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More anomalies seen in Ecija palay procurement

Manny Galvez - The Philippine Star

CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines – The National Food Authority office in Nueva Ecija, which is investigating the reported misclassification of 32,695 bags of palay, is looking into other possible anomalies in the procurement deal, NFA Region 3 director Amadeo de Guzman said yesterday.

“Misclassification is just a tip of the iceberg. Marami pang lalabas diyan (Many more anomalies will come out),” De Guzman said.

He said misdeclaration in the handling of the procured grains could have possibly been committed.

“We will also look into that. That will be part of our investigation,” he said.

Earlier, De Guzman said some agency officials and personnel could be conspiring with some unscrupulous businessmen.

Two top NFA officials and 10 personnel were earlier relieved from their posts for misclassifying 32,695 bags of palay.

De Guzman said instead of declaring the bags of palay wet, the NFA personnel classified these as dry and clean.

With the misclassification, the personnel made it appear that the procurement amounted to P27.8 million, when the actual cost was only P17.9 million.

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