite the fact that the money has been released by the local government unit of Carigara,” the report said.
“Although we are not rushing for the result, we think that the process is too slow.”
Villasin, the board member tasked to investigate the issue, refused to comment on the follow up resolution. (PNA)