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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, July 28, 2016
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‘BAC has explaining to do’

          Bacolod City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan is questioning the process by which the previous administration acquired 12 sets of K-12 interactive speech laboratories worth P40.8 million without a contract with the supplier.

          Bayatan said he wrote Bids and Awards Committee Secretariat Victor Manuel Espina on July 19, directing him to submit the award of contract and notice to proceed for the acquisition of speech lab for 22 public schools in Bacolod City.

          However, Espina replied that they do not issue award of contract and notice to proceed to transactions not covered in infrastructure projects and what they only issue is a purchase order.

          Bayatan said a purchase order should come from the supplier. This is just preparatory to the sale and if there is a sale there should be a deed of sale.

          The Bids and Awards Committee and General Services Office has a lot of explaining to do, he said.

          Why did they pursue the transaction and risk public funds of the city when they purely depended on the purchase order?  If there was a bidding there should be a notice to proceed and award of contract because the city will be made to pay. Why should the city be made to pay when there is no basis? Bayatan asked.

          Since there was a purchase, there should be a contract based on the Procurement Law, he said.

          Bayatan also questioned the designation of Espina as former head of the BAC Secretariat.

          He noted that while the GSO claimed that the bidding of the project was according to the specifications, the end user which is the DepEd, said the equipment is not the one they requested for.

          The previous administration should have verified if the supplier is qualified before it was invited to bid for the speech lab project, Bayatan said.


          He is questioning why the previous administration bidded out the project to Nikka Trading  which is not in the business of computers. In fact, its track records show that it is a supplier of railway tracks, he added.

          Bayatan said Nikka Trading only partnered with an IT business to join the bidding for the speech lab project.

          Before the city purchased the speech lab, the GSO and the former mayor should have verified and made sure it is patterned after other IT speech laboratories already operating in the province, he said.

          Bayatan cited that Governor Alfredo Marañon had provided seven schools in the province with speech laboratories before Bacolod City purchased one.

          The GSO and the former mayor should have first ensured that the speech lab project they purchased is patterned after the ones that are already operating, he said.


          The paralegal investigators of the CLO have reported that out of the 22 schools, only one was installed a speech lab, he added.  

          A public hearing on the current issues affecting the speech laboratory purchased by the previous administration for various schools is scheduled today by the Committee on Education chaired by Councilor Renecito Novero and the Committee on Laws and Good Government chaired by Councilor Caesar Distrito.*CGS



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