COA reports overpriced medical supplies and equipment
The Audit Commission (COA) found that the Mandaue city government had procured medical supplies and equipment costing P2.26 million in total.
State auditors requested a written explanation for the overvaluation of the prices of items purchased in the range of 33.33% to 757.14%.
For each of the 2,000 pieces of adult nasal cannula, the city of Mandaue paid P80, which is 33.33% more than the Department of Health (DOH) price of P60. The City paid an excess amount of 40,000 P.
Another 2,000 infant cannulas were overstated by 54,000 pesos because they were also purchased at 80 pesos each, which is about 50% more than the DOH price of 53 pesos.
Mandaue City also purchased 1,000 glasses with a unit price of P250, but the maximum price established was only P150. The surplus amounted to 100,000 pesos.
A thousand shoe covers were purchased for 90 pesos, 747.14% more than the DOH price of 10.50 pesos, or a surplus of 79,500 pesos.
The city also bought 150 pieces of thermal scanner for a unit price of 12,500 pesos, more than 267% more than the 3,400 pesos set by the DOH. The excess amount was 1.365 million pula.
A pulse oximeter should only cost 1,000 pesos, but the city paid 1,500 pesos, an excess of 150,000 pesos for 300 coins.
The city purchased 2,000 250 ml bottles of rubbing alcohol at a unit price of 70 pesos compared to the established maximum price of 41.75 pesos, or a deductible of 56,500 pesos.
A total of 2,000 pieces of N95 mask were purchased at P 200 each, instead of the DOH price of P 105, for a surplus of P 190,000.
In addition, the City paid a franchise of P 225,000 for the purchase of 1,000 disposable gowns at P 300 each when it should have cost only P 75.
The DOH prices were based on Memorandum No.2020-0131, which was released on March 23, 2020, to set the maximum price for medical supplies considered essentials during the pandemic.
In response, Mandaue City said the memorandum only applied to individuals and organizations outside of government.
Mandaue City stressed that the circular is addressed to offices or officers reporting to the president’s office and does not apply to local government units (LGUs), which are only subject to general oversight by the national government.
In its reply, the COA said that the President’s Office issued Circular No.77 on March 17, 2020, directing all relevant government agencies, offices and agencies as well as LGUs to implement and ensure compliance. of the DOH memorandum.
The items were purchased using the Bayanihan Grant to Cities and Municipalities (BGCM), the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund and the 20 percent Development Fund. (KFD)