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ORMOC CITY – The Commission on Audit (COA) has cleared former Congressman Gerardo J. Espina Jr., who is now governor of Biliran Province, from a special audit report of the years 2007-2009 as having “unliquidated balances” on his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF), after non-government organization Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation Inc. (KKAMFI) returned P 25-million in “unutilized funds” to the government.

Espina is reportedly the only congressman of the 8 solons who was cleared by COA, after the non-government organization KKAMFI “faithfully complied with the directive of the ND (Notice of Disallowance) and has returned all the unused and unutilized funds to the National Treasury.”  read more

TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) 8 (Eastern Visayas) has drafted an action plan as a weak El Niño phenomenon threatens the region’s farms this year.

Although the dry season’s impact is only minimal in the region, which faces the Pacific Ocean, the department has to prepare in case the situation gets worse, DA-8 information officer Francis Rosaroso said. 

“We have activated our disaster task force in the regional and provincial levels to monitor the situation in provinces, report damages, and recommend response activities,” Rosaroso shared on Friday.  read more

A TAXPAYER has sued the president of the Isabel Transport Cooperative for staging an allegedly illegal “sit down strike” at the New Ormoc City Terminal on February 12, to the detriment around 100 Isabel bound passengers and disrupting transport services.

A sit-down strike is a labor strike and a form of civil disobedience in which an organized group of workers, usually employed at factories or other centralized locations, take unauthorized or illegal possession of the workplace by “sitting down” at their stations.  read more

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