Dy replaces Daquis; Branislav joining team?

first_img“The Japan training is very important because we need to focus on floor defense and blocking,” said Suzara.He added that the Southeast Asian Games will most likely be a “political thing,” and the Philippines could be bundled with tough teams Thailand and Vietnam in the group stage.Host Malaysia, according to Suzara, is likely to be grouped with the likes of Brunei and Myanmar to ensure it would make the next stage.Suzara said focus should be on the Asian Championships to be held in Biñan, Laguna. Grouped with Hong Kong and Kazakhstan, the Philippines can easily make the top 8 of the tournament and assure itself of a stint in the Asian Cup next year.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite La Salle’s Kim Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas (LVPI) has announced the retirement of top player Rachel Anne Daquis from national team duties after the star withdrew from squad that will compete in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia due to personal reasons.La Salle opposite spiker Kim Kiana Dy will replace her in the Philippine squad, which will compete in the SEA Games and Asian Seniors this August.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer A dream fulfilled for Christian Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Dela Rosa eyes repeat vs Rodriguez Dy will join the team in a two-week Japan training in July, according to LVPI acting president Pete Cayco and Philippine Superliga president Ramon “Tats” Suzara.Sources said the LVPI is also keen on appointing Foton coach Moro Branislav as national training director to oversee the preparation of both the men’s and women’s teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundHowever, LVPI has yet to get the nod of Foton management.Suzara gave a pep talk to the members of the national squad, led by team captain Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, Aby Maraño and Jaja Santiago. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Time for audit and criminal charges in Region 6

first_imgDear Editor,When the Auditor General’s Report was presented in the National Assembly in 2016, it stated, among other things, that 79 contracts, totalling $147.586 million, were not awarded to the lowest or the most competitive bidders; and it also stated that the reason why the lowest bidder was not awarded the contract was “inadvertently not included in the Regional Tender (Board’s) minutes”. The REO blamed the scribe who took the minutes!In that year, I made it clear at the RDC statutory meeting that Section 39(6) (a) of the Procurement Act makes it pellucid that “all evaluation criteria for the procurement of goods, works and services, in addition to price, will be qualified in monetary terms, and the tender will be awarded to the lowest evaluated bid”. I further gave circumstances where this subsection had been blatantly violated, attesting to cronyism and corruption, and I gave clear examples where this was done on 7th July 2106.In April this year, it was reported in the media that the Auditor General’s Report for 2016 showed overpayments of salaries amounted to $345,000, and now the PAC has discovered that there was contract-splitting to frustrate the objectives of the Procurement Act, and hence that deed was illegal.A contract of $8.3 million for surgical gloves was split in three to fall below the $8 million ceiling which the Regional Tender Board can award, and though the REO denied this fact, she later admitted to the PAC that there was contract-splitting. This brings to mind the various versions of the bulldozer story.Then there is an upsurge of new ‘contractors’ in Region 6, some of whom barely have access to a hammer. However, don’t be mistaken. Many of these new ‘contractors’ are actually ‘fronts’ for the real contractors, who work for the Coalition Government, or are councillors at the RDC, or are CDC workers, or are AFC party officials. For instance, an AFC RDC Councillor is now a pre-qualified ‘contractor’ in the Region.Section (5) of the Procurement Act pronounce on the qualifications contractors should possess, and many of these contractors lack the capacity, so they sub-contract the works to the real contractors, who should have gotten the contracts in the first place. Therefore this scenario now creates ‘middlemen’ who will sell the contract.What in effect is happening is that substandard work will result, since the contract price has to accommodate this split. Moreover, value for money is again lost, since it is alleged that the Engineer’s Estimate is grossly inflated to facilitate the kickbacks, while payments are being made for substandard works.The Regional Vice Chairman, Mr Dennis DeRoop, on several occasions brought to the RDC the many instances of substandard work being done in the Region.Another avenue for corruption is the plethora of ‘emergency’ works. While some were done under the pretext of ‘emergency’, others were simply given as ‘consultations’ to projects which are yet to be budgeted for. There are instances when exorbitantly priced works, such as excavations, have been done, but should not have incurred such high costs.Undoubtedly, there is an urgent need for a forensic audit of the Tender Board in Region Six, to dig into these corrupt practices of the Tender Board. The entire tendering process should be investigated, and the awarding of contracts and the background and experience and qualifications of these contractors should come under microscopic scrutiny.These corrupt practices are rapidly eating away at the economic development of this Region. The Government is expending hundreds of millions, only for this money to be thrown away by corrupt officials in the Region. It is time to stamp out corruption in Region 6. The corruption in Region 6 has reached alarming proportions, and is unprecedented.Finally, should not the Region 6 REO be charged with misconduct in public office? Should the RDC not move a vote of no confidence against her? Ramayya was the recipient of several such motions for far less evil.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region 6last_img read more