SP to probe unliquidated P2.8-M cash advance of ex-vice gov Lim

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SP to probe unliquidated P2.8-M cash advance of ex-vice gov Lim

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) will be investigating a P2.8-million cash advance made by the Office of the Vice Governor under Concepcion Lim four years ago that reportedly remains unliquidated.

The probe will be conducted by the SP’s Committee of the Whole following the revelation of Board Member Dionisio Victor Balite on Friday regarding the multi-million peso fund meant as financial aid for the local government unit (LGU) of Valencia.

Balite, in a privilege speech, said that the cash advance made by the office of former vice governor Lim remained unsettled after it was released on March 19, 2012.

The said amount was earmarked for the construction of a breakwater at the Badjang Spring Resort which was included in the unliquidated balance of the Valencia LGU amounting to P13,027,921, based on a cash advance summary report from the Provincial Accountant’s Office.

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However, Provincial Accountant Josette Celocia noted that the project was already implemented and only the balances remain unliquidated.

In the same speech, Balite questioned other disbursements made by other government agencies including the Provincial Health Office (PHO) which also released a fund worth P140,413 but only P35,697 of the sum was liquidated.

Despite the remaining unsettled balance, the PHO released another fund worth P55,000 on February, 2013, Balite added.

The neophyte provincial legislator also raised concern over several financial aid funds of the Bohol Earthquake Assistance which is under the Department of Interior and Local Government, noting that some disbursements have also remained unsettled.

Balite is the son of SP presiding officer and Vice Governor Dionisio Balite who won over then-incumbent Lim in the May 2016 elections in a tightly contested vice gubernatorial race. (Rey Tutas)

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