Ex-worker bares faking of documents in DSWD

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DAVAO CITY—The falsification of documents, signatures included, in connection with projects’ implementation is a common practice in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), claimed a former agency worker, who had sued four social welfare officials in  the Ombudsman on Friday.

Charged with falsification of public documents were Annabelle Jabla, regional financial analyst of the DSWD’s Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (Kalahi-CIDSS) program, and engineer Santos Eusebio Jr., Kalahi-CIDSS regional community infrastructure specialist.

Those charged with dereliction of duties were Priscilla Razon, DSWD officer in charge regional director, and Loreta Anas, head of the DSWD’s human resources department.

June Sanchez-Obenza, former community development assistant under the Pamana project of the DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS program, said the forgery of signatures of two construction workers in the bunkhouse project for Typhoon “Pablo” victims in Compostela town in Compostela Valley was among many incidents of falsification of documents by some social welfare officials.

“Perhaps, only two workers were discovered in Compostela because it could be that all the others were ghost workers,” she told reporters here after she filed the cases in the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao.

She said the same thing also happened in the typhoon-ravaged towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston in Davao Oriental, and she had witnessed some of these acts of dishonesty among officials.

Obenza said, in other DSWD programs, the same thing happened in the past, long before Typhoon Pablo hit Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

She said, in Kalahi-CIDSS projects, social welfare officials would also connive to forge documents to meet the deadline set by the World Bank, the main fund donor.

“There are two issues here: The forging of signatures in the regular implementation of DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS program and the forging of signatures in the disaster response projects, particularly in the construction of bunkhouse [for typhoon-devastated areas],” Obenza said.

In justifying the charges she brought up against Jabla, Eusebio, Razon and Anas, she said it was obvious the four officials were involved in a conspiracy at the government’s disadvantage.

She said she opted to seek the Ombudsman’s help in combating the malpractice because the complaints she had earlier filed in the DSWD’s grievances and redress committee never yielded positive results.

Obenza said the four DSWD officials “have conspired and committed acts of grave misconduct and dishonesty in office” and acts that are “criminal in nature,” such as forging of public documents.

She identified Jabla and Eusebio in the charge sheet as the ones responsible for the forgery, while Razon and Anas also allegedly played major roles in the misconduct.

In her affidavit-complaint, she recounted how on Nov. 14-16, during the request for fund releases, preparation and review workshop at Eden Nature Resort, Jabla and Eusebio ordered the forging of signatures of public officials to speed up the release of funds for Kalahi-CIDSS projects. She would not name the public officials, whose signatures had been forged, but added she had documents to prove this claim.

Obenza said she opposed the move but the two officials retorted it was the only way to speed up the implementation of the projects in deference to the deadline the World Bank had set.

“My immediate supervisor, Nick Digol, the community process specialist, and I have always been against this practice but it has been persistently forced upon other area coordinators because of the instructions of Jabla and Eusebio,” she added.

In her affidavit, Obenza also mentioned a complaint made by a private contractor for a Kalahi-CIDSS project in Manay, Davao Oriental, about a “commission,” which the Kalahi-CIDSS engineer (Eusebio) had allegedly demanded.

She said the “commission” was about 10 percent of the total project cost.

Obenza said, when she confronted Eusebio about this, the official had told her he was “merely soliciting sponsorship for his daughter’s birthday.”

She said what drove her to sue the four DSWD officials was the hope that it would eventually trigger a wider investigation.

“I decided to file the case in  the Ombudsman because there are already a lot of things coming out in the media, and the central office is still asking us to wait [for the results of the grievance committee investigation] but are they really investigating?” Obenza asked.

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  • mekeni62

    inuuod talaga sa kabulukan itong DSWD.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483998570 Marcus Lee

      Hindi naman yata makatarungan na lahatin ng empleyado at opisyales ng DSWD ay yurakan natin. Marami pa ring empleyado ang matatawag nating huwaran. Wag tayo maging unfair. 

      Lahat naman tayo nais natin maparusahan ang mga nagkasala at dapat doon tayo tumutok. Wag natin pulaan pati mga taong nagsisilbi ng tapat. Marahil lahat naman tayo ay may pinag-aralan, gamitin natin, mag-isip bago magsalita. Respeto rin sa kapwa. 

      Again kahit ako galit sa mga Tao sa gobyerno na nagsasamantala. Tama na maging mapagmatyag tayo lahat para maparusahan ang mga nagkasala at sana rin matuto rin tayo magpasalamat sa mga taong tunay na nagsisilbi sa bayan natin. Wag sana tayo masanay na pamumuna lang ang nais gawin matuto rin tayo mag appreciate sa magagandang nagawa.

      • mekeni62

        eh di bato-bato sa langit tamaan huwag magalit.Kung may natutulungan man ang DSWD pero rampant ang corruption sa pamunuan you can never erase the stigma.Magalit na ang mga tinamaan. Dedma na lang ang matitino. ganun iyon. Katulad sa ating mga kapulisan na kapag binanggit ang PNP bulok na pamunuan kaagad ang pumapasok sa isipan ninuman pero this does not mean lahat ng pulis ay corrupt di ba? Sige nga kung namumutakti ng corruption sa DSWD how would you generally describe it?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483998570 Marcus Lee

        Mas tama na lang sabihin na linisin o tanggalin ang mga mapapatunayang nagkasala. Mali rin kasi na sabihin na “inuuod talaga sa kabulukan itong DSWD”. Makakabuting alamin muna natin kung ilan ba talaga ang mga corrupt na sinasabi nyo then compare nyo sa dami ng empleyadong matitino. Mali na gumamit ng statement na parang pinalalabas na majortiy sa DSWD masama. Unfair yan sir sabi ko nga para sa halos lahat ng mga empleyado ng DSWD na matitino. Kung magresearch ka lang malalaman mo na halos lahat ng nagtratrabaho sa DSWD may puso na ginagampanan ang trabaho nila kahit sobra pa ang pagsisilbi nila kesa sa sahod na natatanggap nila. Kung meron man napabalita na gumawa ng kalokohan bilangin mo yan sir, di pa yan aabot sa 0.001% man lang ng kabuuang empleyado ng ahensya. 

