Duterte denies claims of irregularities in DA fertilizer deal

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President Rodrigo Duterte reported to Congress on Monday that there were no irregularities in the Department of Agriculture’s purchase of urea fertilizers.

Duterte, in his 14th report to Congress on the use of special powers for the government’s pandemic response, said the agriculture department reported that bidding for the procurement of the fertilizers was transparent.

“As to the alleged overpricing in the procurement of urea fertilizer, the DA has reported that the centralized fertilizer bidding is above board, transparent, and has in fact brought urea prices down,” the report read.

Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) earlier alleged that the DA bought overpriced fertilizers. The farmers’ group claimed that the DA could have saved P2.5 million if it bought fertilizer for the commercial price of P850 a bag instead of P990.