The President's Men and Women: Dinky happy to be back in DSWD

The President’s Men and Women: Dinky happy to be back in DSWD
By Helen Flores
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman said she is happy to return to work in “one of the most committed bureaucracies” and vowed to further improve the government’s existing poverty alleviation programs.

Soliman said she received a warm welcome from officials and staff of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) when she took control of the agency once again last July 1.

Soliman served as DSWD secretary under the Arroyo administration.

But in 2005, she and nine other Cabinet and senior officials, known as the “Hyatt 10,” called on former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to resign after she apologized and admitted it was improper for her to have called an election commissioner linked to poll fraud in the 2004 presidential elections.

“I really feel very encouraged… sunflowers were all over the place. I could feel the warmth of their embrace, very welcoming and they were all glad to see me again,” Soliman said.

Soliman said sunflowers are her favorite flowers.

“I work with one of the most committed bureaucracies that have very little, if at all, scandal on graft and corruption. The people here work 24/7,” she said.

Transformation process

Soliman said she accepted the post from President Aquino despite all the criticisms against her because she wants to be part of the “transformation process.”

“I accepted it because first of all, all my life since I started being engaged as a social worker, I always had the motivation and the passion to be part of a transformation process of the Philippines,” she said.

“I chose to continue the commitment of being part of a transformation process by accepting the challenge of working again with the department whose main mandate is to work with the poorest of the poor,” she added.

“I believe in the President. I believe President Noynoy will truly be able to make major changes in our culture, politics and economy. I believe in his integrity and leadership and he has given me the privilege to be part of the change that is going to happen,” Soliman said.

Soliman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 1973.

She finished her Masters in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1998.

She was born on Jan. 27, 1953 and is married to Hector Soliman. They have two children, Sandino and Marikit.

Sustainable livelihood

One of the priority programs of the new government is the provision of sustainable livelihood to poor Filipino families, Soliman said.

These livelihood projects will complement the existing poverty alleviation programs in the country such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS).

“To ensure that communities we have assisted move out of poverty, they need to have assistance in getting sustainable livelihood. That is the first priority,” Soliman told The STAR.

Soliman said they plan to involve families in the poorest provinces in product development programs.

“We are looking at product development, specifically food, and link them to the market,” she said.

She said they are likely to enter into partnerships with the private sector in these undertakings.

Soliman said she has also called for the review of the National Household Targeting System to make sure that the right beneficiaries will get support from the government.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, which was implemented last year, was aimed at establishing a database of households classified according to poverty level.

The system intends to rationalize the allocation of government resources to those who are most deserving of assistance.

No more street children

The DSWD chief also plans to rid the Philippines of street children by 2011.

Soliman said the DSWD, along with local government units and the private sector, will focus on developing more shelters, which she feels is the best way to handle street children.

“We will be working with the LGUs and the private sector to help us in this, particularly those in the housing sector, because street families really need a place to stay, that’s why they are in the streets,” Soliman said.

“I want to be able to eliminate (street children) in a year’s time. When I say to eliminate I mean that there is no child in the street begging,” she said.

Soliman said street children are often involved in road accidents and human trafficking.

The ProPinoy Project

  • Federico Sarmiento



    You said in your well-applauded inaugural address on June 30 “We will fight corruption (also, in AFP, you will scrutinize the controverial biddings in the AFP Modernization Program undertaken by DND BAC, review the Conduct of Bidding Process, Notice of Awards and Contracts),” and said so that we, the Filipino people, can bring our concerns to you directly because, borrowing your own words, we are “your boss.” May we report to you the current Issues the MASSIVE BIDDING & AWARDING IRREGULARITIES in the utilization of the AFP Funds- the AFP Modernization Program Fixed Communication System Projects which is now DUE FOR PAYMENT TO THE SUPPLIERS: The DND BAC awarded the contract to suppliers with a “defective” JVA (Joint Venture Agreement). Defective because aside from the fact that Datatrail Corporation did not participate the bidding and no eligibility documents, there are traces of influence peddlings, treacherous collusion among suppliers and obvious railroading of the AFP projects to favored suppliers under this defective fraudulent JVA.

