House asks DENR about extent of TADECO-BuCor deal
Legislators asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to clarify the extent of the land deal between Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO).
“It is imperative that the committees will be clarified on these aspects of the investigation to find out whether or not the government was at a disadvantageous position on the implementation of the subject of the joint venture agreement (JVA),” said Rep. Johnny Pimentel (2nd district, Surigao del Sur), chair of the House committee on good government and public accountability, at the resumption of the legislative inquiry into the allegedly anomalous JVA contract of BuCor and TADECO.
Pimentel said the committee and the committee on justice heard various claims on the land of the Davao Prison and Penal Farm (DPPF).
The committees uncovered that the metes and bounds of such land under the supervision and management of BuCor was disputed and even the portion of the land occupied and utilized by TADECO is doubtful, he said.
“The committees also received different statistics on the actual gain obtained by the government from the operation of the JVA vis-a-vis what should be the accruing to the government in terms of guaranteed income and production shares from the operation of TADECO in the Davao Penal Colony (DAPECOL),” according to Pimentel.
The committee, including the justice committee, need the documents from the DENR that would show the actual use on the occupants on the land under the supervision and management of BuCor in the DAPECOL and the subject of the JVA, said Pimentel.