Tuesday, 03 June 2014 00:00
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS:“…By your hand save me from such people, Lord, from those of this world whose reward is in this life…” (Proverbs 17:14, the Holy Bible).
LWUA, WITH PLENTY OF MONEY, OWNS A HOTEL: You know that there is something terribly wrong in the way “righteous governance” is being pursued under the Aquino government when, while officials say there is no money for additional classrooms to accommodate the 26 million or so students who are returning from vacation or while there is no money for teachers’ additional pay, millions are being spent anyway for a hotel owned by a government agency like the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA).
The LWUA has a hotel named “LWUA Hotel”? Is not this agency tasked with ensuring water supply for our countrymen, from Aparri to Jolo, and not to run a hotel, even if it bears its name?
Does LWUA have so much money to build and then operate a hotel and yet millions of our countrymen are in constant and continuing danger of having no water to drink and to irrigate their farms, simply because there is no infrastructure for water storage and purification?
And is not LWUA the same agency that invested taxpayers’ millions and millions of taxes in a bank that subsequently closed because of mismanagement of some sort, that built posh houses for its officers in an exclusive village along La Mesa Dam in Novaliches, Quezon City, and that paid hundreds of millions as allowances and other financial perks for its top officials?
WHERE IS THE P309 B DEPED FUND? Then again, maybe DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro cannot really blame LWUA. The truth is that, Luistro was given a whooping P309 billion as budget for 2014. The amount of P44.6 billion of this budget was earmarked for construction, repair and rehabilitation of school rooms, particularly in the Yolanda-ravaged regions.
So, my question to Luistro is this: can you show to the Filipino people where your P309 billion went? Can you account before the Filipino people, Mr. Luistro, how did you spend the P44.6 billion for the construction, repair, and rehabilitation of school rooms? If there is so much money for new schools and the repair of old schools, how come there is still an acute shortage of classrooms as of June 02?
Then, for 2014, DepEd set aside P1.7 billion for books and other learning materials. How come many students and their parents are still complaining that there are no books given to them at this point? And why is there still a dearth of teachers when, for 2014, DepEd is spending some P8.7 billion to hire new teachers? Where is the money, Mr. Secretary?
SAMPALOC POINT, VIRGIN BEACH: Is it true that one of the remaining pristine and virginal beaches in Zambales, known simpy as Sampaloc Point, is no longer owned by the government but by a high government official of the province? If this is true, maybe the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) can tell the people how the official managed to become Sampaloc Point’s owner?
The beach is fantastically beautiful, nestled at the tip of a mountain range spanning Subic Bay, near where the Hanjin Shipyard is located, and near the a rumored coal plant is being set up (see the photos at my Facebook timeline, under the account “Melano Lazo Mauricio Jr.”). One would think the government should be the one still owning it, because it is undeveloped. Yet, a private individual is now its owner.
REMINDERS:Please tune in: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac sa DZEC”, at 1062 kHz on the AM band, Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m., simulcast, real time, over www.eaglenews.ph; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa Radyo Trabungko FM”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa DYKA” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.
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