P96-B PPP projects ‘a blockbuster crime of corruption in the making’

The militant fisherfolk alliance yesterday urged Agriculture Secretary Prospero Alcala to drop the ambitious P96-billion public-private partnership (PPP) projects in agriculture sector.

In a press statement, Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) national chair Fernando Hicap said the agriculture projects are a potential blockbuster crime of corruption in the making.

He said the PPP projects are bound to surpass previous anomalies in the department such as the P728-million fertilizer fund scam in 2004, the P5-billion swine scam in 2003, the P 455-million ice-making machine scam in 2009.

“The P96-billion PPP adventure proposed by Secretary Alcala is one of the biggest future money-making projects of the present administration. How can you entrust such enormous sum of taxpayers’ money to a government agency which is known all over the country as bastion of corruption?” Hicap asked.

Hicap said the projects were initiated by Alcala to attract foreign investors and other big corporations to invest in local agriculture, water and power utilities.

The Pamalakaya official said the government would be spending huge amount of Filipino taxpayers’ money to provide the needed infrastructures, technical and logistical support to investors planning to invest in highly profitable business in the country like food and agriculture, water and power.

‘Imagine, the Filipino people will shell out billions of pesos of public funds and spend these hard-earned taxes for support infrastructures needed by foreign investors and domestic monopolies through the PPP scheme.

According to Alcala the PPP initiatives of the department were submitted last month to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). D’Jay Lazaro


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