    In the spirit of non-partisanship and enlightened national interest, we hope you will not fail us SPEED UP THE INVESTIGATION of this AFP Modernization Program SCAM.

    Please bring this to the right concerned agency or body for immediate attention and action, to truly eradicate the culture of corruption that took root in the military organization in cahoots with unscrupulous individuals. And more power to your organization recognized to have absolute professional journalistic responsibility of reporting the facts, consistently delivering a fair and balanced reporting and conscientiously serve in best interest of the Filipino people.

    SPEED UP the AFP Modernization Program or speed up the Corruption ?

    BEWARE OF Microwave radio manufacturer CERAGON NETWORKS ISRAEL engaging in anomalous deals in cahoots with these big-time FIXERS they bagged the Contracts worth Billion Pesos from the AFP Modernization Fund thru Fraud. There’s grand conspiracy going on right now, exactly the same as the recent NBN/ZTE deal Scam ! And like ZTE of China, CERAGON NETWORKS ISRAEL is liable to be punished to the full extent of the law, BE BLACKLISTED for the offence, being part of the dummy corporation set up as PART OF THE FRAUD SCHEME. Watch this group of “big-time fixers” continues to peddle INFLUENCE as investigation on DND irregularities are going on, influencing decisions and wield unfair advantage through lobbying and advocacy. We are afraid that these fixers may soon get away scot-free. PLEASE SCRUTINIZE THEIR FRAUDULENT JVA they cannot deny that nothing untoward happened after all their intentional misrepresentations made. CAVEATS : We just learned that Contract Awards still intact with Ceragon Networks Israel engaging in fraud-ridden JVA arrangement. Nasaan na po ba yung daang matuwid ? And like ZTE China, what will be your action against Ceragon Networks Israel for this CRIMINAL LIABILITY ? There’s conspiracy of silence around such supplier-driven anomalous deals and corruption in the AFP and the fixers are happy.

    Attention to our dear Senators and our President P-Noy, please STOP the Payment immediately and SCRUTINIZE the Filipino contractor Datatrail Corp. JVA with Ceragon Networks Israel which is DUE FOR PAYMENT ANYTIME NOW. It was DND-BAC ASEC Othelo Carag who acted unfavorably grossly disadvantageous to the Philippine government, a WILLING VICTIM hastily favored the questionable Datatrail Corp. JVA with Ceragon Networks Israel. Datatrail Corp. did not submit the required Legal / Eligibility documents and DND BAC did not follow/implement the basic standards and the Rule of Law pertaining to the latest revisions on RA 9184 and IRR on JVA. Notice that Datatrail Corp. was never mentioned to have participated the bidding and DND BAC was VERY SILENT about Datatrail Corp.’s qualifications a private Filipino contractor with NO history qualifications (no financial and technical records of telecom projects microwave and PBX; in connivance with DND BAC entirely bypassed the non-discretionay pass/fail criteria based on RA9184 and IRR requirements, the proclaimed Winner simply because they have DND Connections !).

    Are we going to allow a one-million-peso corporation a PhP 55,000 taxpaying company to bag the Billion pesos AFP contracts ?

    The lone Witness: The JVA letter and Notice of Award to a Filipino private contractor Datatrail Corp. Winner without documents, in conspiracy and collusion with Ceragon Networks Israel. Both suppliers and other unscrupulous representatives/beneficiaries should be BLACKLISTED and CRIMINALLY CHARGED for grave conspiracy, bid price fixing, falsification of documents, estafa, pretenses and misrepresentations and violation of Government Procurement Act RA9184 and IRR on JVA.

    Are we going to allow another NBN/ZTE Scam ? This time, the Project: AFP Modernization Program for Fixed Communications System SCAM !

