• NIA execs, 50 others face graft charges


    THREE National Irrigation Administration (NIA) officials in the Caraga Region are facing graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman over anomalous projects worth P119 million, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said on Friday.

    Director Benjamin Magalong said NIA regional manager Encarnacion Soriano and former managers Modesto Membreve and Dexter Patrocinio were identified by the Joint Special Investigating Team (JSIT) as involved in the anomalous projects in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

    The three were found to have violated Republic Act 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and RA 9184, or the Procurement Law.

    President Benigno Aquino 3rd has ordered the creation of JSIT to probe the irregularities in the implementation of the NIA projects in Caraga.

    JSIT comprised CIDG, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Justice, Department of Public Works and Highways and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission.

    Magalong said JSIT investigators learned that the funds for the projects in Caraga have been released in early 2012 but the projects remain unfinished up to now.

    The CIDG chief said technical specialists also found that the materials used in the said projects were substandard and the prescribed specifications were not followed by the NIA officials.

    Magalong said that more charges will be filed against the three officials and 50 other individuals in connection with the Agusan del Norte projects.

    “Probe on the other anomalous projects of the NIA is still ongoing, as the criminal raps filed last Monday are just the beginning of series of investigations on reports of widespread anomalies in the implementation of NIA projects worth hundreds of millions, perpetrated by several key officials in the said agency,” said Magalong.


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    1. That’s the problem in the Philippines, there’s always gaya-gaya and the thoughts of Leadership by example, the tendency is anything would be followed by the people in lower ranks. that’s the reason why corruptions becomes the part of the government system because that’s what they see in the higher ups. They termed it as survival, and that is the system, if they won’t do it now, when? when the administration change, they will lost also as they are also co-terminos.

    2. Arch. Angelito Lingan Mallonga on

      Finally we hear this anomalies being address by PNoy government.
      Everybody knows the corruption within NIA for a very long time. It
      is the FARMERS who are the real victims here. If only this funds
      are being used wisely than maybe our Philippine Government
      would have reduce our Dollar reserve from buying rice from Thailand
      and now Vietnam.

      Those Children of the Farmers would have just focus in helping their
      parents in the Agriculture Industry rather then them taking more
      on the white collar jobs. Remember that the Philippines with closed
      to 100 Million People and most of them at least 85% are farmers
      and Fisherfolks who are the real backbone of any countries.

      If they are not supported all the way, sooner or later we will have
      to import most of our food and that will be the real problem of the
      Philippines. We are seeing it right now in our own eyes with the recent
      Chicken that most of the big restaurant who can not supply our people
      and one has to closed for a week due to it.

      Chickens, other animals depends of the feeds and farmers are the front
      line to produce what we all need. I am reminded of our late
      Pres. Ramon Magsaysay who was love by everybody not only the
      farmers but all including the landowners who made it work on
      helping both its other. We did not import rice at all. But it is
      not to late to do it. Rather than those land being ideal might as
      well utilized it all.