DSWD project: More bunkhouse anomalies seen

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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. 

  • JENNY NALIAN

    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…

      • popeyee

        ibitin na lang ng patiwarik para di gumastos para sa napakamahal na kuryente ng meralco…

  • 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…

    • http://www.facebook.com/andy.nicol.376 Andy Nicol

       tama ka dyan brod, mantakin mo sa mga brgy. projects, halimbawa 100k ang halaga, ang gagastusin dyan mga 50k to 60k lang kasi maraming matatalas na gunting ang dinadaanan ng bawat papeles, eh dadaan pa yan sa contractor, di ano ang kalalabasan ..

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

      Billions ang iniligay ni BS aquino sa Cash transfers, pero bakit super dami parin ang hirap at gutom? saan napupunta ang pera ha dinky?

  • 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

  • les21reago

    No wonder DINKY SOLIMAN is QUITE these recent days and BZ perhaps on accounting liquidations..

    • Marx Louis Wang

      CRITICAL SIYA SA ADMINISTRATION PERO SIYA MISMO NAMUMUNO SA MGA TAONG KURAP, MALAY NATIN MAY PORSIYENTO SIYA DOON.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6A22LWUWNJIOGCVOLUEREPIZ2I Juan

    Acutally matagal na ang mga ganitong pangyayari sa ating gobyerno … hindi sa sinasabi kong tama, ang kailangan lang nating malaman ay kung kelan nagsimula ang ganitong sistema, dahil yung ibang nasa pwesto ay nakita lang nila ang ganitong kalakalan, ang masama nga lang imbes na ituwid ay ginagaya pa nila. Pasalamat nga kayo dahil may DAANG MATUWID na nakamasid sa kanila. kaya kung may makita tayong ganitong katiwalian ay agad nating ipaalam sa kinauukulan at wag nating gamitin ang Daang Matuwid para mag criticised ng isang proyekto, Isipin po natin na ang layunin ng DAANG MATUWID ay itama ang mga maling gawi. kung may nakita tayong mali at hindi natin napigilan.. matatawag mo bang daang matuwid sinusunod mo ? isa ka sa mga makakatulong para mapalaganap ang daang matuwid.

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

      are you kidding??? eh kapag kaalyado ni BS aquino, tahimik siya, pero kapag kalaban, hayun, walang tigil sa sira at dakdak. nakakahiya, diba mga babae lang ang mahilig magparinig at manira at magtsimis?

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Why to be surprised ?

    This is only business as usual for 5% of the population, detrimental to the 95%.
    Poorer and weaker peoples are, easier it is to squeeze them, more squeeze they are.

    Life respect and dignity don’t exist, it’s replaced by robbery and killings thirst.
    By Hook or by Crook is the country driving forces !

    Nature disasters are best news for the happy few,
    this is the Philippines “Special Medieval Christian’s” way of life and results !

    To be honest, some words should be changed,
     
    –Christian has to be turned into Mangkukulamesque
    –Democracy into Plutocracy
    –Rape into Gift
    –Robbery into Help
    –Killings into Paradise express
    Etc.
    Etc.

    already done are

    Politician into Trapos
    Priest into Friars
    Congressmen into Tongressmen
    Officials into Gang’s Leaders,
    Etc.
    Etc.

    Honest and gifted peoples are considered as nuisances rotten Apple’s and immediately killed in this Mangkukulamesque Clergy Paradise.

    A failed Clergy for failed moral cultural values for a failed country.

    So sad, so many useless horrible sufferances for the hopeless majority staying on a land under a total destruction by few rotten “elites”, ironically admired by the masses, more they have stollen and killed more admired they are.

    An up side down country !

    • Bansot

      So sad and absolutely embarassing, but I too agree with what you’ve said. Until such time that we have eradicated corruption, and got rid of opportunistic officials in our system, we can never solve our insurgency for this is the only recourse of desperate victims of injustices in our society.

    • Marx Louis Wang

      KAYA NGA DAPAT NA HATOL DIYAN, PAGKATAPOS NA MAIBALIK ANG NINAKAW NILA (KUNG MAIBABALIK PA) DEATH ON FIRING SQUAD OR LETHAL INJECTION. PARA DI NA PAMARISAN.

  • http://twitter.com/XerxesOliver Xerxes Oliver

    ito ho ang nangyayari dito sa Mindanao na dapit sana recipient ng milyon-milyong donasyon sana i binulsa lang..halimbawa, tulad ng OWWA na namimigay ng P5000.00 every family na may OFW e hindi naman namin natanggap. Nabasa lang namin sa PIA na naipamudmod na raw. Hahay

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Pinagkakakitaan ang mga nasalanta……
    Malalim ang mararating niyo…
    Isaksak nyo yang nakaw niyo sa baga ng mga anak at pamilya nyo?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Nagkalat talaga ang kurakot sa bansa. Kahit sa private companies. Karamihan ng mga nasa position lalo na yung nasa purchasing bihasa din sa tongpats.

  • divictes

    Pablo opened the floodgates of Hell, but while the water has subsided, the demons are are still with us. The one thing that will exorcise us of these is the return of the death penalty. May I suggest decapitation___ using a nailcutter?