    These suppliers (representatives from Ceragon Networks Israel, Datatrail Corp. and Alcatel) are currently busy with their bank accounts being coursed thru a foundation, can we ask them to explain to the Senate Investigating Body “how” they were able to bag the AFP FCS Projects “without the eligibility legal documents” and ENTIRELY BYPASSING THE BIDDING STAGES 1 & 2 VITAL FOR THEM TO BECOME ELIGIBLE TO BID. We appeal to our Pres. P-Noy to SCRUTINIZE the documents of this winning Filipino private contractor Datatrail Corp. because they won the project by FRAUD. JVA without eligibility documents IS a CRIME; Datatrail Corp. did not participate ANY of the bidding stages, they did not pay the Bid Security Bond yet they were able to bag the AFP FCS Project without incurring any expenses except producing the JVA Letter (the footprint of Influence Peddling !). This is a very controversial bidding because the one who did not participate the bidding ended up as THE WINNER bagging the projects !

    What is worse, as if there was no daylight robbery and fraud committed, these suppliers/representatives are now ACTING LIKE THE REAL BIG WINNERS TODAY, BY FRAUD !


    FAST FACTS (Bid Due Dates Milestones, “Switching” of Winners and Opening of Bank Accounts of Suppliers and Accomplices for their Commissions, the so callled “Tongpats”)

    1/ December 1, 2004
    New DND Team of Executives was appointed by then DND Sec. Avelino Cruz.

    2/ March 18, 2005
    1ST Stage Bidding, held on Mar. 18 (THIS IS HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE: A “Failure of Bidding” was declared by DND BAC; note that most of the Bidders have complied all the Eligibility Requirements; the bidders felt that Ceragon Networks Israel and Datatrail Corp. were not able to participate this Bidding why a Re-bidding was called — so they are given a chance to participate)

    3/ September 8, 2005
    1ST Stage Bidding, held on Sept.8 (Submission of Eligibility Documents) : Alcatel Phils., Inc., Lucent Technologies, Nera Phils. and Ceragon Networks

    4/ October 20, 2005
    2ND Stage Bidding, held on Oct. 20 (Submission of Technical and Financial Documents and Proposals; and payment of Bid Security Bond): Alcatel Phils., Inc., Lucent Technologies, Nera Phils. and Ceragon Networks

    DND BAC released a statement thru a Supplementary Bulletin, sometime in November 2005, announced that Ceragon Networks Israel and Datatrail Corporation that “they” were “actually” in “Joint Venture Agreement.”

    Here, one Filipino private company “Datatrail Corporation” began to appear and INSTANTLY PROCLAIMED BY DND BAC AS “THE WINNER !”

    6/ April 27, 2006
    Datatrail Corporation, the “self-proclaimed Winner”, published false informations in the Philippine Star, surprised everyone “to have bagged the AFP Fixed Communications System projects” without ANY eligibility documents like NTC permit, no Income Tax Stamped Received by BIR, etc. and not paying the Bid Security Bond and no history qualifications in CY 2003, CY2004 and CY2005 (bid reference dates for history qualifications). False representations and misleading informations were released in the publication: Datatrail Corporation DID NOT participate ANY of the Bidding Stages 1 and 2 to become eligible to bid, not even an accredited vendor for Digitel/Sun Cellular, Globe Telecom and PLDT/Smart Communications; yet telling the public that Datatrail Corporation bagged projects in Digitel and Smart/PLDT worth more than $15 million in 16-month period. This is ABSOLUTELY FALSE, a false representation committed by Datatrail Corporation. We challenge Datatrail Corporation to provide their Income Tax Return payment from BIR and letters from Digitel and Smart/PLDT Project References for CY 2003, 2004 and 2005 since the AFP FCS bidding was held in 2005 ! ; how can they get the projects to start with if they are not even a recognized telecom supplier in the telecom industry (nobody knows them !) and definitely, absolutely Datatrail Corporation IS NOT an accredited supplier for Digitel and Smart/PLDT to-date; even a simple NTC Certificate they do not even have !

