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P1.3 Billion purchased items by the previous administration remain undelivered to PNP - COA

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Despite Philippine National Police’s (PNP) formal settlement of P1,347,616,452 worth of mobility and combat assets to state – owned Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC), Commission on Audit (COA), in its annual Audit Report, showed that items procured from the latter between March and April 2016 remain questionably undelivered as of December 31, 2017.    

COA instructed the PNP to go after these purchases done by the previous administration and advised the agency to “to refrain from availing of the services of the PITC unless extremely necessary.”

In a statement, COA said, “We recommended that (PNP) management demand the immediate delivery of all mobility/combat assets within the next six months; otherwise, require the PITC to refund the total advance payments of P1.347 billion for deposit to the National Treasury.”
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These assets that are nowhere to be found include 42 units of Utility Vehicles, 6 Light Personnel Carriers, 4 units of Integrators, 12 Automatic Grenade Launchers, 3,300 pieces of Ponchos, and 50 other budget – line items.

“Since 2016, when the fund transfers were made, none of the required items had been delivered as of Dec. 31, 2017... It is well to note that the P1.347 billion worth of mobility and combat assets could have greatly contributed to the capability of the police force to effectively and efficiently accomplish its mandate and would have benefited PNP personnel,” COA implied.

COA also assimilated that the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by the PNP along with PITC, under the Aquino administration, denoted NO PROVISION as to the timeline of delivery of the said purchase items.

COA described the agreement as rather “disadvantageous to the PNP, considering its urgent need for the above-mentioned equipment.”

Making matters worse, COA’s audit panel discovered another P1.893 Billion worth of squandered government funds by the PNP’s purchase of Patrol Vehicles in 2015 equivalent to 2,054 units which were eventually proven unsuited for police operations and prone to frequent breakdowns and maintenance issues.
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Prior to procurement, however, COA’s audit panel cited two (2) resolutions made up of approved amendments dated August 16, 2013 and May 08, 2014, consecutively, issued by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) stressing the proposed minimum standards of Patrol Jeep’s specification through the Uniform and Equipment Standardization Board (UESB) before being acquired.

COA finds that the amended specifications stipulated for ‘substandard’ vehicles “that are disadvantageous in terms of maneuverability and bigger load carrying capability.”

Read some reactions from netizens below:

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Source:  philstar.com