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LWUA officials face graft raps.

The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) found probable cause to charge for graft former Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) Administrator Lorenzo Jamora and Acting Deputy Administrator Wilfredo Feleo. Renato Legaspi, president and chairman of Green Asia Construction and Development Corporation, also faces criminal indictments for graft and corruption.

Jamora and Feleo were also found guilty of gross neglect of duty and grave misconduct and were dismissed from the service.

The resolution, signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, stated that LWUA entered into a contract for consulting services for the implementation of the Small Towns Water Supply Sector Project in 1998.

On May 29, 2001, the Guimba Water District (GWD) entered into a P60.3-million financial assistance contract with LWUA.

After compliance with bidding requirements, the contract for the design and construction of the GWSP was awarded to Green Asia with a project cost worth P30 million.

In October 2003, GWD issued a certificate of project completion but attached a punch list detailing the works that needed correction.

Notwithstanding the non-completion, Feleo and Jamora approved on July 12, 2004 the processing of the final billing and check to Green Asia amounting to P1.1 million.

Documents showed that the certificate of final acceptance was issued by GWD only August 5, 2004.

Morales said the P1.1-million payment to Green Asia was unjustified and unauthorized due to the absence of the certificate of final acceptance as required by Memorandum Circular No. 92-389 issued by the Commission on Audit.


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Title Annotation:Provincial
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Nov 5, 2014
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