Notebooks bearing images of officials to be distributed

THE Capitol will cover the notebooks that bear the images of provincial officials, including suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale.

“Then, there’s another suggestion… coveran unya ihatag sa (cover the notebooks then distribute these to local government units) and we want to talk to the local chief

executives nga (that) they will take care of providing covers,” Magpale said.

She pointed out that the law prohibits the printing of officials’ images on notebooks.

Under the Department of Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular 2010-101, it is also prohibited to place the names, images, initials and pictures of government

officials on billboards and signs of government programs, projects and properties.

Other suggestions

The notebooks’ cover bears the picture of Garcia, while the back has the pictures of provincial officials, including Magpale.

Initial suggestions were to color over the images or replace the covers.

“Unya kung amo unta tong cut-on lain kaayo ang notebooks (But if we took out the

covers the notebooks wouldn’t look nice),” Magpale said.

She said she will consult the provincial lawyers regarding the matter.

The Province has 339,455 notebooks; 8,901 class records and lesson plans, and 72,501 bags.

Magpale told reporters that the school supplies are worth P22 million.

Earlier reports stated that the undelivered school supplies were worth P12.9 million, based on the inventory report of the actual items last Dec. 31.

Most of the school supplies were purchased in February last year, while the rest were bought in 2011. These were supposed to be distributed last June.

Magpale took over as acting governor after Garcia was suspended on Dec. 19.

Shortly after, she found out about the school supplies in the warehouse near the Capitol and at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City.

She said these would be distributed after last May 13’s elections.

Earlier, Garcia said the school supplies were not distributed because these were not delivered on time.

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