ORTIGOZA: Dagupan CIO remiss on its duty?

November 28, 2011 at 2:36 am Leave a comment



It seems the City Information Office of Dagupan City has not been answering the criticisms launched by the political detractors of Mayor Benjie S. Lim.

Take these three damaging attacks for example where the name of the mayor was dragged:

1) He bypassed the Sangguniang Panlungsod by not approving the P13.1 million calamity fund in 2010;

2) He was responsible for the demolition of settlers at Sitio Opot in Brgy. Bonuan Gueset;

3) Administrator Vlad Mata illegally signed the waiver in lieu of the Certificate of Final Electrical Inspection (CFEI) from the City Engineering Office for the building of illegal structures at Sitio Silungan in Bonuan Binloc.

I did not see any press releases from the CIO rebutting these scathing attacks until I discussed this with the city administrator last week.

Mata emphatically torpedoed the three issues by the following:

1) SP was not bypassed. He said new Republic Act 10121 or known as “Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010” says that the mayor can use even 100 percent of the five (5) percent Calamity fund without the dads’ imprimatur;

2) Demolition at Sitio Opot was an order from a court through a Writ of Execution in behalf of the private owner;

3) His signature affixed above the printed name of Mayor Lim was a forgery. Mata said he is ready to sue with Falsification of Public Document the person who forged his signature.

Mata deplored that he learned the No. 3 issue last Thursday or four days after the detractors of Lim were exploiting it with gusto.

Mata confidently explained that waiver he allegedly signed was bogus.

Firstly, the new logo of the city was attached to the waiver dated November 10, 2010 when the city has only started using it last June or July 2011; secondly, the signature was signed by the malefactor using a ball pen. Mata said he uses a sign pen every time he signs a document; thirdly, every page of the waiver has a stamped seal. Mata said that Mayor Lim uses only the city seal in his official letter.

Mata told me that the people at the CIO should be updating him pronto after the detractors break the news for public consumption.

These faux passes could serve as a wake up call to the Joseph Goebbels at the information office.
(Send comments to totomortz@yahoop.com)

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