Useful livelihood kits received–brgy officials

Barangay officials had received and duly acknowledged the useful livelihood technology kits funded thru the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Gov. Edgar Chatto while he was First District congressman.

Each kit contains volumes of books and modules as guides to self-sufficient agricultural production, animal raising and basic veterinary, aqua-culture, etcetera.

In Baclayon, Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President Tiburcio Batoy who is the barangay captain of San Isidro confirmed they got the kits.

The Commission on Audit (COA) is confirming the receipt of the items as a usual procedure even if Chatto has his own parallel verification.

Chatto was surprised, though, by a report that some allegedly did not receive the essential livelihood reference materials.

The livelihood kit project was implemented by the National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC), a national agency, thru the non-government organization Kabuhayan at Kalusugang Alay sa Masa Foundation, Inc. (KKAMFI).

A normal course of its mandate, COA sent verification letters to the mayors to confirm that the kit recipients are indeed their constituents.

This is a process pursuant to the agency’s usual standard procedure.  The COA, for example, also sent verification letters to the current provincial leadership on the transactions in the past administration.

The livelihood assistance project verification is part of the present government-wide performance audit on priority development programs and projects implemented in previous years.

In most cases, these programs were implemented by national agencies like the NLDC.

Other Baclayon barangay officials confirmed the delivery for which they signed upon receipt of the kits, a number of them systematically distributed to the puroks according to kagawad Edito Toong of barangay Laya.

Thankful to the former congressman and now governor for the livelihood kits, captain Carlito Toong also of Laya said they have kept one set at their barangay hall where their constituents can go for livelihood initiative reference.

Barangay Captains Bonifacio Narit of La Libertad and Eliseo Bague of Landican said the kits have been an essential help to the folk who seek livelihood technical assistance.

Barangay Captains Serecio Locot of San Roque and Adolfo Alo of Guiwanon as well as kagawad Ben Baco and former barangay treasurer Josefa Calibugan of Sta. Cruz, among many others, likewise confirmed the kit delivery, distribution and receipt.

Chatto could recall that his then district congressional office assisted in facilitating the distribution of the kits which were recorded and documented.

The verification letter from COA which is not an audit report did not say that there was any anomaly.

Still, Chatto would like to make his own validation of the project as implemented in the First District during his congressional stint.

This is in the light of the persistent efforts of his political opponents to discredit him. (Ven rebo Arigo)


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