DOH has put a halt to the purchase of Laptops worth P700,000

The Department of Health (DOH) announced that it had paused the procurement of four sets of high-end laptops worth P700,000 after the Commission on Audit (COA) raised concerns about the health agency’s spending practices.

According to a document dated August 4, 2021, the DOH was in the process of obtaining four sets of “High-End 2-in-1 Laptop with Accessories,” costing P700,000 earlier this month.

In an online press conference, Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega announced, “The purchase has been put on hold until more market study.”

He stated that the computers were intended “for the use of the DOH’s knowledge management and information technology” staff.

Vega acknowledged the procurement’s deferral days after the Department of Health (DOH) was chastised online for allegedly choosing pricey or expensive equipment amid a global pandemic.

The COA reported many transactions within the Department of Health (DOH) last week, deeming specific spending “excessive.”

According to government auditors, purchases totaling P5.038 billion lacked paperwork and had procedural flaws, violating the Government Procurement Reform Act.

Purchases worth P194.403 million were determined to be unfavourable to the government, as were faults in sworn statements in contracts, the failure to disclose procurement information on the government website, and the failure to provide technical specifications in contracts.

The COA “did not indicate any cash lost to corruption,” according to Vega.

“Compliance is a continuous process. Some of these issues have been fixed already, “he stated

“This is primarily to increase the efficiency and procedure of all departments. It isn’t a final report yet. We still have time to fix the flaws that have been identified, “he stated

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp was also reported in 2020 for authorizing a P2.1 billion budget for laptops, software, and other IT system equipment.

Two sets of computers, one at P4.11 million and the other worth P115.32 million, were among the questionable items on PhilHealth’s IT purchasing list last year.

Via: ABS-CBN News
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