By By Fernan A. Gianan
Our two congressmen’s pork barrel
posted 18-Aug-2019  ·  
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At the Catanduanes National High School where he was inducting officer to the Central PTA headed by its president, Dr. Manny Guerrero, the island province’s second congressman made clear his priorities as far as the disposition of his fund allocation in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Jose “Bong” Teves Jr. (TGP) said about half of the “hard” and “soft” portions of the funding will be for Catanduanes, including P3 million for TESDA scholarships for technical-vocational courses, P2.5 million as medical assistance and P2 million as financial assistance for college students.

He clarified that although college education is now free, the students, particularly those whose families could not afford sending them through higher education, still need to be helped with their food, books, uniform and daily allowances.

The same allocation has been adopted by Cong. Hector Sanchez, he said, remarking that instead of just one solon’s discretionary funds, Catanduanes now has one-and-a-half in the 2020 budget.

Cong. Teves also expressed his support for the provincial administration in his brief message to the CNHS PTA homeroom and central officers.

As it is, all congressmen, regardless of whether they are district or partylist representatives, are entitled to P160 million in pork barrel funds. This is divided into P120 million for “hard” projects such as roads and flood control structures and P40 million for “soft” projects such as textbooks, scholarships and financial assistance.

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Last week, the DOLE regional office reported that 100 displaced workers in a local hospital in Camarines Norte received their monetary benefits in the amount of P10,903,082.69 after the health facility had to close in 2017 due to business losses.

Under the settlement agreement, Sto. Niño hospital was required to pay its affected workers back wages and separation pay in four (4) tranches.

The report should make the public wonder whether the 17workers illegally dismissed by the local arrastre and stevedoring cooperative at Virac port in 2015 had already received what is due them.

It may be recalled that in a decision rendered in June 2016 but released only three months later, the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) held Ma. Nelly Rodulfo and the Catanduanes Port Arrastre & Stevedoring Cooperative CPASCO liable for the illegal dismissal and money claims in three separate suits filed by Randy Aguilar, Dominador Pantino, Jose Aguilar, Domingo Tabuena, Bryan Pantino, Ricky Tabian, Noe Quintal, Roberto Benavidez, Pablo Maliñana, Manuel Benavidez Jr.  William Aguilar, Jerwin Tabian, David Tabian Jr., Helbert Gianan, Augusto Benavidez, Nelson Salvidar, and Alfonso Gianan, all from the Antipolo area in Virac.

Ruling that they had been illegally dismissed by the cooperative and its de facto manager, the NLRC awarded a total of P6.4-million in back wages, benefits and damages to the port workers terminated in October 2015.

In December 2016, the Commission issued a writ of execution against the respondents, with the sheriff ordered to collect the amounts from them and, if insufficient, to cause its enforcement through cash bond, bank deposit, surety bond, personal and real property of the respondent.

One of those who were supposed to be awarded the benefit had died, it is claimed.

    What has happened to the NLRC decision?

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KEEP THE MOTOR RUNNING. It was the talk of the town when an 80-year old man married a 20-year old girl, particularly when a year later she went into the hospital to give birth. The nurse came out to congratulate the proud father. “This is amazing. How do you do it at your age?”

    He answered, “You’ve got to keep that old motor running.”

    The following year, his young wife gave birth again. The same nurse said, “You really are amazing. How do you do it?”

    He replied knowingly, “You’ve got to keep that old motor running.”

    The same thing happened the next year. The nurse said, “You must be quite a man.”

    He laughed, “You’ve got to keep that old motor running.”

   The nurse said, “Well, you had better change the oil. This one’s black.”


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