Agriculture News Analysis

Has Piñol rumbled Farm Gate?

agricultural machinery

Most of the PHP2 billion-worth of agricultural machinery and equipment held at Department of Agriculture regional sites, because the intended recipients were unable to stump up 15% of the cost – apparently, a pre-condition for receiving the equipment – has now been released and is in the hands of farming smallholders across the country. Meanwhile, state lawyers are determining whether the upfront payment was legal in the first place.

How long the equipment, like that pictured here, had been stored is unclear; reports range from four years to six months. In any event, Agriculture Secretary, Emmanuel Piñol, decided to take immediate executive action to un-mothball it and put it to work, though some of it had fallen into disrepair and needed first to be restored.

Meanwhile, beneficiaries have been asked to sign an undertaking that will make them liable to pay the 15% – through installments over four years – if it is ultimately deemed to be legal. It was a pragmatic solution to what could have become an intractable problem involving that Philippine bureaucracy’s trademark strangulation by red tape. But it could be something more sinister.

Certainly, Piñol does not intent to leave it there. He has ordered the Internal Audit Service to produce a comprehensive report on the misuse of government funds and assets; the farming equipment was procured by the government and was intended for distribution to small farmers.

It certainly seems odd that much-needed machinery that would assist the country’s embattled agricultural sector to get out of a hole, was simply left in a field somewhere. Or does it? What is not know just yet, is who actually gets the 15% which the farmers were expected to pay before the equipment is released. Presumably, it should go back to the public purse. But according to one of the Agricultural Secretary’s sources, it actually goes to the dealer who sold the equipment to the government in the first place.

Really? Let’s see if we understand this transaction. A dealer sells equipment to the government for only  85% of the sale’s price. But he only gets paid the full amount for each items once a third party (with whom he’s probably had no contact whatsoever; much less assessed his credit worthiness) has coughed up the remaining 15% of the equipment’s full cost. And the dealer might have to wait four years to get paid. And if those third parties don’t pay up – which is what’s happened here – then the dealer has to take a hit on the outstanding balance. That sounds like a loose-loose-loose. The government loses the cash for 85% of the bill; the dealer loses 15% of his invoice, and the farmers loose the equipment which is left to rust.

We’ve not come across that sales model before, but – stop us if we’re starting to sound cynical – might there just be a scam in there somewhere? The Agricultural Department certainly seems to provide fertile soil for racketeers. Recently we reported on Goat Gate, in which unscrupulous government officials and dishonest goat traders took cash for pedigree dairy animals in return for supplying old and inferior creatures. Goat Gate – another scam to milk money.

47 Comments

  • Ang mga tanga walang alam kung gaano kalawak ang sinasaklawan ng unang100 days ni PRRD dahil nafocus sa black propaganda nila sa WOD na isa lamang sa mga prioridad programa ng admin gaya ng isang Trillanes, kumakahol sa isang hindi nakikita.

    • Kayo ang tanga at tungak kakasuka mga pananaw ninyo, ingit kau ke Pinoy qt Roxas kasi d kayo well of, wala kayo ginawa kundi batikusin iyong dalawa ang tatanga ninyo kasi bayaran kayo, ung amo nyo maraming nagawa pero puro EJK, at away kabikabila dko alam bakit ganyan utak ninyo pera lng reason nyo kaya nagpapauto kayo sa baliw, ung annulment ng marriage nya na mentally disorder dba sapat na katibayan yan na baliw iyan, kayo mahirap tumangap ng mali dahil nabibili prinsipyo nyo. Get it???? Trillanes is a man of principle nung pang sa oakwood tama na siya magaling lng sa cover up si GMA, kaya ngpakamatay si gen. Angelo Reyes, basahin nyo history dada kau ng dada la naman kau alam kung ano utos na sabihin sa inyo ginagawa nyo. Ano tawag diyan dba tanga.

    • >>Trillanes is a man of principle nung pang sa oakwood tama na siya magaling lng sa cover up si GMA

      After being exposed for the liar that he is? You’re a fucked up fan of Trollanes, huh?

  • Those equipments are for the poor farmers, so just give it to them. Kesa naman masira at di na magamit totally. Weird coz the state lawyers are thinking if paying it upfront is legal? The act of not giving those and its bought by the aquino admin and left it to rot is illegal.

    • Illegal nga eh kung nautusan na ibigay na iyan sa farmer eh tao ni GMA o ni Marcos na di inalis sa pwesto, eh hindi gagawin kasi para masisi ei P noy grand planning ginawa nila since 2013, sabi nga ni digungong sinisira muna nila sa tsismis tapos taniman ng ebidensya para pag pinatay o sinira nila ang reputation ok na pwede na gawin ung plano nila, tulad ng ginawa nila ke sen. D5 hiniya nila pero puro fake, mga ungas hindi lahat utak lamok tandaan ninyo iyan.

