PROBE ON P30 MILLION PAQUIBATO ‘RAT ATTACK’ FUND RAISED ANEW

THE DURIAN POST BY ROGER "DURIANBURGDAVAO" BALANZA

What happened to the P30 million fund for Paquibato farmers whose crops were ravaged by rat infestation in 2011?

As if smelling a dead rat, this question was posted by Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte in his Facebook account last week which could revive a Davao City Council resolution calling for a probe on how the multi-million calamity fund was used.

The investigation could place in the hot seat city councilor Leonardo Avila, who handled the fund when he was officer-in-charge of the City Agriculturist Office (CAO).

The Davao City Council that called for an investigation and an order for Avila, then the CAO caretaker, to account for the fund intended for victims of rat infestation that ravaged farmlands in upland Paquibato district was approved in early 2012.

A year before in early 2011 as farmers lost their crops to the rat attack, the city council declared Paquibato under state of…

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