THE head of the Technology Resource Center (TRC) on Friday filed an indefinite leave of absence with the office of Secretary Mario Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in light of news reports dragging his name in the pork barrel controversy.
In a statement, TRC director general Dennis Cunanan said he made the move in order to clear his name; and not to disrupt the operations of the agency and to protect its integrity.
“I am confident that ultimately my name will be cleared as my actions on this issue will bear me out. That being one of my first official actions upon assuming the helm in TRC is to look into the PDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund] disbursements,” Cunanan said in a statement.
Cunanan reiterated that since 2010 the TRC has ceased to implement PDAF and long before Janet Lim-Napoles made the headlines, the TRC has started its own investigation on the non-governmental organizations that failed to properly liquidate their PDAF funds. As early as May 2010, the Commission on Audit (COA), with full cooperation from TRC, has started the audit of the PDAF that was coursed through the Center from 2007 to 2009.
The TRC head has appeared before the National Bureau of Investigation Special Task Force and would welcome and cooperate with all other investigations.
In July 2010, the TRC under Cunanan blacklisted 44 non-government organizations which failed to properly liquidate their PDAF funds, 8 of which are now reported in media as identified with the JLN Group.
The agency stipulated in a memorandum dated July 16, 2010 that it will not enter into any agreements with them as regards the implementation of livelihood projects until such time that they submit their liquidations and the deficiencies noted in various COA audit observations are resolved.