Davao agri chief under fire for P30M calamity fund

City councilors want Avila

probed over ‘rat attack’ fund

    The Davao City Council has ordered City Agriculturist Leonardo Avila, a former city councilor, to account for a P30 million fund for victims of rat infestation in upland Paquibato district.

Rats ravaged Paquibato farm lands last year prompting the city council to declare Paquibato under state of calamity.
The council also approved the fund as assistance to farmers whose crops were lost in the massive rat attack that hit barangays Salapawan, Lumiad, Colasas, Tapak, Mapula, Paradise Embac, Fatima, and Pandaitan
The resolution followed a privilege speech of city councilor Mechor Quitain, chair of the City Council committee on ethics and good governance, who said the City Agriculturist Office (CAO) failed to liquiate the fund.
The ordinance that declared Paquibato under state of calamity and appropriated the calamity fund required that CAO must submit a monthly disbursement report to the city council.
The (City Agriculturist Office ) must submit to the City Council a monthly itemized report of the expenses incurred in connection with the assistance and other expenses to be granted to the calamity victims, said Quitain qouting portions of the ordinance.

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