Leyte Samar Daily Express
TACLOBAN CITY—Mayor Gerardo S. Espina, Sr. of Kawayan, Biliran said he has sent an inquiry to the Commission on Audit (COA) regarding the status of the school buses purchased by former Biliran Rep. Glenn A. Chong, which was used for the Free School Bus System during the latter’s term.
“I wrote a letter to Commissioner Rey A. Villar (of COA) inquiring as to the background of the purchase and operations of these school buses. My letter was then referred to the COA regional office here but unfortunately, for several months now since it was referred to the regional director, I have not heard from the regional office about my letter of inquiry,” Mayor Espina told Leyte Samar Daily Express in an interview.
Mayor Espina said he wants to know as to how the buses were purchased, its source of funds, who is operating and managing the buses.
“I learned that there are 12 of them estimated at P7 million…and that’s a lot of money. These buses have not yet been turned over to the proper office…I believe it should be turned over to the present congressman. I can’t see any reasons why COA has not acted on this,” Espina said.
The Free School Bus Sytem was one of the flagship projects of then Rep. Chong to provide free transportation to high school students in the province.
Leyte Samar Daily Express checked the COA regional office but according to a staff at the regional director’s office, no letter of inquiry has been forwarded to them by COA central office.
But the staff told LSDE by phone that they will do a thorough search from their monitoring desk to provide updates of the inquiry of the mayor. (REYAN L. ARINTO)