Sen. Cynthia Villar Say Senate Set To Investigate DA’s P1.8 Billion ‘Overpriced’ Fertilizers
SENATE – Senator Cynthia Villar said the Senate is set to investigate Department of Agriculture’s (DA) deal for allegedly overpriced fertilizer
Last month, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan asked the Senate to investigate the alleged overpricing of anti-COVID-19 medical supplies. On May 7, Sen. Panfilo Lacson accused some politicians of allegedly buying overpriced PPEs.
Senator Grace Poe said the 1 million sets of PPEs that the Department of Health (DOH) bout was allegedly overpriced by as much as 1 billion pesos. Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Maria Rosario Vergerie denied her allegations.
Now, the Senate is set to investigate the alleged overpriced fertilizers purchased by the Department of Agriculture (DA) amounting to 1.8 billion pesos. Senator Cynthia Villar told Failon Ngayon on Teleradyo, that several groups of farmers from Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan were asking for help from the senate. The farmers said the agriculture department bought fertilizers for P990/bag when it was only sold for only P850 per bag in the market.
“Nung dumating ‘yung letter… from Pangasinan at Nueva Ecija, it came after the break,” she said.
Sen. Cynthia Villar said she can only file for a resolution to investigate the alleged irregularities in the DA when they resume after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s State of the Nation Address on June 27. She said, “Mafafile ko lang ‘yung resolution pagbalik namin after ng SONA and then I will investigate the next week after.”
The senator also said she and her committee are also planning to check how the agency applied their research in actual farming. She clarified that she’s not against the research but doing it without applying it on the field is not good.
“Ang laki-laki ng budget sa research. Okay lang ang research but there should be an application kasi parang natatapos sila sa research. Hindi naman nila naa-apply sa daily lives ng farmers…”
“Hindi ko ayaw ng research pero ‘yung research na walang application, ‘yun ang masama,” she added.
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