Capitol’s agri head faces admin raps for anomalies in Yap’s rice program

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Capitol’s agri head faces admin raps for anomalies in Yap’s rice program

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The top agriculture officer of the province was recommended to be sued with administrative charges in relation to the rice program of then Gov. Art Yap dubbed as Advanced Rice Technology (ART) 160 program.

Chairman Leoncio Evasco, Jr. of the Office of Governance Accountability and Review (OGAR) formally submitted last Friday the documents recommending the filing of  charges against Larry Pamugas who is the officer-in-charge of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.

Evasco said the administrative complaint to be filed against Pamugas is in relation to the high profile rice project of the former governor.


Chair Evasco said  the board of directors of OGAR has approved the filing of this administrative complaint after a thorough review of the documents presented and the facts of the case.”

Aside from Evasco, former City Mayor Dan Lim, Retired Provincial Prosecutor Macario Delusa, Retired Judge Suceso Arcamo and Willy Ramasola signed as complainants in their individual capacities as concerned citizens.

OGAR recommended the filing of three charges against Pamugas, namely on grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty and commission of an act punishable under the Anti-Graft Law.

When contacted for comments by the Chronicle, Pamugas said he did not receive yet the copy of the complaint as of yesterday.

Pamugas whio has been serving the government for 25 years,  said he is willing to answer the complaint as long as it’s in line with his work as OIC of the office of provincial agriculture.

The evidence submitted by OGAR to the office of Gov. Aris Aumentado is focused on his function in implementing the Advanced  Rice Technology (ART) 160 program of former Gov. Yap.


Evasco has assured the public that their fact-finding efforts on alleged corruption in the provincial government could yield more results that could implicate top officials including former Governor Yap.


This will be the first set of cases to be filed by the OGAR six months after it was created by Gov. Aris Aumentado to look into anomalous transactions under the previous and current administrations, but Evasco noted that this was just the beginning of what will be a series of exposes.

“Ang pangutana man gud kanunay sa gawas, ‘kanus-a man ma file-an si Governor Arthur Yap og kaso?’ Hulat lang mo, mo abot lagi ta ana kay kami diri wala mi mangatulog sa among responsibilidad,” said Evasco in a press briefing.

According to Evasco, evidence gathered by the OGAR shows that “grave” offenses were committed by the previous administration.


“Sultihan mo namo kung unsa ang among [OGAR] kumbati dinhi. Sultihan pud mo namo na grabe ang mga kaso na giatubang,” said Evasco.

“Ato pa ning utingkayon kay dili mani ingon nga file-an nato og kaso unya pagkahuman magpakaulaw lang mi na ‘kaning OGAR pataka laman og file og kaso pero walay basehan.’ Mao ng lalumon gyud nato ni atong pag utingkay,” said Evasco.


The former Cabinet Secretary said that after the filing of administrative charges against Pamugas, separate complaints will immediately be filed against another individual.  

The OGAR has options to file the administrative cases before the Office of the Ombudsman or the Civil Service Commission but they chose to file them before the provincial government for swift action on the matter.

He noted that filing administrative cases does not prevent them from filing criminal complaints later even if these involve the same issues. 


Gov. Aumentado, upon receipt of the complaint, will form an investigation body to look into the alleged anomalous transactions done in the execution of the rice program of then Gov. Yap.

He will announce shortly the composition of the investigation panel.

As chief executive, the governor can suspend or terminate erring government personnel based on the pieces of evidence presented by OGAR.

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