By Eugene Y. Adiong
There is a need to review the contracts entered into by both private individuals and local government units with the provincial government, Dr. Renante Decena said yesterday.
Decena said that Ordinance No. 3 series of 2012 has been passed by the Sanggunian Panlalawigan creating the Provincial Livestock Committee chaired by the Governor.
"The Committee still has to meet to discuss guidelines on payments," he pointed out.
"It is nor the work of the PVO to collect payments but by the Committee," Decena added.
Aside from the governor, the vice governor is the co- chair with members composed of the chairman of the SP Committee on Agriculture, provincial veterinarian, provincial agriculturist, provincial administrator, provincial legal officer and the provincial general services officer, Decena added.
Decena made the clarification after Vice Governor Eugenio Lacson earlier said that the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office should make an effort to collect especially from the LGUs who bought the sheeps from Capitol.
A report submitted by the PVO to Lacson showed that a total of P44, 904,500 still has to be collected from 58 LGUs that had entered into contracts for three years with the provincial government to buy sheep.
The report also showed of the P76,478,900 total cost of the sheep’s covered by a livestock contract to sell from both private and government sector, only P4,066,650 has been paid.
Of the 119 buyers, 54 were LGUs, 65 were private sector, the report added.
It also showed that, as of October October 31 of this year, there were 3,965 heads of sheep sold while there are 833 heads in Sagay Breeding Center and 443 at the Negros First Ranch or a total of 5,241 heads costing a total of P94,316,253.94.