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Kumikitang kabuhayan! Calida’s security agency bags P9.8M worth of contracts with NAPC, NEDA

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From guarding parks to offices, a security agency owned by Solicitor General Jose Calida made a killing snapping up contracts from various government agencies since he started his term in June 2016.

Public documents showed Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency Inc. (VISAI) bagged two contracts worth a total of P9.8 million from the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on the same month, August 2016.

The NAPC contract, worth P2.9 million, required VISAI to provide seven security personnel for the secretariat.

Meanwhile, the NEDA contract was renewable for two more years, with the agency paying VISAI P6.9 million for the initial year of service.

VISAI’s contracts with NEDA and NAPC were on top of the P40 million worth of deals it bagged from the National Parks Development Corporation (NPDC) to secure Luneta and Paco Park.

The Calida-owned security agency is also tasked to secure the vast Batasang Pambansa, where the House of Representatives stands.

In a statement, Calida denied any conflict of interest in VISAI’s contracts, saying these went through public bidding and he already resigned as the company’s president and chairman before assuming office.