DA vs. SINAG feud over fertilizer scandal continues
The Department of Agriculture (DA) doesn’t agree with the accusations of Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) that the second batch of fertilizer it procured is overpriced.
In a statement, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said he is “wondering” where SINAG Chairman Rosendo So has gathered his information since “the second round of bidding has not yet been completed”.
“The DA’s Bid and Awards Committee (BAC) has yet to conclude the public bidding. Technically, it is still on-going,” Dar said.
“However, early indications show that the public bidding for various lots for Regions 1 and 2, and North Cotabato is considered a failure,” he added.
Dar also said that while the DA “gladly welcome comments from all quarters”, they should “have a factual basis”.
“In the case of SINAG, So is again misleading the media and the general public. It is grossly unfair, and he should apologize publicly,” Dar said.
To recall, SINAG is leading the calls for the DA to get its acts together and stop purchasing overpriced fertilizer as part of the agency’s COVID-19 measures. The group argued that the bid price for the fertilizer, pegged at around P1,000 per 50-kilogram bag, is way higher than the actual price of P850 to P900 per 50-kilogram bag.