    7/ October 16 2007
    Registered at Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): the “Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Alumni Association, Inc.” (PLMAAI)

    Jesus B. Triños, Jr. as President (Supplier for Ceragon Networks Israel, Datatrail Corp. and Alcatel in AFP) and;

    Lorna M. Orbe as Treasurer (wife of Hermie Orbe, Supplier for Alcatel for AFP)

    Note: Eveyone within the PLM community knew they bagged the AFP Modernization Contracts and boasting their friends the AFP Funds are available for release anytime now.

    8/ October 2 2009
    Herminio Orbe (Supplier for Alcatel for AFP) was appointed as PLM Scholarship Foundation as President; this PLMAAI entered into an agreement with PLM Scholars Foundation, Inc. of Jesus B. Triños, Jr. with Banco De Oro C/A# 00438017412 Metropolitan Avenue Branch Makati City (Note: the bank account placed in Makati City ! )

    9/ Q3 2010
    Wire Transfer/Cheque Payment from AFP Modernization Program Funds to Ceragon Networks Israel – Datatrail Corp. JVA

    10/ Q3 2010
    PAYMENT OF THE COMMISSIONS OR THE SO-CALLED “TONGPATS”: THE PLAN is to Back-to-back Bank Wire Transfer Remittances from Ceragon Networks Israel – Datatrail Corp. JVA to PLM Scholars Foundation Inc. to get the Commissions of “Jesus Trinos and Friends” generated from these projects worth Millions and Millions of Dollars (because whoever gets this First Phase of the the AFP Fixed Communications System automatically gets the succeeding phases worth Billions of Pesos !)

    Note: They need the foundation like PLM Scholars Foundation Inc to hide their forthcoming UNEXPLAINED WEALTH DEPOSITS and for tax shield (no paper trail) purposes their million of dollars in Commissions as suppliers/business partners/accomplices for project funds generated from the AFP Modernization Program.
    Will serve as their virtual bank account for deposit and withdrawal facilities.



    Supplements –

    Anatomy of Graft and Corruption

    Three suppliers are in collusion: Jesus Trinos Jr (agent for Datatrail Corp./Ceragon Networks Israel) and Herminio Orbe (local agent and dealer for Alcatel), together they have put up several PLM Foundation Scholarship Programs as part of their working strategy to cover up their misdeeds of embezzlement, money laundering generated from fraudulent activities and the foundation will serve as a trust fund for ‘their Associates’ profit-sharing scheme the device would pocket extremely huge amount, ranging hundred millions of pesos the projects/contracts generated from the AFP Modernization Fund.

    Just recently, these suppliers/representatives opened up their “Joint” bank accounts c/o PLM foundations which they both have newly registered at SEC (probably for tax evasion, tax shield, prevent any paper trail and money laundering purposes) so they could legally pocket the lion’s share of the loot once the AFP fund is released. Also, just recently, they even use some unsuspecting personalities like PLM President Adel Tamano, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Ms. Gemma Cruz-Araneta, Ms. Viel Aquino and PLM web sites with quite a number of photo ops that would make them appear to have legitimate businesses and portrayed as full fledged benefactors, in the eyes of the general public their only mission apparently is “Just here to help.”

    X X X
    02 October 2009

    In the aftermath of Ondoy’s disaster, we appeal to our generous PLM alumni and friends who have extra cash and goods to spare, to send their cash donation to:

    PLM Scholars Foundation, Inc.
    Banco De Oro C/A# 00438017412
    Metropolitan Avenue Branch
    Makati City

    I will coordinate with PLM officials on the method of relief operations for victims of typhoon Ondoy. I understand they are converting the University Activity Center into a relief operations center.

