Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has dismissed from service towards 19 officers from state-owned National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC), Technology Resource Center (TRC), together with the now defunct National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR), for his or her participation in the anomalous utilization of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
The 19 respondents had been discovered answerable for varied administrative offenses corresponding to grave misconduct, critical dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the most effective curiosity of the service.
Ombudsman probers discovered that the respondents conspired with lawmakers in the anomalous utilization of the PDAF of former Representaives Salacnib Baterina, Prospero Nograles, Marc Douglas Cagas IV and Thomas Dumpit, Jr.
Ordered perpetually dismissed from authorities service are: Chief of Staff Jennifer Karen Lagbas and Chief Public Affairs Officer Danilo Jamito; NABCOR representatives Alan Javellana, Encarnita Cristina Munsod, Romulo Relevo, Rhodora Mendoza; NLDC representatives Gondelina Amata, Emmanuel Alexis Sevidal, Ofelia Ordoñez, Sofia Cruz; and TRC representatives Marivic Jover; Dennis Cunanan, Marivic Jover, Belina Concepcion, and Maurine Dimaranan; Filipina Rodriguez, Chita Jalandoni, Gregoria Buenaventura and Elsie Walican.
In case the penalty can now not be carried out on account of separation from the service, the penalty is convertible to a positive equal to the respondent’s one 12 months wage.
In their modus operandi, the multi-million peso PDAF tasks had been discovered to be “ghost projects.”
In the Ombudsman’s subject probe, it was found that many of the livelihood challenge beneficiaries denied receipt of the livelihood know-how kits/supplies, grafted seedlings, hand tractors and water pumps.
The reported tasks carried out, by way of the non-government organizations (NGOs), had been supported by questionable and spurious paperwork.
The suppliers additionally denied offering farm implements or issuing any invoices and receipts.
The 19 respondents are additionally going through trial earlier than the Sandiganbayan for a number of counts of violation of Republic Act No. 3019, or the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act”, and malversation. (PTR/PNA)