Guv Defends Non-Marking of BM Cars

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. yesterday defended the non-marking of the new vehicles for the provincial members.

“They are not marked for security reasons as they go to remote areas,” Marañon said, adding that “they maybe targets of crimes.”

Some sectors have criticized the non-marking of the new vehicles for the provincial board members saying that they violate rules of the Commission on Audit (COA).

The Governor said, “what is important is they do not abuse its use such as using the vehicles for their private use.”

He pointed out that while vehicles assigned to department heads have markings, “they use vehicles without government markings when they go to hinterland areas.”

The Board Members (BMs) who got new vehicles are Renato Malabor and Alain Gatuslao (Fifth District), Victor Javellana (Fourth District), Johanna Ko (Third District) and Rolando Ponsica (First District);

Board Members Patrick Lacson (Third District), Renato Gustilo (First District) and Helen Zafra (Sixth District) have dilapidated units so they were given new units.

Each vehicle costs P1.3 million each.

Provincial administrator Enrique Pinongan earlier said that the old vehicles of the board members will be reassigned by the Governor to various provincial government departments that have made requests.

There are also local government units that have requested for vehicle assistance from the provincial government, he added.*