ILOILO –Officials from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) arrived in this province on Monday to inspect the management and operation of Iloilo Rice Processing Complex (IRPC) in Barangay Amamaros, Pototan town.
The two-day inspection aims to evaluate the impact of their state-of-the-art rice processing complex to the lives of the farmers after it was built in April 2012 and turned over to Pototan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in February 2015.
KOICA-Philippines Asst. Manager Lauritz Eugene Baclig, Jung Hye Yun, Tae Jin Kwon, and Young Hyun Lee made a courtesy visit to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. prior to their inspection in Pototan.
They were accompanied by Genaro M. Tolentino of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization and Angelita Martir and Adamar Estrada of the Special Projects Coordination and Management Assistance Division.
KOICA approved the construction of the P200-million worth of rice processing complex in the province when the governor was then a congressman of the third district of Iloilo.
“Should you find any problem in the management and operation of the IRPC, report it to me immediately. If we need to fire them all, we will fire them all,” he punned.
Defensor revealed to the evaluators that there has been report of financial mismanagement of the center due to an incompetent manager.
But he believed that the matter has been addressed by DA. Nevertheless, he would like to look into it as well by holding a dialogue with the concerned parties.