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Briones slams ‘dramatized’ reporting on 3M idle books: COA didn’t say there was corruption!

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Education Secretary Leonor Briones has criticized the “dramatized” way the media reported about the three million books and learning materials that the Commission on Audit discovered to be idle in warehouses.

Briones said the “dramatized” headlines used by the media affected the Department of Education’s reputation negatively.

“We love drama. We feed on drama,” she told lawmakers at the hearing of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture.

The COA found that there are 3.4 million unused books and learning materials that are stored in DepEd’s warehouses.

COA said the items, which were bought from 2014 to 2017, have been idle for so long that that they fall under “irregular” and “unnecessary” expenditures.

Briones, however, said the unused books were buffer stock intended for use in case of natural calamities.

“We have a rule, seven percent of available textbooks should be set aside as buffer stock because we don’t know what will happen,” she said.

Briones said DepEd has already submitted its explanation on the COA’s findings to state auditors, who found no anomaly.

“There is no observation about corruption or about any official enriching herself or himself,” she said.

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