We should be doing more of this. Kudos to William Todcor for breaking this story before the media picked it up. Susunod na tutukan yung mga taga-Highways hehe.

GMA News: BONTOC, Mountain Province – Josefino Ong, the revenue district officer of this province who is set to retire this year, could lose his retirement benefits should he be found guilty of bribery charges.

Ong was indicted by the Mountain Province prosecutor’s office this week for direct bribery with no bail recommended, a week after his arrest during an entrapment operation by the police on July 24.

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How Complete is Complete? Or Liar Liar Pants on Fire

Over at his blog, Peden is accusing the Cordillera DPWH Regional Director of lying for stating last April that the Phase 1 (Mt. Data to Bontoc) of the Halsema rehabilitation project is 79.61% complete and that Phase II (Bontoc to Banaue) is 90.67% accomplished.

As someone who has traveled both roads in the past months, I agree with Peden that there is no way that both projects are complete in the percentages reported.

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Senate to Probe Halsema Project — If Someone Files a Complaint

Aha. We hope someone will bring a formal complaint to the Senate. Maybe the iMPACT group should make this its undertaking as a follow-up of the signature campaign last year? If the Senate does conduct an investigation, the most important thing would be evidence, evidence, and evidence. We hope someone in the know would be willing to spill out what s/he knows.

Senate ready to probe Halsema rehab project
Sunstar Baguio

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Photo of the Day: CHARM Project

What is CHARM-P (Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project)? Is it the success story that some of its supporters say it is? Or is it just one of those foreign funded projects that were quite successful in producing glossy brochures and voluminous reports (complete with vision, mission, goals, and bar graphs, and pie charts) but had very little impact in Cordillera communities?

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