Gasan LGU in Marinduque misspends P4.5M development fund

The municipality of Gasan in Marinduque in 2015 spent P4.5 million of its development fund on projects which are not capital investment in nature, defeating the purpose of the fund, state auditors said. In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the implementation of various non-capital investment projects and activities amounting to P4,506,851.42 were charged to the development fund, “defeating the purpose for its establishment and depriving the public of vital socio-economic programs and projects.” The development fund, or 20 percent of the internal revenue allotment, should contribute…

PRDP subprojects to benefit Marinduque’s top commodity growers

MOGPOG, Marinduque – Coconut is a leading agricultural commodity in Marinduque and it is one of the top five high value commodities in the entire MIMAROPA Region. In 2014, the island province of Marinduque had an area of more than 35,000 hectares planted with coconuts. Development of the industry of the top commodities, being the core of agricultural production of the country, is one of the priorities of Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). Industry development is really necessary particularly in the case of Marinduque. Copra production is the province’s primary…

Cockfighting arena in Boac hosts image of Divine Mercy, only in PH

Bishop Marcelino Anthony Maralit of Boac (center) speaks in a press conference at the sidelines of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, Jan. 18, 2017. | Photo by Roy Lagarde Divine Mercy in a cockfighting arena? Only in PH As if to prove there’s no place Jesus is not welcome, a bishop reveals how an image of the Divine Mercy ended up in a cockfighting arena in Marinduque. Bishop Marcelino Antonio Maralit of Boac said he authorized…

Buntal weavers in Marinduque remain strong after Typhoon Nina

TORRIJOS, Marinduque – In one fell swoop, the livelihood of 30 mothers in Barangay Bonliw, Torrijos, Marinduque was blown away. Typhoon Nina not only caused massive damage to properties in the island but it also destroyed the bleaching, dyeing, and warping stations of Buntal weavers in the barangay. According to Julie Ann Reginio, one of the Buntal weavers, they already secured clients for their products before the typhoon struck. But since almost all the looms were destroyed, they did not have the capacity to push through with the orders. “Sayang…

Marinduque NHS, senior high school on the rise

The Marinduque National High School (MNHS) is the mother school of Marinduque. Most of the students are from the neighboring towns of Boac, Gasan, Mogpog, Sta. Cruz, Torrijos, and Buenavista. The school is strategically located in Barangay Isok 1, Boac, Marinduque, which is considered as the capital of Marinduque. This is the industrial hub of the province, different establishments like restaurants, shops, and other government establishments are also located here. This School Year (SY) 2016-2017, MNHS has a total enrollment of 4,263 learners. 746 of which are Senior High School…