    PLM has canceled the activities of Pres. Adel Tamano’s birthday which is today, and instead will divert all efforts at extending help to typhoon victims. We are likewise aware that other PLM alumni and employes are likewise victims themselves, and we want to extend whatever assistance we can to alleviate their sufferings.

    With this, I would like to call on the PLM alumni community and friends to spare anything they can to help our fellow Filipinos and fellow alumni who are in need of help at this time.
    We would appreciate for all to spread the call for help. I can be reached at: +63916-340-2321, +63908-7777-666 or +63922-889-3113.

    Thank you very much.


    Jess Triños, Jr.

    Through the courtesy of the Foundation President, Herminio Orbe, the PLMAAI entered into an agreement with PLMSFI to have all private cash donations and contributions be coursed through the latter’s BDO account to facilitate the relief efforts needed by our fellow citizens at these trying times.
    X X X X X

    With a defective “fraudulent” JVA, they are displaying the roles of Robin Hood stealing AFP’s money to help a handful of their so-called PLM Scholars and then literally pocket the rest of the loot divided among themselves (bank wire transfers from AFP Modernization Fund WILL BE FORTHCOMING shall be made thru Ceragon Networks Israel – Datatrail Corp. Phils JVA); the controversial Filipino contractor Datatrail Corp. is connected with CVC Law (The Firm) !

    Bank Accounts-

    and SEC Registration-

    Here’s solid evidence that Datatrail Corp. DID NOT participate the bidding (AFP Modernization Program Fixed Communications Systems list of Shortlisted vendors- note there were ONLY 4 Bidders, not 5; Datatrail Corp. was not in the list ! ):

    X X X
    Fixed Communication System (stage/status: 1st stage of the 2-stage procurement mode was held last September 8, 2005; new invitation to apply for eligibility and to bid (ITAEB) will be issued on October 20, 2005)
    Procurement Stage: 1st Stage – Opening and Submission of Bids
    ABC: P447,360,000.00
    Length of Delivery: 240 calendar days upon issuance of Notice to Proceed
    Highlights : Through a Supplemental Bulletin, the deadline for submission and opening of bids for the 1st stage bidding for this project was changed from 25 August 2005 to 8 September 2005, 9:00 a.m. On the day of submission and opening of bids, 4 companies complied, namely Alcatel Phils., Inc., Lucent Technologies, Nera Phils., and Ceragon Networks. None of them failed when their eligibility envelopes were opened. During the initial evaluation of the technical proposals of the 4 bidders, the BAC declared that they all passed, yet subject to post qualification/evaluation. BAC shall formally announce in writing, through the Secretariat, the results of the evaluation. Schedule of the opening of the revised technical proposal and their financial proposals (i.e. 2nd phase of a two-stage bidding process) is scheduled on October 20, 2005 due to request of bidders for longer time to prepare revised technical proposals.

    X X X X X

    A Multi-Billion Peso Question:

    IN THE SPIRIT OF TRANSPARENCY: Where are the Datatrail Corp. Eligibility Legal documents, to follow the rule of law on Government Procurement Act the RA9184 and IRR, to prove that they have participated the bidding to win the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program Fixed Communication System (AFP FCS) Project ? There’s solid evidence that Datatrail Corp. Philippines DID NOT participate the bidding, yet have won the Billion peso project simply by presenting a JVA letter they became an INSTANT WINNER (“switching of Winners” because of a JVA letter !)-

    REP. IMEE MARCOS five years ago (published by Philippine Star Newspaper) had the SAME QUESTIONS why Datatrail Corporation had won contracts at the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) without going through the usual bidding process.

    What makes this Controversial Biddings and Awardings, another AFP Modernization Program Procurement Scam:

    Ceragon Networks Israel requested the Department of National Defense Bids and Awards Committee (DND BAC) for a re-bidding in CY 2005, connived and entered into Joint-Venture Agreement with a one-million-peso Filipino company called Data Trail Corporation who refused to participate the bidding, grossly violated the RA 9184 and IRR, ended up the “Winner without documents.”