    • Isa ka pa gago hindi tao ni P noy si tabacco si GMA at si digungong ang me hawak diyan, ni hindi nakaporma si tabacco ke Pnoy, alam ni tabacco na hindi sasandig si P noy sa kanya bcoz walang maiintres na mapatalsik siya straight siya sa leadership niya. Kakaawa kabobohan mo.use your damn brain lalaki ka pa naman yata.

    • Bakit si digungong ba love our country, his communist principle and his style is preparing us to accept communism as a form of communist government giving spratley island to the chinese when it is ours, it is a TREASON, and the punishment is firing squad or hanging. Use your brain baka mabulok, or pay a good professional guy whose knowledge for law and history is remarkable.

  • Sana supurtahan ng government officials (President-LGU) ang Association Investors of the Philippines and Filipino Scientists, maglaway talaga sa atin mga bansa sa buong mundo.

    • Tama ka pero tingnan at suriin mabuti kung mapagkakatiwalaan ang bibigyan ng tulong kasi pag sakim at sabik sa ginhawa at magnanakaw ang leader na bibigyan mo wala rin ibubulsa yan at isisisi sa iba, hindi dapat maghirap ang pinas, si magsaysay matino, si macapagal hindi plunderer,( ung anak yes) si carlos garcia halos walang nagawa pero di nagnakaw, ng umupo si Marcos 10 B $ nakurakot, san ka pa. Now tell me will you support the man who freed the plunderers and recieve millions and billions to support his canridacy, Quo Vadis Pinas i like to cry out loud because I love this country.

  • agriculture secretary many pinol my question me sayo bakit napaka mura poh ng palay sa north cotabato ngayon nag kakahalaga lng ng 12per kilo poh kc farmer ung papa q sa mlang north cotabato bakit napaka mura poh ng kilo ng palay bakit poh ganun samantala ung presyo ng bigas napaka mahal poh sana poh ma bigyan nyo ng mataas na presyo poh kc naging kawawa ung mga farmer ngayon kc maliit ung halaga per kilo ng palay.

  • Samantha smith, what’s the connection sa usaping di nabigay ang nabubulok na farming equipments sa pagiging well off nila Pnoy at Roxas at di kami well off? Baliw ka talaga. Typical hepatards…kung ano2 ang sinasabing katangahan.

    • Ikaw ang tanga hindi mo maiintindihan ang sinabi ko na planong lahat yan ng mga kalaban ni P noy para masira at wag manalo si Roxas, me mga naiwang tao sina GMA at marcos sa gobyerno sa malilit na bagay lumaki, kung ikaw si pinoy inutos mo ibigay na yan sa farmers inutos naman sa dapat utusan, (protocol yan dba,) report ke P noy so napatag ung isa eh hindi binigay, sino sisihin dba si P noy. Malapit ka yata ke digong pakisabi wag niya kaming idamay sa gusto nya na komunista, sinabi ko elite sna Mar N P noy totoo naman marami naiingit sa kanila. Ako d ako mahilig sa gulo sinasabi ko lng ang alam at pinagiisipan ko, kung nagsasalita ako ng gago kasi binabasa ko kung paano kayo magreason at sos kakahimatay kau mangatwiran.

    • So plano din yun masaker sa Luneta, masaker sa Mamasapano, palpak na maintenance ng MRT at LRT, plano din yun lumaking problema sa droga? Napakagagaling naman ng mga kalaban ni Boy Sisi at boy Epal! Plunderer si GMA,bakit absuelto, di ko alam kung saan mo nakukuha mga data mo?

  • Kung makapagsabi ng kasaysayan…eh, kung may alam dapat nakakaintindi sa mga pangyayari ngayon…halata namang hindi. sana wag ng sambitin yung “alam sa history”…hay, naku!

  • Tama po, kinulang sila ng oras ipamigay ang mga makinarya nung election dahil din po mayat maya ay nasisita kung bakit ginagamit nila ang pondo ng gobyerno para sa kanilang kampanya. Nagmabuting loob po ang bagong Kalihim MannyPiñol na ipamahagi at para mapakinabangan na po lahat bago pa tuluyang kalwangin at masira ang lahat ng ito.

  • After 18 yrs bukas na gate ng dar pra sa lahat. Libre na irrigasyon at naipamamahagi na lupa sa hacienda luisita. Promise pa ng gobyernong ito “wala na mag sasaka ang mapapalayas sa lupang sinasaka niya”. Wow! Finally someone who cares sa mga farmers! Good job! 3 months plng yan, theres more

  • That equity demanded by previous administration from beneficiaries were too small as initial payment. It was made to ascertain that they are sincere and determine to have the units. Their motive is to help these farmers at little cost from them. What is happening now is just papogi points and to blame the past regime.

  • Sir, the farm equipment’s have already rusted, the farmer beneficiaries cannot afford the “down-payment”, some of them was massacred on their protest rally in Kidapawan, Cotabato because they don’t even have rice/something to eat. It is the peoples money are involved here, not the oligarch’s money. It is the present administrations prerogative to give it back to the people, especially the farmer’s.