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Neda exec under probe over sexual harassment complaint

/ 08:27 AM January 04, 2019

MANILA, Philippines —The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said it is currently looking into a sexual harassment complaint filed against an official of the agency.

“NEDA acted swiftly on a sexual harassment complaint against one of its officials, even prior to the filing of a formal complaint. The NEDA Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI), which is tasked to investigate sexual harassment complaints, among others, has conducted its investigation in accordance with applicable civil service rules and will be submitting its findings following the prescribed timelines,” Neda said in a statement on Thursday.

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“The CODI has been working with the Neda Secretary and others concerned to ensure the investigation proceeds with utmost confidentiality in adherence to pertinent laws, rules, and procedures. Neda is committed to ensure that, in the interest of justice, the principles of due process are strictly observed,” it added.

The Neda, however, did not disclose the name of the official accused.

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The agency issued the statement after a Philippine Daily Inquirer column by Rina Jimenez-David on Wednesday reported an incident of an alleged sexual harassment involving a “veteran” Neda official whose “authority…covers ‘big ticket’ projects.”

According to David’s column, the official “has worked under practically all Neda directors-general.”

The column stated that the incident happened inside the official’s car. The official offered to give the victim and two other co-workers a ride home. The official allegedly “started fondling” the “young female colleague” after dropping off their two other colleagues.  /muf


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