Capitol gave barangays P1M but asked for P750T back: 2 officials

SOME barangay officials in a city in Cebu’s third district were handed P1 million each just days before the official campaign period for local positions started, two officials alleged.

The sources, who spoke on condition that their names be withheld, said that the checks dated last March 21, 2016 were distributed by Capitol officials to the barangay treasurers the day after that.

But they were allegedly told later that they should turn over P750,000 to the camp of Gov. Hilario Davide III and that only P250,000 should be retained by each barangay.

Told about the allegation, Public Information Officer Ethel Natera of the Provincial Government said that the information was too vague.

“I have not heard of a project called Gasa sa Kabarangayan,” Natera said in a text message.

The sources said they knew of 10 barangays in Toledo City, out of 38, that received the P1 million each.

They alleged they were provided with a concept paper on the Gasa sa Kabarangayan Program, which was supposedly intended to give local government units in the third district “the needed resources to promote hygiene and sanitation.”

They claimed they were told by the Capitol personnel who distributed the checks to submit accomplishment reports that would have to be antedated, to make it appear that their projects were implemented before the official campaign period for local officials began.

The disbursement of funds for new projects is among the prohibited acts during the campaign period.

One of the sources alleged that they were told to list some persons in the barangay as the ones who supposedly worked on the project, such as by improving drainage canals or doing some general cleaning.

The source added that some of the barangay treasurers from Toledo City and the towns of Aloguinsan, Pinamungajan, Asturias, Balamban and Tuburan have refused to disburse the funds because they were afraid they would get charged.

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