Pangan: Ghosts

DISTURBING, if not surprising, is the report that Quezon City councilors Roderick Paulate and Francisco Calalay Jr. were ordered suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman for six months without pay for having some 60 ghost employees on the City Hall’s payroll.
Based on the Field Investigation Office’s (FIO) report, the persons holding job order contracts from the offices of Paulate and Calalay were fictitious, had no birth records in the National Statistics Office, were not registered voters and had not secured NBI clearances. Worse, they were reportedly not known in the barangays where they claim to live and their addresses turned out to be false.
Aside from the criminal complaints for graft and malversation of public funds filed against the two, administrative charges for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and falsification of official documents were also lodged against Paulate and Calalay, along with their liaison officers.
The same FIO report disclosed that Paulate maintained 30 ghost employees, while Calalay had 29, from January to November 2010, with Paulate releasing P1.12 million in salaries, while Calalay had disbursed P2.175 million. It was also reported that disbursement of the salaries was made possible through submission of bogus personal data sheets and payrolls.
This malpractice may be replicated in other cities in Metro Manila as well as in other local government units in the country and this may be possible with the collusion of, say, auditors and treasurers or paymasters.
I know personally the existence of ghost employees in one LGU and at one time, the mayor upbraided the person responsible and sternly admonished her but I wonder why she is still around heading, of all departments, one that has to do with personnel.
Ghost employees, ghost purchases, ghost biddings and ghost infrastructure projects. All of these exist in some corrupt government offices and the crusading President should task his men to go after the grafters at the grassroot levels.
Along with ordinances banning motorcycles with loud, noisy and irritating sounds, local government units should implement anti-smoke belching laws or ordinances on drivers of vehicles which emit harmful fumes. This task should be done by elements of the
Land Transportation Office and, by extension, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, both agencies being tasked with overseeing emission tests on vehicles submitted for registration, particularly at the LTO. When nobody is looking from these two agencies, several smoke-belching vehicles have been seen plying the streets and causing damage to public health. While I laud the men of LTO who are zealous in apprehending colorum vehicles, they should also check on smoke belchers. By the way, what has happened to the monitoring of emission testing centers? Are they now in cahoots with colorum vehicles or plainly sleeping on the job?
While at it, the law or ordinance against smoking in public places and vehicles should also be strictly implemented and violators should be imposed the fines and imprisonment penalty, or both. Again, when no enforcer is looking or in plain sight, hardheaded drivers and individuals blatantly violate the anti-smoking law thinking that they are not being apprehended anyway. This ningas kugon mentality should be curtailed pronto.
This one should be looked into by the Angeles City Health Office and the Office of the Mayor of Angeles City. In my visit to my balae’s house last week in Barangay Margot, I noticed a vacant lot fronting my kumpadre’s house at Sampaguita Street main road which used to contain a barangay health center but which has been demolished, according to my balae, for some reasons may be only known to the barangay’s chief Noemi M. Ocampo and probably, to some kagawads. My balae, Nardo de Guzman, a teacher at nearby Tacondo Elementary School and a prominent resident of Barangay Margot, intimated to me that the lot on which the now defunct barangay health center used to stand is being acquired, if not acquired yet, by a prominent person resident of Margot and a brother of a likewise prominent contractor with an American-sounding surname.
My argument to pareng Nardo was: the welfare of the residents of Barangay Margot should be put way above those of private needs and interests, so the health center building should have been maintained and not altogether demolished in favor of one private individual. Can Mayor Edgardo “Edpam” Pamintuan look into this matter, please?
Some local employers provided residents of Northville 16, Atlu Bola, Mabalacat access to job opportunities on Friday, May 11. Despite the long trek to the job fair site, the following sent their representatives to interview the job seekers: Sutherland Global Services, NCO Philippines, Gain Manpower, Metro Gaisano, Faith in God, Starboard Manpower, Horizon Powder Coating, Visondyna and Magnapeak. As usual, the multi-sectoral unit, in coordination with Peso Mabalacat headed by this writer, together with Virgie Miranda, Elaine, Irish and Danica, helped in the activity. The unit is headed by Gerry Dayrit and was assisted by Vidal Busa, Rudy Adrias, Pilo Bondoc, the Northville 16 Homeowners Association headed by its president Amando Manalo and volunteers from the Phi Beta Rho.
Thanks to all of you!
Onward to Mabalacat City. I was given by Municipal Administrator Rosan S. Paquia a copy of the transmittal letter of Marilyn B. Barua-Yap, Secretary General of the Senate, dated April 24, 2012 and which letter forwarded House Bill 4736, entitled: An Act Converting the Municipality of Mabalacat in the Province of Pampanga into a Component City to be known as Mabalacat City, to President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.
Likewise, on Friday, a letter was forwarded to the President graciously thanking him for his favorable consideration and approval of the city hood bill. If he does sign it, then preparations are underway for the plebiscite, expected to be June or July this year. After that, it will be all rejoicing by the people of Mabalacat led by Mayor Boking and assisted by Rosan Paquia, Roger Tanglao, Myrna Ocampo and, of course, Jun Magbalot. The people behind the Technical Working Group should not be left out, including this writer, Paquia and the ailing Ted David.
DepEd, Malacañang renew appeal on preventive measures vs dengue
As the Department of Education sounded out its “Brigada Eskwela” call for community involvement in schools to focus on sanitation and hygiene, Malacañang reminded families of the efficacy of cleanliness against dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

