Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala should also be investigated by the Commission on Audit (COA) for allegedly misusing his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) when he was still a member of the House of Representatives.
An employee of COA, who asked that her identity be withheld, said COA Chairman Grace Pulido Tan should doublecheck the report submitted by Alcala to the audit agency because the beneficiaries in his report denied ever receiving any funds. In short, they were just used.
According to the same source, Alcala allocated P3.275 million of his PDAF to the Sir Pelagio Alcantara Development ((SPADE) foundation and P9 million to the Economic and Social Cooperation (ECOSOC) for local development between 2007 and 2009.
The fund was supposedly intended to help 40 farmers in Quezon province.
Unfortunately, most if not all of the “farmer beneficiaries” have not received a single cent to this day after affixing their signatures on documents prepared by SPADE and ECOSOC officials four years ago.
The SPADE foundation is run by Claron Alcantara, a close friend of Alcala while ECOSOC is headed by Roberto Solon, a former senior staff and friend of the Agriculture chief.
Alcala remains mum despite the filing of graft charges against him last year before the Office of the Ombudsman by the representatives of the farmers.
Surprisingly, Malacañang continues to ignore the issue.
Is Alcala really a “sacred cow” that he continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the President? Or is he just exempted from PNoy’s “tuwid na daan”?
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Who is Claron Alcantara?
For starters, Claron Alcantara is the chief of staff and undersecretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
He is also the general manager of Human Settlement Development Corp., a government-owned and controlled corporation under DA.
Alcantara also chairs the Maharlika Livelihood Center, an agency under DA that oversees the livelihood projects of the Agriculture department in Benguet province.
But little does everyone know that Alcantara is a close friend and associate of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.
Alcantara was the chairman of the Sir Pelagio Alcantara Development (Spade) Foundation, which was allegedly founded and controlled by Alcala and Alcantara.
Between 2007 and 2009, Alcala, while still a congressman, allocated P3.275 of his pork barrel to Spade foundation. The money was to fund livelihood projects for several farmers in Quezon province.
Unfortunately, no fund reached thes supposed beneficiaries according to reports.
For this reason, Alcantara and Alcala are now facing graft and corruption charges before the Ombudsman.
Is Alcantara really that good, Secretary Alcala, that he holds too many positions at the same time?