Marinduque, Seeks Environmental Justice 20 Years After Mining Disaster

In Philippines, Seeking Environmental Justice 20 Years After Mining Disaster By Jason Strother, Worldcrunch MARINDUQUE — Elisa Hernandez dips her yellow blouse into the Boac River’s rushing water and then slaps it up against the shoreline’s gray stones. The 73-year-old used to earn a living washing her whole community’s laundry this way. “We felt at home in this river … It was so clean, we played in it and we used to catch a lot of fish here too,” she says. But that all changed in March 1996, when a drainage…

Marinduque gov, bank execs charged

By Rey G. Panaligan BOAC, Marinduque – Marinduque Gov. Carmencita O. Reyes and several officials of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) have been charged with violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act before the Office of the Ombudsman, it was learned yesterday. They were charged in connection with the P300-million loan obtained by the Marinduque provincial government from the DBP. Aside from Reyes, also charged were DBP Chairman Jose Nunez Jr., vice chairman Gil Buenaventura, and other bank officials. In its complaint, the Marinduque Reform Movement (MRM),…

Buenavista, Marinduque mayor, vice mayor go on travel spree

BUENAVISTA, Marinduque – Mayor Russel Madrigal and his former vice mayor Bert Fabrero, the Sangguniang Bayan and other officials in the Buenavista municipal town in Marinduque incurred excessive travel allowances and registration fees in 2015, earning the ire of state auditors. In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said its post-audit of disbursements showed that the elective and appointive officials incurred traveling allowance/expenses and registration fees amounting to Php 372,318.74 and Php 282,900.00, respectively. The auditors also noted that the out-of-town official travels/trips took place in distant cities/provinces…

Fun Run at Zumba Workout, isinagawa sa Torrijos

By Reijohn R. Mendones, Contributor TORRIJOS, Marinduque – Nagsagawa ng Fun Run at Zumba Fitness Workout sa bayan ng Torrijos, Marinduque noong ika-7 ng Setyembre 2016 bilang paghahanda sa nalalapit na anibersaryo ng Labanan sa Pulang Lupa sa darating ika-13 ng Setyembre gayundin ng 116th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary. Ang nasabing gawain na pinangunahan ni Mayor Lorna Velasco ay dinaluhan ng mga opisyales, kawani ng pamahalaang bayan at mga barangay officials. Naging masaya naman ang lahat sapagkat paraan din umano ito upang ingatan ang katawan at kalusugan. About the Author: Reijohn…

COA hits Mogpog town for granting excessive performance incentive

COA hits Marinduque town for granting excessive performance incentive MOGPOG, Marinduque – State auditors scored the municipal government of Mogpog in Marinduque for granting performance enhancement incentive (PEI) worth P1,747,462 that was in excess of the authorized amount. In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said that according to Executive Order No. 181 dated May 15, 2015, the PEI is equivalent to P5,000 or one month basic salary as of May 31, 2015. Auditors said the total P1.74 million performance incentive was too excessive an amount as allowed…