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DSWD project: More bunkhouse anomalies seen

ROMULO SEROT and his son, Remly, admit working on the construction of a bunkhouse by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) but are surprised when they are informed that their signatures appeared on a liquidation sheet that showed they got paid more than they were. NICO ALCONABA / INQUIRER MINDANAO

COMPOSTELA, Compostela Valley—Borrowing carpentry tools from a friend, Romulo Serot worked on the first day of the building of one of two Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-funded bunkhouses on the grounds of the University of Southeastern Philippines here.

The day after, however, his friend had to take his tools back, leaving the 50-year old Serot with no choice but to not show up at the construction site.

With Serot out of work, his 23-year-old son Remly volunteered to replace his father, this time as a carpenter’s helper. He worked for three days before deciding to return to his old job as driver of a pedal-pushed tricycle.

A week after, Remly collected P600 as payment for his three-day job. He also received P300 for his father’s one-day work.

Last Saturday, however, the father and son were shocked to learn that they received a total of P8,400 for 12 days of work on the bunkhouse. Based on liquidation records of the DSWD, Romulo and Remly were paid P350 per day for 12 days.

Before showing them a copy of the DSWD liquidation sheet, the Inquirer asked the Serots to sign on a piece of paper and compare these with signatures on the liquidation sheet. The result: Remly’s signature was similar to what was on the liquidation sheet. Romulo’s, however, was very different.

Still, Remly was certain that it was not his signature on the liquidation sheet. “I did not sign that,” he said.

Romulo kept asking: Who signed for his name and who took the money?

Remly admitted that he affixed his signature on a document, but not the liquidation sheet that the Inquirer showed him, when he collected his father’s P300 pay.

“I signed, yes, but I used my signature,” he said.

Romulo insisted that it was not his signature on the DSWD liquidation sheet.

“Besides, I will not claim that money because I did not work for it,” the elder Serot said. “But why would they use my name for them to earn money?” he said.

The case of the Serots indicate possible forgery and falsification of documents in the project. Romulo puts a theory forward: He said each bunkhouse did cost P550,000 “because maybe the amount included money for themselves (those behind the project).”

Romulo said if there were savings in the project, “they should have not pocketed it.”

“They should have used it in other projects for the typhoon victims,” he said.

The Serots are only two of the hundreds of workers who built 23 bunkhouses in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. Nico Alconaba, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Malapit na matapos ang maliligayang araw ni Dinky Soliman. Isang anomalya na di na dapat makalusot. Sipain ka agad at kasuhan sa Ombudsman. 

    The president must keep some distance with his Cabinet secretaries who are abusive and destroy his program of straight path (Daang matuwid). How can we support it if the ordinary Filipino worker is unjustly USED for the purpose of enriching those in power?

    Media must also be vigilant that any other information to catch those who steal money from the poor in this anomalous 23 bunkhouses project and not fall into the temptation to accept payola to keep quiet. Media, you are the eyes and ears of the people. Please do your broadcasting and news reporting mission to clean our country from fraudulent misfits in government service.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T4UWEQIDXLS7RQXY2DDQTV6MNE carol

      Kasi ang style ni BS aquino ay kapag kaalyado, tahimik siya, kapag kalaban, talagang sisiraan ka hanggang buto maski wala pang nakikitang evidencia.
      Masyado ang brainwashing na ang galing ng economia natin, sa mga kalyado niya siguro. Paano ang mga kababayan natin na talaga namang napakahirap. Si Dinky Duo, haay Cash Transfers ay napoakadaling magnakaw diyan. 

  • gudwil2all

    paulit-ulit ninyong binoboto ang mga magnanakaw
    kaya nanakawan kayo

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    Iyan ang sinasabi ko noon pa hingi ng hingi ng tulong ginamit ang mga kawawang biktima at pagkatapos ibubulsa lahat ang mga nakuhang tulong sa buong mundo. Iyan ang mga walang konsensiya at mga kawatan sa gobyerno. Magpakasaya sila na gamitin at ipakain sa kanikanilang pamilya ang mga ninakaw nila.

