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By Ralph John Mijares and Edalyn Acta

 

“WHY IS this happening to our province when we know that your administration is committed to delivering much-needed rehabilitation works?”


This statement formed part of the open letter addressed to Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco, Vice-Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras and the members of the provincial board signed by Mr. Sulpicio Morales, Jr. of the Capiz Baptist Ministers Association (CBMA) and Rev. Ramon Plaza of the Evangelical Ministers Fellowship of Iloilo City (EMFIC).


Referring to the P500 million Yolanda rehabilitation fund for damaged school buildings, said letter inquired on the delay of repairs of schools damaged by Supertyphoon Yolanda in November 2013.


“Mr. Governor, Vice-Governor, and our honorable board members, we are however deeply moved, even embarrassed, on the latest media reports to hit our province,” it said.


The letter also asked “how true that all these happened because of the intervention of our beloved Congressman Tony del Rosario?” and “how true that all these were known by the hierarchy of the Department of Education particularly by Undersecretary Valera?”


For his part, Del Rosario said in a letter that he had nothing to do with the delay of the repairs.


“A scrutiny of both abstract showed that the figures of the budget and bid prices were so close. Example, a projected with budget of P6,295,410.00 was bided at P6,291,299.75 or a difference of P4,110.25,” he said.

 

“The findings were conveyed to me by my district office and I went to see Sec. Luistro verbalizing my fear that the integrity of the bidding process was tainted.


“The Office of Secretary Luistro acted on this information and a certain Usec. Valera was sent to make initial investigation. I learned later that the implementation of the project was suspended and team of technical personnel were sent to Roxas City to conduct investigation. At present, there is another team in Roxas City verifying the finding of the first team,” Del Rosario said.


Further, it is “therefore, clear that the suspension order came from DepEd and cannot be alluded to me in anyway.”


May I assure my constituents that I work for their interest and will not hesitate to continue working for them,” he said.

 

Del Rosario admitted that he was hesitant about giving the letter to the media at first.


“I was hesitant to give this letter to the media because I wanted to protect the integrity of DepEd pending result of the investigation. I am compelled to write this open letter because of the matter has already been discussed openly by the media and it is far-reaching implications on my reputation,” he said.


The solon encouraged his constituents to come to his office for clarification, information or verifications on any issue that concerns any projects of his office.

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