11 charged for palay procurement mess
The National Food Authority (NFA) filed administrative charges against 11 of its personnel in its Nueva Ecija provincial office for alleged involvement in irregular palay procurement activities last year.
The NFA filed charges after an investigating panel found probable cause that the 11 employees committed grave misconduct, dishonesty, gross neglect of duty, falsification of official documents, and conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the service.
The erring NFA personnel were placed on a 90-day preventive suspension pending the full investigation that NFA said could lead to the filing of criminal charges.
The ongoing investigation seeks to determine if third party individuals or groups and other NFA employees were also involved in the anomalous palay procurement.
The NFA regional office in Cabanatuan has assigned key regional and provincial staff to concurrently handle the duties of the affected personnel and ensure the smooth flow of operations in the provincial office.
NFA administrator Renan Dalisay assured the public of swift and judicious action to ensure that culprits will be made answerable to their misdeeds.
Dalisay expressed hope that the filing of administrative charges and the ongoing investigation would serve as deterrents to other procurement teams not to mess with NFA transactions especially with the approaching summer harvest procurement season.