  • Coffeedream24

    Did people also checked the proceeds when they donated millions to TV Networks raising funds every time there are calamities in the Philippines? How come that people affected in these areas are still homeless, jobless, crop-less? They organized telethon to raise these funds but until now,  affected people and areas are not given attention and necessary help…It’s not just the government that we need to closely look. I think we also need to mind these organizations claiming to help but is also making CHARITY a money-making scheme. That is how ads can be misleading…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

      I’m sure may problema din jan. Like from what I heard, not all donations for a paticular calamity are released. They save some for other activities not related to the calamity. Kung ikaw ang nag donate, ok lang ba sayo yun? Of course not. What you donated, you expect to be exhausted for that particular calamity. Kaya dapat ma-audit din yan. Else, wag na lang. Kanya kanyang abuloy na lang diretso sa mga nasalanta. 


    I so love Nico Alconaba na! more more!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNASVGXZ23VCJWV7KO7WPDIKKI George

    time to introiduce “firing squad” for corrupt govt officials

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

      silya elektrika ata mas maganda…

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Is this how it is at TUWAD na DAAN este tuwid na daan? 

    It maybe small time but no matter what it is that is still corruption involving forgery and estafa or downright theft. This administration can’t continue to harp on being righteous if they continue to fail in curbing corruption.

    • frankgz

       P550,000 for a bunkhouse is not small time. A half million here and a half million there and pretty soon you’re talking real money. Where did I hear that before?

  • juancrossofthe

    this is not the President acts.. better call for investigation… i am sure this is the work of a midlevel corrupt official.. if this reported and the secretary will not act on the report then the secretary is involved and if the president will not act on this he is part of the scam… Bogus Manpower… i’ve seen this even in Barangay Projects that the Municipal Engineer and treasurer  and other officials are getting the cuts on the budget of a projects for their signatures so the funds will be released and end up a substandard or unfinished projects…

  • JasonBieber

    Unfortunately for these poor hard working Filipinos their problems are not a concern for the Malacanang.

    The rich get richer and the poor suffer and get poorer. That’s especially more evidence during this Administration. PNoy has not done enough to help the poor. He has not done enough to help the victims of natural disasters to the point that his chief for the Philippine national response department on natural disaster  quit and his DSWD appointee is having problems too and complaints from the poor.

    PNoy is campaigning as if he’s done everything so well but the voices of the poor who are suffering are not being heard and they are not being helped.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Dinky, anong sey mo dito?

  • speedstream2

    Isn’t money, lots of money, quite tempting? Isn’t love of money, like they say, the root of evil, or something like that? To be sure and to satisfy a curious or doubtful citizenry, though, shouldn’t a proper and thorough accounting of calamity funds, public and private, be done asap?

  • kismaytami

    That’s why I hate paying taxes.

  • Ravens727

    So what will happen now…..?  the answer is “NOTHING”…….corruption here, corruption there, corruption everywhere…………..if filipinos have the chance to steal, why not,  99% of them thieves can get away with it…….AMEN….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    kawatan na naman,ano klaseng tao nakaupo sa DSWD .

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

      hindi naman ata tao naka up sa DSWD…

  • disqus_F7NxgCOapC

    Hindi na balita yan, very common yan sa mga local government….

  • symonwho

    Paging COA and Ombudsman. You need not be told to take action.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    Something is stinky with Dinky Soliman. Face pa lang halata nang bantay salakay.

    • butchred

       brad Doble Cara kaya yan…..dating Arroyo ally yan na tumalikod nung nangdaya si arroyo nung election. kulang pa kasi nakulimbat nya noon kya ngaun ke pnoy administration naman sya mangungulimbat!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    Hangga’t hindi binibitay yang mga korap na yan ay hindi matitigil ang korapsyon sa Pinas..!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    DSWD/ COA should not wait for liqiuidation. They should be there as these expenses are incurred. Alam naman natin na cash disbursements are very prone to illicit acts. Why not stop it from happening, rather than reacting after it happened? Kawawa mga kababayan natin, naslaanta na ng bagyo, nadugasan pa. Country of thieves talaga tayo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RB77HFWKYPOOSGRUY4BZD6RJ4U Ronald

    Daang Kurakot

  • doublecross

    sino ba ang may hawak nito…tsk…tsk…tsk….alisin na siya, pls.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    ibalik na kasi ang silya elektrika at prituhin ng buhay ang mga korap!

  • http://www.facebook.com/felimon.o.rodriguez Felimon Rodriguez Jr.

    yan ang DAANG MATUWID……..mga botante alam nyo na

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