Zambo del Sur town mayor faces dismissal over aqua-culture supplies deal

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 30 2018 01:46 PM

MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Roy Encallado for grave misconduct for the supposed anomalous procurement of fish cages, fingerlings and fish feeds.

Also ordered dismissed were Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Chairman Arwin Alpha; members Alex Villarin, Elvira Emia, Andres Limatoc, and Merlinda Ambaic; municipal accountant Eien Maning; National Resource Management focal person and municipal planning officer Ludivina Salazar; and inspection officer Pilar Locop.

Based on the investigation of the Ombudsman, the municipality received in 2014 a P5 million grant from the Department of Agriculture under the Sustainable Income Generating Activity, a sub-project of the Mindanao Rural Development Program funded by the World Bank.

The Commission on Audit issued a Notice of Disallowance on April 14, 2016, after it was found out that respondents paid Barcelona Spring Farm some P4.11 million as early as January 2015 before the completion of the delivery, inspection and acceptance of the supplies on February 20, 2015.

“By grossly failing to observe the procedure in R.A. No. 9184, in the procurement of the fish cages, fingerlings, and fish feeds and by effecting payments in advance of the inspection and acceptance, the respondents, in the performance of their official duties, willfully intended to violate the law or to disregard established rules,” the Ombudsman said.