September 16, 2021

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DOLE-TUPAD cash-out anomalies in Gubat, Sorsogon exposed by Board Member Erlano; some colleagues linked

(From left) Board Member Ramil Robles, ABC President Jose Arturo Enano and SK Federation President Roxan Escanilla. FB photo

by BicolExpress.News

In a privilege speech by Sorsogon second district Board Member John Paul “Ton” Erlano, he alleged that the DOLE-TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced) program beneficiary payout in Gubat town is anomalous, and his information came from his constituents in the town.

The anomaly is allegedly with the “blessing” of another Board Member, having slashed as much as 4,300.00 pesos from the regular wage of 9,300 pesos, but the person in payroll need not to work anymore.

In Gubat, DOLE-TUPAD beneficiaries “under the care” by some Board Members numbered 200 “beneficiaries”, translated into millions of pesos, BM Erlano said.

Erlano said that a certain Tupad worker in Luna Candol, alleged that the 9,300 pay-out wage is deducted of 4,300 pesos for a certain Board Member as payment for the one who is processing the document.

As a Board Member, Erlano said this scheme is corruption.

In a video presentation, beneficiaries were identified, as well as the one soliciting the cash-out as a “documentation fee.”

This revelation was made by the Board Member to clear the members of the Provincial Board, and he is requesting that an investigation be conducted to clear the air of doubt against the members of the Provincial Board.

The names of Board Members Ramil Robles, SK Federation President Roxan Escanilla, and ABC President Jose Arturo Enano were mentioned as part of the scheme which the three officials have shown no reaction and never raised an interpellation when they were allegedly “linked” to the anomaly.

Erlano said his intention is to clarify the issue by conducting a proper investigation in order to clear and upheld the reputation of the Body, but BM Edmundo Atutubo reacted that it is all hearsay.

Erlano, as of this posting, is conducting his own investigation and has requested LGU Gubat and its barangay officials to conduct their own investigations. (BicolExpress.News / All rights reserved. Copyright 2021)