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BuCor employees under Tadeco payroll face raps

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday warned that Davao Penal Colony guards on the payroll of the Tagum Agricultural Development Co. (Tadeco) will face charges when two House committees finish their investigation on the land-lease deal between Tadeco and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
“Yes, there were instances when Tadeco paid BuCor employees,” said Alvarez, who described the Tadeco-Bucor deal as grossly disadvantageous to the government.
Alvarez said Tadeco has benefited from the free labor of the inmates at the Davao prison while their food are shouldered by the government. He rebutted Tadeco’s claim that the inmates are benefiting from the JVA.
He added that Tadeco should be employing jobless people in Davao instead of taking advantage of the Davao inmates by paying off BuCor employees to get free labor.
Likewise, Tadeco is paying very low rent for 5,000 hectares while not paying for some 4,000 hectares of BuCor property inside the Davao penal colony which it is using for its banana plantation, according to Alvarez.
The House committee on justice and committee on good governance and accountability are questioning the Tadeco-BuCor joint venture agreement for the use of the penal colony as a banana plantation.
“Now, aside from the 5,000 hectares, it appears from a witness’ testimony that when surveyed Tadeco is also using 4,000 hectares of Bucor land without paying for them,” Alvarez said.
But Alvarez expressed confidence the government will recover what is due from Tadeco.
“The government will recover what is due it because we have the political will, don’t we? In such instances, government losses amount to billions,” he added.
Alvarez maintained that Tadeco should pay what’s fair since rental in the area should be in the range of P150,000 to P200,000 per hectare each year.

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