    • Marx Louis Wang

      INALIS ITO NI FAKE PRESIDENT PANDAKEKAK PARA SIYA MISMO HINDI MAPATAY.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PP5KWGEGQ2P3RC7SAHUQTT4V4Q DavOriental

    Solve na sana kami na walang alam si dinky d2 kaso wala namang aksyon na ginawa para sa mga taong involved dito sa bunkhouse, walang sanctions! puro pa bida!!!!

  • AllinLawisFair

    Alam ba ng Secretary  of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)  ang anomalyang ito?

    • Marx Louis Wang

      HAAAYYYYY LUMANG TUGTUGIN NA ITO…. NAKAWAN AT NAKAWAN NA WALANG KATAPUSAN.

  • bayankopdi

    This should be investigated, no wonder the project is so expensive….for sure millions are being pocketed by people from the DSWD…instead of using the money for projects millions are being pocketed….those people involved must be investigated and punished.  Paging Dinky Soliman…ano ba yan …natutulog ka ba sa Pancitan?…few days back many have criticized that the bunkhouses were expensive but You Dinky Soliman defended that there was no anomaly, now people who were used by DSWD people to steal spoke the truth….Ano ngayon masasabi mo?  Please lang po huwag nyong takpan ang mga magnanakaw sa opisina ninyo…

    • Marx Louis Wang

      DAPAT KAY DINKY SOLIMAN AY TANGGALIN AGAD SA PUWESTO KAPAG HINDI ITO NA-RESOLBAHAN KAAGAD!!! DAPAT MATUTO ANG MGA NAMUMUNO PARA ANG MGA TAUHAN NILA AY MAGING MATINO AT ALISIN ANG CORRUPTION!!!!

  • Marx Louis Wang

    KUNG SINO MAN ANG MAY PAKANA NITO, SINO MAN ANG NAGBULSA NG PERA, DAPAT AY FIRING SQUAD ANG HATOL!!! KAILAN PA MAHIHINTO ANG KADEMONYOHANG ITO!!! KAILAN??? IBALIK ANG DEATH PENALTY NG DI TULARAN ANG MGA HJDAS NA ITO!!! IYAN ANG NAGPAPAHIRAP SA ATIN!!!

  • AlexanderAmproz

    What is doing the Clergy when facing this kind of disaster,

    Collecting burial fees or free burial as a donation ?

    Pulling some Pesos from their deep pockets and numerous Bank accounts is hard to believe.
    The Clergy cultural traditional moral values is to dry up the poor and the country to satisfy their casual comfort money habits, looking on the other side in front of dying children’s who could be easily saved with affordable medicines.

    Clergy moral values are unfathomable !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    what can u expect? all govt officers are corrupt……simbahan nga corrupt e…sila pa……….buhok pa lang ni dinky soliman kulay kurakot na e…………..

  • josefe38

    DI ITO TOTOO, TUWAD NA DAAN NA TAYO!! WALANG CORRUPTION SA GOBERNO NI ABNOY,  PANINIRA LANG ITO !!!!  HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

  • sondo1968

    Attention : MaMang Pulis !!!  if you are reading this !!! Kindly show up.. Di ba ikaw ang punong tagapag tanggol ng Bunkhouse project na tama lang ang gastos ng DPWH….meron ka pang banat na pakana ito ng NPA

    MAMANG PULIS !!! MAGPAKITA KA

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JMOD4ETBHI6ZTYHVYJHN3SC7Q4 Diego

    kawawa naman kayo.. don’t you see.. Ito ang alam namin sa Ateneo. kasi taga Ateneo pala yang ring lieader ninyo.. taga ateneo din kami.. a bunch of dswd wrongdoers got jilted when their
    anomalies are about to be discovered and immediately joins up with their fellow
    communists in the media and communist groups like Gabriela, Bayan, LFS etc and
    turns the table on DSWD to hide their misdeeds… kaya lang hindi maipalabas sa
    media dahil hindi pinapansin ng media maliban na lang sa iilang media na
    matino. Personal revenge plus communist agenda para tumbahin and DSWD plus
    communist news reporters at kawawang mamamayan who are not given a clear view
    of both sides of the story equals KAGULOHAN. Yan ang gustong gusto ninyong mga
    walang kapasidad mag-isip. Pina paikot ikot na ang utak nyo ng mga congenital
    communist liars and you still can’t see it. Your ring leader June Sanchez
    Obenza ay intindihin na lang natin kasi she had an unhappy childhood, unhappy
    marriage, unhappy work at DSWD kasi walang competence.  Please advice her
    na ginagamit lang din sya ng mga hardline communist kaibigan nya para bumanat
    sa DSWD. Yong tipong inuuto uto. She is a mere pawn, not a superstar
    whistleblower that she probably thinks she is already right now.  Kawawa
    talaga….and for what? Sooner or later iiwanan lang yan ng mga kaibigan nya when
    they notice na puro  imagination lang pala ang mga sinasabi nya…Ngayon tinutulak sya na bumida talaga kasi yan ang psychology nya….. pero pagdating ng panahon she will be dropped like a hot potato ng mga kasama nya……… kawawa
    talaga. Please advice her… and kayo din mag isip ng matino kasi you are only wasting your time.. bigyan natin ng pahinga ang publiko

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