Issues on Pdaf linger

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Monday, May 12, 2014


KALINGA Representative Manuel Agyao admitted problems on projects funded through his Priority Development Assistance Fund (Pdaf) allocation.

Agyao said the projects have documentation problems, however, adding his Pdaf funds were coursed through non government organizations (NGOs) accredited by the Department of Agriculture.

“I will not deny that some projects funded through my Pdaf are problematic. In fact, all of us [in the House] have problematic projects,” he said.

Agayao said the projects were coursed through organizations accredited by the Department of Agriculture (DA), believing the money will go to the intended beneficiaries.

He mentioned the National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) and National Livelihood Corporation (NLDC) as among the accredited NGOs which accessed funds from his Pdaf.

“Many are not aware of the system that the NGO is the one implementing the projects under the Pdaf. We the congressmen cannot spend our PDAF without coursing it through NGOs,” Agyao said.

A Commission on Audit (COA) report showed Agyao coursed P11.5 million of his Pdaf allocation through Ito Na Movement Foundation (Itonami) through the implementing agencies NABCOR and NLDC.

Annex C of the COA report revealed while Itonami was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it did not have any permit to operate, nor was it ever a tenant of the address they gave.

The projects coursed through Itonami and Nabcor were for the procurement of 4WD tractors.

While Northern Asia Sales Corporation confirmed the delivery of 4WD tractors, the status of these tractors could not be established.

The City Agricultural Officer of Tabuk claimed he is unaware of any 4WD tractors turned over to the City Government during the previous and present administration.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 13, 2014.

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