“Hindi lang pag tag-ulan nagiging delikado tayo sa dengue, kahit tag-init kailangan tuloy-tuloy ang pagprepara at siguraduhing di tayo, ang kapaligiran di pagbabahayan ng dengue carrying mosquitoes … Dapat tuloy (ang paghahanda) all year round,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on government-run dzRB radio.

“Meron pa tayong tatlo at kalahating linggo para siguraduhing malinis ang ating paaralan para sa pagbalik ng estudyante sa iskwelahan,” Valte added.

“Our thrust in this year’s Brigada Eskwela is on school sanitation because it is also where personal hygiene is reinforced among our students which can, in turn, help develop their self-esteem,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said in a DepEd statement issued over the weekend.

“This year’s Brigada is slated from May 21 to 26. The annual school maintenance program enjoins education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources for the repair work. The goal is to ensure that the public schools are ready to receive students when school opens,” the DepEd said.

Valte assured that the Department of Health is coordinating with local health units of areas affected by dengue to prevent the spread of the disease.

Earlier reports indicated that the Zamboanga City government had declared a dengue outbreak as the number of dengue cases from January 1 up to the first week of May increased by 413, or more than 50 percent compared to the same period last year.

“Nakikipagtulungan ang DOH sa local health unit diyan para maapula ang pagkalat ng sinasabi nilang dengue outbreak,” Valte pointed out.

Bracing for dengue

“For 2012, it has been so far so good. From January 1 to March 24, 2012, a total of 15,536 dengue cases have been reported and this is even 30.10% lower compared to the same time period last year (22,227). But of course, we can never be complacent,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona said in a dengue summit last April 13.

He said that “with the onset of the rainy season, we are anticipating the increasing numbers of dengue cases.”

“If we do nothing, we will be again over our heads come July and August when our public hospitals are being filled to the brim with dengue patients and Dengue outbreaks are being reported left and right. We do not want that to happen this year,” Ona stressed.

He recalled that in 2010 the country had its worst outbreak of dengue in the country in 10 years.

“More than 173,000 cases were recorded exceeding the record high infection rates we had in 1998 when other countries in the Southeast Asian region also reported major dengue outbreaks,” the DOH chief noted.

“Around 126,000 dengue cases were reported from January to December 2011 which is 27% lower than the number of cases reported in 2010. Of course, we observed the usual peak during the months of July, August, and September which undoubtedly placed our dengue control efforts under the public microscope,” Ona said.

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