Ex-mayor faces raps for 
erecting house on CARP lot


ROXAS City – The president of the Central Region Farmers Beneficiary Association Inc. (CRFBAI) lodged a complaint against the former mayor of Estancia, Iloilo.

Roger Bellosillo said former Mayor Restituto Mosqueda erected a concrete house on a lot registered under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) without a permit.
Bellosillo and members of the CRFBAI are CARP land beneficiaries.

Along with Mosqueda, an engineer who constructed a hollow blocks factory on the same property and a bottling company were also accused of building structures without permits, Bellosillo said.

He said the former mayor and the two others violated a provision under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL).

Their structures could be destroyed even without any court proceedings, he said.

The lot — about 71 hectares — was in Brgy. Cano-an, Estancia, said Bellosillo.

It was decided to be equally distributed to more than 400 CARP beneficiaries in October 22, 2007, he said.

It was also declared “final and executor” by Atty. Manuel B. Gaite, then deputy executive secretary for legal affairs, he said./PN








Team validates Capiz's entries
to WV local governance tilt

ROXAS City – A team composed of representatives from national agencies and civic groups recently validated the entries of Capiz to the Western Visayas Excellence in Local Governance (WV EXCELL) Awards.

The 14-man team evaluated province’s entries for two days, according to Llanie Destacamento, head of the Capiz Interior and Local Government Operation Services Division.

The team evaluated the towns of Panay and Ivisan, as well as Roxas City and the Capiz province.
It was headed by Ma. Calpiza Sardua, DILG Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division chief.

Destacamento said among those who validated the entries for the WV EXCELL Awards were Ana Lee Mustacho of DILG, Jerry Porras of the Department of Health, Perla Haro of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Chief Insp. Sally Manuel of the Philippine National Police, Dr. Hector Peñaranda of the Department of Agriculture and Elena Mandario of the Department of Trade and Industry.

Other evaluators include Artem Colacion and Nelson De Felix of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Emilia Galache of the Bureau of Local Government Finance, Ma. Joefel Soldevilla of the Philippine Councilors League, Alma May Tayo of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Inc., Jay Presaldo of the Canadian Urban Institute and Carmela Ariza of GTZ.

Panay is the province's entry to the EXCELL Regional Awards for Category A (1st to 3rd class municipality) after winning in the provincial search here.

Ivisan town was also the winner in the EXCELL provincial search and will vie in the 4th to 6th class municipalities in the region.

On the other hand, Roxas City and Capiz will automatically compete for the component city and provincial category, respectively.

The EXCELL Awards is a continuing project of the DILG in Region VI.

It recognizes the best managed local governments in the regions that demonstrate the best practices, achievements as well as innovations in governance, administration, social services, economic development, environmental management and local legislation.

The program also aims to advocate for transparency and accountability in governance, positively reinforce for good performers, popularize replicable best practices as well as identify possible interventions to improve the performance of local government units. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA)/PN