‘BuCor lacks expertise to manage Tadeco’


The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has admitted that it lacks the capability to manage the 5,308.36-hectare banana plantation inside the Davao Penal Colony reservation which is presently run by the Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc. (Tadeco).

Tadeco was recently brought to court by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who accused the company of using the facility to the disadvantage of the government.

Bucor Director Benjamin de los Santos said the bureau is waiting for the recommendation of the Department of Justice and the House of Representatives, which conducted an inquiry into the 25-year joint venture agreement between BuCor and Tadeco.

“We do not have the capability and expertise to manage the plantation,” de los Santos said. “All of our contingency planning will be subject to the final outcome of the congressional investigation and recommendations of the DoJ,” he said when asked if BuCor has a plan if the lease contract with Tadeco is cancelled.

The Office of the Solicitor General had earlier found the agreement null and void.

Tadeco is a banana corporation owned by the family of Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo, Jr.

Alvarez had said that the lease agreement was approved by BuCor in 1979 and was extended for another 25 years in 2003 “contrary to law and public policy.”


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  1. LORAINEaldana on

    Sayang nman yung lupa kung sa mga ganid lang mapupunta na katulad nila Alvarez. MAbebenta lang to sa mga walang pagmamalasakit sa empleyado at sa lupa. NAkakalungkot isipin na ganito ang gobyerno natin ngayon.

  2. Speaker is so obsessed to get the prime land?? No wonder kung ano ang plan niya, as usual this is all about his own welfare.. For we all know that he is a self centered man..

  3. Grabe na tlga yung mga namumuno sa atin especially etong Alvarez and Aguirre, wala na tlgang naging matinong ginawa itong mga to, gusto lang nila yung makalamang sila. Hindi matitinong leader, hindi isinaaalang alang yung mga taong mas nangangailangan at yun lang ang pinagkakabuhayan nila.

  4. Eto si Alvarez, obsessed talaga with his frienemy that even if presented with facts he tends to disregard them para lang maipilit yong flawed accusations nya. Could it be that it’s because he’s not the brightest apple out there to understand the facts or he’s just too blinded with his hate? I bet both. stupidly arrogant and vindictive, what a combination!

  5. Di kasi nagiisip tong si Alvarez and Aguirre. Basta lang ipapa cancel nila ng walang basehan kahit pa ang mawawalan any gobyerno din. Gamit gamit din ng utak.