Election ban blamed for farm equipment stockpile
THE former director of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region XII said the distribution of P100 million worth of farm equipment in a South Cotabato compound was halted in compliance with election-related prohibitions on their release to recipients.
“We suspended the distribution because of election period to adhere with election policies,” said Amalia J. Datukan Executive Director of DA Region XII in a Facebook post, in defending the practice of stockpiling the equipment, which had come under attack from Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol’s claims that some of the equipment had been “abandoned” for as long as four years.
Ms. Datukan added that the remaining stockpile consisted of recent deliveries.
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