National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Antonio Nangel must have been one of the highest paid officials in government last year. His monthly take home pay, including basic salary, allowances and other benefits, was a staggering P1.5 million.
Nangel, who got a dressing down from President Benigno Aquino 3rd several days ago because of the agency’s poor performance, was kicked out of his post on Tuesday.
President Aquino confirmed that he is not renewing the appointment of Nangel, whose term of office ended on June 30.
The contract of the NIA administrator is renewed yearly. “Maliban na lang kung magkaroon ako ng amnesia mula ngayon hanggang mamaya, wala akong balak irenew siya [Unless I suddenly develop amnesia now until later, I have no intention of renewing him],” the President told reporters.
The Commission on Audit reported that last year, Nangel had a monthly income of P1.18 million.
On top of that, he got P332,000 as the chairman of NIA Consult, Inc., a subsidiary of NIA. In all, Nangel received almost P1.5 million in combined salary and allowances in 2012.
The Manila Times asked the Office of the Ombudsman to release copies of Nangels SALN for 2010 to 2012 but only his 2011 asset report was released.
In 2011, Nangel declared a net worth of P10.3 million but paid a measly P7,000 in taxes, data culled from the Office of the Ombudsman showed.
Based on his 2011 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), Nangel and his wife Felicisima, a businesswoman, had nine real properties. Most of his estates, worth P11.3 million, are in Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija province. He has a house and lot in Baguio City valued at P1 million and a P3.5-million condominium unit in Manila.
He also has five vehicles, a truck, jewelry worth P100,000 and cash deposits.
His total assets were pegged at P18.29 million while his liabilities, which included bank loans, was P8 million.
His wife Felicisima had two companies: Agri-Poulty Supply, a general trading enterprise, and FMN Petron Service, which operates a gasoline station in Cabanatuan City.
Interestingly, as of December 2011, Nangel’s payable tax to the BIR was only P7,693.37.
Aquino showed his displeasure at Nangel and NIA officials in his speech during the agency’s golden anniversary celebration on June 25, castigating the agency for its failure to reach its irrigation targets.
He said NIA’s accomplishment rate from 2001 to 2009 was a poor 66 percent from the target it set to irrigate new lands.
In 2011, the agency’s accomplishment was 87 percent. However, it fell to 65 percent in 2012.
Aquino has ordered the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to audit NIA funds.
Nangel has blamed NIA’s failure to irrigate more lands last year to typhoon Pablo, which hit Mindanao in December.
The President said instructed the Executive Secretary and other concerned agencies to verify Nangel’s excuses.
NIA, a government-owned and -controlled corporation, is primarily responsible for developing and managing irrigation systems in the country.