MABINI, Bohol – Local officials here led by Mayor Esther Tabigue, who undertook the ‘Lakbay-aral’ program, are facing sanction for traveling outside the place allowed them to visit, if not likely to make refund of the expenses of said educational tour, Minol barangay chair Edgar Tumanda, one of those who took part in the tour, said in his facebook account.
“Posibling magtapal sa gasto kadtong mga mikuyog sa Lakbay aral sa Legaspi City milahus sa Manila nga gihimo niadtong June 23-27, 2015,” Tumanda said.
Fortunately, Tumanda said, some 70 joined in the Lakbay-aral, including municipal councilors, casual employees, Department of Education, police officers and leaders of people’s organization and barangay chairmen, may also be implicated to refund.
“Kon wa ko masayop, mga labing minus 70 ka mga tawo ang mikuyog niadto,” Tumanda said.
Each participant in the Lakbay-aral spent at least Php17,000 to a total of more or less Php1.3 million, he said.
For barangay officials who participated in the tour chipped in only a total of Php10,000 and the balance was counter-parted by the municipal government, he said.
With him was Kagawad Beato Ladaran, chair of the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction management committee, he said.
Tumanda said that after the travel he was warned by the municipal accountant Wel Busano that their travel was problematic.
The accountant’s comment came after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) questioned the said travel, which was supposedly up only to Legaspi city but the group proceeded to Manila in the absence of a legal authority.
Tumanda said that he caused the posting of this on his account because the people deserve to know. “Nganung ako ning gipost dinhi sa facebook? Kay ang mga katawhan dunay katungod nga masayod. Arun nga sa panig usab sa mga opsiyales sa barangay dili ki maakusahan nga nag-usik-usik sa kuarta.”
Tumanda expressed thanks and consolation to the mayor and other officials for initiating the travel personally he was able to see Mayor volcano.
Tumanda also quoted one of the companions, having said and thankful for having on board an airplane (from Manila to Bohol) for the first time in his life.
He said in jest that if ever COA would require them to make refund it’s just like that they’re being hit by volcano’s eruption figuratively.
Tumanda’s post has generated mixed reaction negatively and positively. (rvo)