        Isa lang naman hiling ko. Pakiayos lang ang pagcomment. Wag maging unfair. Tama na magalit kayo sa mga ilang tao na pinaniniwalaan nyo nagkasala base sa balita pero again wag nyo lahatin.

        Salamat

  • Horst Manure

    Good luck with that but don’t place to much hope in the Just Us and judiciary system 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Put3!!! Ang dami-dami pang mga biktimang walang bahay na mga nasalanta ng bagyong Pablo yun pala naman ay may raket palang nangyayari… Dapat ay huwag tantanan yan ng imbestigasyon. Maaaring yung nasa itaas ay hindi nila nalalaman ang nangyayari sa ibaba. Maari ding may kinalaman sila. Dapat itong busisiin ng husto…

  • $14334231

    money, greed and power are the roots of all evil…and money is not prejudice when it comes to gender…so, que se juda kong maraming hindi natulungan, o matutulungan (in the future), basta ang bulsa nila ay umaapaw ng pera……

  • ARIKUTIK

    Ang DSWD ay bulok sa BILLION BILLIONNG Inutang CCT fund ni Penoy. Si Soliman ay ka KKK kaya wala inbestigasyon sa DSWD. Penoy number one corrupt through vanishing CCT fund.

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

      idyot, read carefully and use your styupid brain, did you see any connection of soliman and the president ? you should be grateful that they’re looking into this corruption and filing charges immediately.

      • maypakialamtayo

        di mo ba alam ang command of responsibility, o baka kasalanan na naman ng nakalipas na administrasyon yan, bakit kayong mga kulay hepa hindi nyo makita ang mga maling gawain ng kasalukuyang administrasyon, and dami ng pumalpak may naparusahan pa, idyot!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    Jail all these corrupt  DSWD  personnel !!

  • divictes

    Making money
     Out of other people’s misery. 
     Kaya pala nakangisi   
    Ito’ng DSWD   
     Tuwing may calamity.

  • batangpaslit

    wala na bang matinong institution o agency sa bansang Pilipinas?
    ultimo ang DWSD na inaasahang dapat matino kasi Social Workers sila, eh, kasama rin pala sa KC
    (Kurakot Club)
    paano na lang ang bayang tinubuan?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000202837822 Julie Panaguiton

    nakakalungkot…depressing…

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

    kapit bisig laban sa kahirapan.ang ganda ng pangalan.di pala sila naawa sa nasalanta ng PABLO.corrupt na naman

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483998570 Marcus Lee

      Maganda ang nagagawa ng ilang programa ng DSWD tulad ng KALAHI-CIDSS. Unfortunately meron mga ilang tao na nainvolve sa mga di magandang issue. Again lawakan natin ang ating pag iisip. ang kasalanan ng iilan di dapat dinadamay ang kabuuan. It will be unfair para sa mga empleyadong malinis at nagbibigay serbisyo ng higit pa sa sinasahod nila. makabubuti na alamin din natin ang mga proyekto ng gobyerno at ano ang naidulot nito sa mas nakakaraming tao.
      So i suggest dapat iwasan natin pulaan ang mga proyektong ito bagkus ay usigin natin ang mga taong nagkasala at dumudungis sa pangalan ng mga proyektong naglalayon na iaangat ang antas ng pamumuhay ng mga maralita. Maging MAKATARUNGAN tayo.

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

        tama sir,iilan lang pala ang may gustong sirain ang pangalan ng DSWD

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483998570 Marcus Lee

        kung ating susumahin wala pa sa 0.001% ng kabuuang empleyado ng DSWD ang gumagawa ng kalokohan. kaya sana maging sensitive din tayo para higit pa sa 99.95% na tunay na naglilingkod ng tapat. wag natin lahatin parati ang pagpula. 

        Salamat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483998570 Marcus Lee

    .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

    Dapat mawala sa lipunan ang mga tiwaling tao, dahil wala ng bitay ikulong ng habang buhay mantakin mong dalawang panig ang ginawan nila ng kasalanan. ang gobiyerno at ang recipient ng tulong na ito. Dapat may cash incentive ang mga taong malakas ang loob na mag bulgar ng katiwalian.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483998570 Marcus Lee

      tama ka jan. dapat ang mga tiwali pinarurusahan once napatunayan na nagkasala sila. biktima rin tuloy ang mga taong matitino at nagsisilbi ng tunay.

  • maypakialamtayo

    ang tuwid na daan, BOW.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    so what is the Ombudsman and the COA doing?…are they gonna wait for another typhoon to arrive, and allow these people to rake in a lot of money again?

  • louie esguera

    bitayin yan si soliman kasama ang kanyang amo na abnoy ng patuwad..

  • louie esguera

    mr.marcus lee..i love you,,halata naman na ikaw ay dilawan..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MCIHZNYSHCRWBN6X5A7NWWRT4M Choi

    …………..

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