Exec clueless about rubber firm

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ZAMBOANGA CITY—The operation of the ZNAC Rubber Estate Corp. (ZREC) remains a big puzzle to the regional director of the Department of Agriculture in Western Mindanao.

“I was a graduate of agriculture from ZNAC (the Zamboanga del Norte Agricultural College) in 1980 and now I am the regional director of the agriculture department but my knowledge is very limited as far as who runs (ZREC) and how it is being run,” said Eduardo Holoyohoy in a phone interview.

ZREC, a government-owned and -controlled corporation (GOCC) organized in 1984, operates a rubber estate in Zamboanga del Norte (not Zamboanga Sibugay as earlier reported). ZREC leased the land from ZNAC for a period of 50 years.

ZREC was thrust into the limelight when it emerged last week that it was the recipient of P201 million in pork barrel funds from Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. and former Buhay party-list Rep. Rene Velarde.

A Commission on Audit (COA) report said the four lawmakers were the sources of the P206 million in priority development assistance fund (PDAF) money that was earmarked for the Department of Agriculture (DA) and released in several tranches in 2009 and 2010.

Of the P206 million, P201 million was turned over by the DA to ZREC, which in turn transferred P194.97 million to an allegedly bogus nongovernment organization, the Pangkabuhayan Foundation Inc., that is supposedly helping farmers in the provinces.

According to Holoyohoy, the state-owned ZNAC, now known as the Jose Rizal Memorial College in Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte, had subleased some 1,000 hectares of land from the Bagong Lipunang Livelihood project of then first lady Imelda Marcos in 1978.

He said “only 500 hectares were developed into a rubber plantation.”

Holoyohoy said it was only recently that he was informed that the plantation, “which has been there for a long time and in fact has been programmed for rehabilitation,” was being run by the National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor). ZREC is a subsidiary of Nabcor.

Holoyohoy said Nabcor’s directors were mostly from the DA central office in Manila. Julie Alipala, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • dexter ngayan

    This is where are taxes go – appear disappear!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

    Laundering house talaga ng mga PDAF at CDF ng mga politicos  before they are taken back by them using their favored NGOs. Meyrong mas malinis na paraan, the CDFs and PDAFs be cleared thru their favorite LGUs manned by close political allies or family member politicians to finance projects with parallel financing by the concerned LGU so that the project will be seen by the people but the duplicate funds will be lost somewhere else.

  • bogli_anakdami

    yon naman pala eh… robber ooopsie rubber plantation…

    ang mga hindot na taprosakals eh tama… sa robber plantation itinanim ang pera…

    kaya pala patalbog-talbog ang mga perang ninakaw ng mga hindot na traposakals…

    hoy mga flip gung gongs, hetong tanong… kelan kayo babawing umiyot?… kasi, lagi na lang kayo ang ini-iyot ng inyong mga lider…

  • pipsirho

    P201 MILLION mawawala ng ganun lang at hindi alam ng mga senador? Hindi pwede! KAHIT KAILAN HINDI MO MALALAMANGAN ANG MAGNANAKAW; MAARING LAMANGAN KA, PERO IKAW HINDI MO SILA MALALAMANGAN!!!

    Sa Pilipinas pa!!! Walng nilalang ang nakapaglamang sa mga senador!!!

  • Pongkam

    This should caution us VOTERS, whom to put us our leaders this coming ELECTION.
    Money Laundering among corrupt politicians, so that they’ll have the people’s money to buy the people’s vote.

    To stay in power and continue their corrupt ways and even have the GALL to pass these corrupt practices to their SONS and DAUGHTERS….

    The callousness of this all….

    God be with us if don’t learn…

  • vaporub123

    an n.g.o. in western mindanao run by directors of the d.a.central office in manila?diyan pa lang kita ng kawalanghiyaan ng mga taga central office at itong mga senador at congressman nag tanga tangahan na di nila alam saan napupunta ang mga pork barrel nila?hugas kamay na naman ang mga ito.kaya kayo mga botante,gamitin ng maayos ang pagboto  ngayon halalan ng di na kayo maloko ng mga taong tulad nitong mga senador at congressman.

  • Roberto Duran

    hahahaha….mga senador, I command you, now go to Corona and face him and stare with him eye to eye..sino ngayon ang class A na magnanakaw? I know, you can stare him in the eye, sanay na kasi kayo magnakaw at mga wala naman kayong kaluluwa!

    • wakats

      You’re right.  The enrile-estrada-revilla troika represents a fine example of how taxpayers’ money are being robbed on a regular basis by the senatongs/tongressmen.

      What a SHAME….

  • UrHONOR

    YAN yong matagal ko ng sinasabing mga SALAMANGKERO ng bayan.  Konting kuskos, ayos!  Tapos tuwang-tuwa kapag tinatawag ng HONORABLE!  OO nga, honorable…honorable krimen al!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FXCIZ3GD4CSNVVIUIVYX6VC4KI Apolinario

    I wonder why the Pnoy government is not honkering on this issue. All I know is Simeon is not interested in removing the pork barrel. Why? Is he  also interested in the bullshit funds? Does this government has enought knowledge of how to divert those funds into their pockets?

    Action is louder then words. Inactions means there are some hidden interest on it. Magkano kaya ang mapupunta sa mga ungas na to?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AND7MQ5FERICDOIAUW56RYT45A tower_of_power

       Kaya ba kalabanin ni Pnoy lahat ng LAWLESSMAKERS?? Hindi!!!! Naghihintay lang si Pnoy na dadami pa ang kakampi nya … kaya bigyan natin siya ng kakampi sa darating na election!!!! Pag naibigay natin sa kanya ang kakampi … bigyan natin siya ng oras … saka tayo huhusga!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Puro mudslinging so join na! Noon nga may tsismis na binayaran ni Cory ang utang sa Bangko ng mga Lopez o ABS CBN gamit ang pera ng bayan. O ano pa ? Birds of the same………………. Sabi sabi di bat noong pinatatalsik si Corona e medyo dinagdagan pa ni PNOY ang pork ng mga senador. Totoo ba yan? kaya daw puro papuri sa Aquino ang alam ng ABS CBN.

  • pipsirho

    “Exec clueless about rubber firm”, who cares about the rubber firm, what is IMPORTANT is that senators have IDENTIFIED target beneficiaries, and these BENEFICIARIES KNOW WHAT TO DO after the LOOT is RELEASED by DBM. K1CKB4CK5! . . . K1CKB4CK5 . . . K1CKB4CK5 GALORE!!! BOGUS NGO PREFERABLE because K1CKB4CK would be 100%!!!

    Mabuhay (PA SANA) si Juan de la Cruz para tuloy tuloy ang BAYAD NG TAX!!!
    Exec clueless about rubber firm

  • BOYPDAF

    The most Corrupt Department under Arroyo Admin..Dept of Arroyo este Agriculture,mas malaki ang pera dito kasi marami tayung tiwangwang na lupa na kuno ay idedevelop,tataniman at kung anu anu pa

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