Piñol to DA: Corruption will not be tolerated in this department anymore
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol warned officials and employees that corruption will no longer be tolerated in the department as he undertakes a major overhaul of the office.
With the fertilizer scam and the importation of garlic and onion by an alleged cartel to the importation of old goats from a US government program, Piñol said the agriculture department has become notorious for corruption.
“Reforms must be made within this agency,” Piñol said. “Corruption will not be tolerated in this department. Not anymore.”
Piñol will start with the reassignment of some of the department’s officials and a streamlining of its permit application process.
“Officials and employees of this Department who will be affected by reassignments are urged to abide by directives issued by the Secretary. I would like to advise you not to waste your money in hiring lawyers to question the Secretary’s efforts to execute reforms in this Department because I have a battery of lawyers who will be consulted before I make any move to ensure that I will not commit an illegal act,” Piñol said.
He also ordered Undersecretaries Segfredo Serrano and Bernadette Romulo-Puyat to initiate the creation of a system where applications for permits and the payment of fees can be done on line, with applicants only visiting the department to pick up the permits. If the applicant’s presence is not needed, he said the permits can even be mailed to them.
The department’s biddings for goods including the procurement of animals for genetic infusion will also be announced online.
Piñol also ordered the creation of an interactive DA website to make it easier for stakeholders to relay their concerns, problems, and complaints directly to him.