Pimentel: PS-DBM knew of cheaper laptops however nonetheless obtained costly ones

Grade 3 instructor Edmund John Gambon checks the efficiency of a government-issued laptop computer at…

Pimentel: PS-DBM knew of cheaper laptops however nonetheless obtained costly ones
Pimentel: PS-DBM knew of cheaper laptops however nonetheless obtained costly ones

Grade 3 instructor Edmund John Gambon checks the efficiency of a government-issued laptop computer at Apolonio Samson Elementary College in Quezon Metropolis on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. The Division of Training stated it will take a look at if certainly the laptops want alternative. (File photograph by GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE / Philippine Each day Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — Did the officers of the Procurement Service of the Division of Price range and Administration (PS-DBM) all of a sudden endure from a short-term reminiscence loss?

Senate Minority Chief Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Sunday stated the DBM’s controversial procurement company was capable of buy cheaper and better-equipped laptops earlier than and after it purchased the “dear however outdated” devices value P2.4 billion for the Division of Training (DepEd).

He stated his workplace was now collating extra data concerning the PS-DBM’s earlier transactions after he filed final week a Senate decision searching for an inquiry into the laptop computer deal, which the Fee on Audit (COA) had flagged.

“Earlier than and after the questioned procurement of laptops, PS-DBM bought laptops with higher specs at a cheaper price,” Pimentel informed the Inquirer.

“In order that they have already got the information in regards to the costs earlier than [they procured the laptops for DepEd]. After which they ‘found’ a greater deal after,” he stated.

Cheaper items

Citing data from the COA, the senator stated the PS-DBM procured “mid-range kind” laptops in Could 2021 for P45,431.20 per unit, less expensive than the laptops supposed for public faculty lecturers that price greater than P58,000.

In June 2020, he stated the company had additionally purchased laptops with quicker processors for under P32,500 every.

“The questionable transaction within the ‘center’ simply ‘digressed” from this,” Pimentel stated.

“So what occurred to the (PS-DBM’s) so-called experience and ‘institutional reminiscence?’” he stated in a separate radio interview.

The Senate chief stated it will be higher for Cupboard secretaries and different head of businesses to deal with their very own procurement wants amid the most recent scandal hounding the PS-DBM.

He additionally agreed with Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Senate primary training committee, that the DBM’s procurement workplace had been apparently used to line the pockets of corrupt authorities officers.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., he added, ought to designate a “reformer” to go the PS-DBM and that Price range Secretary Amenah Pangandaman ought to train her authority to make sure that the company below her division wouldn’t be concerned in any wrongdoing once more.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros earlier stated that she would file an analogous decision urging her colleagues to summon former Price range Undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao anew as she surmised that he had a job within the allegedly anomalous provide contract.

Lao, who stop his publish in June 2021, was beforehand linked to the supposed irregularities within the authorities contracts awarded to Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp., a startup firm that bagged P8.7 billion value of medical provides on the peak of the pandemic in 2020.

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