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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, August 8, 2013
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furniture tagging

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Executive Assistant to the Mayor Sarah Esguerra yesterday admitted that she was the one who put price tags on the furniture and fixtures found inside the Mayor’s Ceremonial Hall at the Bacolod City Government Center.

Esguerra said several people asked her how much the prices of the furniture and fixtures found inside the Mayor’s Ceremonial Hall were.

The price tags have been laminated and taped on all the furniture and fixtures inside the Mayor’s Ceremonial Hall and other offices, as well as on equipments purchased by the city, prompting visitors to ask if they were for sale.

City Administrator Rolando Villamor said there is nothing malicious about that. They just want the people to know where their money goes.

TRANSPARENCY

Esguerra said her advocacy together with Mayor Monico Puentevella is transparency.

Leonardia said the acquisition of the furniture and fixtures at the government center had undergone two biddings and these were purchased in bulk, together with the other furniture and fixtures at the BCGC.

If Puentevella wants transparency, he should also put a price tag on the P420,000 computers he purchased for more than 38 public schools, that was overpriced and defective, and showed his picture when switched on, his share in the controversial fertilizer scam, and the P50 million funds from the Philippine Sports Commission for the Southeast Asian Games that he deposited to his personal account at the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. when he was yet congressman.

Cases filed against Puentevella on the overpriced IT/computer package, fertilizer scam and BASOC funds for the SEAG are still pending at the Office of the Ombudsman.*CGS

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