Village chief: We got seedlings-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A MOUNTAIN village chief said they received at least 500 assorted seedlings of fruit-bearing trees seven years ago.
Taptap Barangay Captain Florentina Malazarte said the seedlings of mango, rambutan, durian and lansones were given to farmers and residents willing to plant them.
About P5 million was used to buy the seedlings, which were distributed to 23 mountain barangays in Cebu City. The funding was part of the P14.8 million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of then Cebu City south district congressman Antonio Cuenco, which was intended for seedling distribution and goat dispersal.
The Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas is investigating former Association of Barangay Councils president and Guadalupe barangay captain Eugenio Faelnar over the alleged misuse of Cuenco’s PDAF.
Malazarte said she was still a councilor when Taptap farmers received the seedlings, supporting Faelnar’s earlier statement that the seedlings were distributed as planned.
“Mapuslan ning mga prutas kay inig hinog kan-on ra man sad. Kun di mahurot, amo ra sang ibaligya (The seedlings are doing us good because we can eat or sell the fruits),”said Malazarte.
She said a pen for the goats was built for more than P600,000, but the barangay did not get the animals.
“Ang building wala mi makapahimos (The building was of no use to us),” she said, adding that the pen was not turned over to the village.
She heard reports that DA personnel used the building as venue for meetings.
“Wa sad gyo’y kanding didto (There are no goats in the pen),” she said, adding that the pen is already in disrepair.
Faelnar said P7.6 million from the P14.8-million PDAF was intended to buy hybrid goats, but the funds were returned to the Department of Agriculture (DA) because the prices of the goats at that time were too high.
Faelnar and the DA entered into a memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the village's “Guadalupe Small Ruminant Production and Demonstration Project,” which aimed to “attain food security for (Guadalupe) constituents living in the hilly section of its territory” and in neighboring barangays.
In the agreement, Barangay Guadalupe was tasked to take care of the maintenance, operating and other expenses to sustain the project.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 18, 2013.