    Here’s the MISSING ELIGIBILITY DOCUMENTS this Winner in this Controversial Bidding failed to provide, yet have won the AFP Contracts (in collusion with Ceragon Networks Israel).

    1. No NTC Dealer’s Permit (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    2. No List of All On-going Government and Private Contracts including contracts awarded but not yet started (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    3. No Statement of all Government & Private Contracts completed which are similar in nature for the last three years. The value of the prospective bidder’s largest single contract must be at least 50% of the ABC (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    4. No Net Financial Contracting Capability (NFCC) (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    5. No Credit Line Certificate (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    6. No Certificate of Cash Deposit amounting to ten percent (10%) of the approved budget (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    7. No Waiver (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    8. No Supplier’s/Distributor’s/Manufacturer’s Profile (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    9. No DTI Registration or SEC Registration (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    10. No Mayor’s Permit (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    11. No Tax Identification Number (TIN) (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    12. No EFS Tax Clearance (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    13. No Articles of Incorporation, Partnership or Corporation (under the JV as per RA9184 and IRR)
    14. No Certification of Non-Inclusion in the Blacklist (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    15. No ISO Certification, NTC License/Certification, OEM, Authorized Sole Distributor, Authorized Integrator, Accredited Training Provider, etc. (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    16. No Copies of end-user’s acceptance letter for completed projects (under JV as per RA9184 and IRR)
    17. No Audited Financial Statement (Balance Sheet, Income Statement & Statement of Cash Flow) for the immediately preceding three years (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    18. No Sworn Statement to have visited/conducted survey on all sites/stations (as per RA9184 and IRR)
    19. No Valid Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) submitted during the Stage 1 (as per RA9184 and IRR)
    20. No Letter of Authority to Validate Submitted Documents because Data Trail Corp. did not submit anything (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    21. No Certificate of Authenticity of Submitted Documents because Data Trail Corp. did not submit anything (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    22. No Authority of the Signatory (Special Power of Attorney or Secretary’s Certificate) (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    23. No Affidavit of Disclosure of No Relationship (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    24. No Certification as to Compliance of Existing Labor Laws and Standards (as per RA9184 and IRR)
    25. No Certification on the Availability of Requirements to include Life Cycle Cost (ref RA9184 and IRR)
    26. No Literature and Brochures describing the equipment, factory, facilities, products and service centers (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    27. No Bid Forms submitted (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    28. No Technical Proposal submitted (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    29. No Price Proposal submitted (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    30. No Tax Declaration submitted (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    31. No Tax Clearance Certificate submitted (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    32. No Tax Stamp ‘Received’ by the BIR submitted (under the JV as required by law RA9184 and IRR)
    33. Non payment of the Bid Security Bond

    Under the AFP Fixed Communication System, Phase 1&2: IB-26: Bidders in the Second Stage Bid: Bidders are not allowed to form JV or Consortium with other bidders, nor change their members or the structure of the JV or Consortium they represented in the First Stage. The sudden formation of Ceragon-Datatrail JV in later bidding stages is HIGHLY ILLEGAL, a gross misrepresentation; DND BAC should have automatically disqualified them as non responsive to Stages 1 & 2 rulings.

    The Winner lacks at least 31 pieces of information (referring to the above items) as required by the Government Procurement Act, thhe RA 9184 and IRR !

    Sana, bawal na ang ganitong klaseng dayaan at mga sabwatan sa panahon ng P-Noy Administration.

    To demonstrate Business as Usual with these fixers, here’s a Complaint of grossly disadvantageous bidding manipulations of DND BAC led by Mr. Carag as the main Spokesperson for the DND BAC (ganito po kagarapal mag Award ang DND BAC noong panahon ni Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, like Kingmakers, naghaHari-Harian po sila noong bidding, yun pala, MAY MANOK PO PALA SILA ! Mukhang tama po si Atty. Frank Chavez na Fixers/may hawak na fixers ang The Firm !):