For­mer-NGO exec sued in Leyte gets Capi­tol post

The Freeman - - NEWS - Gregg M. Ru­bio/FPL —

A for­mer ex­ec­u­tive of a non-gov­ern­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion, who is fac­ing charges in South­ern Leyte, will as­sume as of­fi­cer-in­charge of the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice ef­fec­tive next week.

In a mem­o­ran­dum dated De­cem­ber 21, 2017, Cebu Gover­nor Hi­lario Da­vide III des­ig­nated Rodel Bon­tuyan as PPDO act­ing chief re­plac­ing Ar­chi­tect Florentino Ni­mor Jr.

Bon­tuyan also re­placed Bal­tazar Tri­bunalo in Novem­ber last year as OIC of the Pro­vin­cial En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice.

Tri­bunalo, the head of the Pro­vin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice, was ear­lier des­ig­nated OIC of PENRO fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Atty. Cza­reem Joseph “Chad” Estel­lain 2016. Jayson Lozano will be the new OIC of PENRO ef­fec­tive Jan­uary 16.

Bon­tuyan was the for­mer area man­ager of Plan In­ter­na­tional-Philip­pines, one of the largest chil­dren's de­vel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions in the world.

He was among the ex­ec­u­tives of Plan In­ter­na­tional sued last year by Ocean-ac­tion Re­source Cen­ter (ORC), a small en­vi­ron­men­tal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion based in Si­lago, South­ern Leyte, for al­leged abuse and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights (IPR) in­fringe­ment of a P37 mil­lion project pro­posal.

Other re­spon­dents are Plan In­ter­na­tional- Philip­pines coun­try di­rec­tor Carin van der Hor, Plan grant spe­cial­ist Arnold Divino, and the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Leyte De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter, Inc. (LCDE) Jazmin Jerusalem.

The ORC al­leged that these of­fi­cials had un­der­mined their rights and le­git­i­macy as the orig­i­nal project pro­po­nent and ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the pro­posal Adap­ta­tion to Cli­mate Change by Strength­en­ing Nat­u­ral Re­silience.

Plan had se­cured fund­ing from Ger­many's Fed­eral Min­istry of Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (BMZ) for a cli­mate change adap­ta­tion project in Si­lago and St. Bernard, South­ern Leyte.

Plan ex­ec­u­tives chose LCDE, a lo­cal non­govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion that fo­cuses on dis­as­ter re­sponse, based in Palo, Leyte, to im­ple­ment the project.

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