Employees sue DAR Bids Committee chief for overpriced Luisita contract

Agrarian reform advocates want Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes  to resign for supposedly failing at his job.

Members of the Department of Agrarian Reform Employees’ Association have been scoring the department’s leadership since last year

EMPLOYEES of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) have filed a graft case against an official of the DAR’s Bids and Awards Committee for awarding engineering firm F.F. Cruz and Co. a contract to survey Hacienda Luisita which they said was overpriced.

F.F. Cruz was to survey a portion of Hacienda Luisita, owned by the family of President Benigno Aquino III, in preparation for distribution to farmer-beneficiaries.

The DAR Employees’ Association (DAREA) filed a complaint before the Ombudsman today alleging that the contract was overpriced by some P7.5 million.

DAREA President Antonia Pascual and press relations officer Gloria Almazan told VERA Files the contract will cost the government P4,078 per hectare surveyed, when the planning cost parameters set at the time of the award in 2012 pegs the survey price at only P2,516.

The total contract cost is P19.9 million. It should have been only P12.4 million, the DAREA officers said. [Read more on Vera Files]

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