Issue of December 3, 2017
     
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Something is brewing in one NIA office in Cordillera
NAME WITHHELD, La Trinidad, Benguet

A former head of the of the National Irrigation Administration in one of the Cordillera provinces seems to be still a person in authority, for he is still the one calling the shots within the agency despite the fact that he retired in August, and an officer-in-charge has been designated in his stead.

Moreover, he still enjoys the privileges accorded an official and continues to live within the NIA compound. On the other hand, the OIC seems to be oblivious and is not bothered a bit about this particular circumstance – a reason enough to believe that they are in cahoots?

Well, to have a better understanding and appreciation of the issue, it is best that the facts surrounding the matter must be known first, thus:

The NIA bids out millions worth of irrigation projects. Having done with the processes, and with all papers prepared and finalized, the winning bidder started the project abiding by the rules and agreements laid down in the contract. After some time and with more than 60 percent accomplishment, the winning bidder/contractor, in accordance with the normal practice in situations of this kind, requested for a partial payment, which he submitted two months ago. The request was attached with the complete required documents. Unfortunately, the OIC ignored to act upon the request, as it remained on his table unattended.

Obviously, this is a clear manifestation of selfishness and service for a personal gain rather than serving the interest of the NIA’s clientele and the public.

The perpetration of this selfish motive and corrupt practice by a government official is contrary not only to the moral standards of the society but certain laws as well. The Civil Service Commission, the NIA itself, the Ombudsman, especially the Office of the President might be very much interested to know the details of this matter.

Let this also serve as a caution to future victims of this circumstance.

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