P5.43M in equipment idle in Pisay classrooms
by Allan Yves Briones
An ocular inspection by the Commission on Audit (COA) disclosed that P5.43 million in equipment lay idle in the Philippine Science High School System (PSHSS) CALABARZON campus.
According to the audit report, the school procured 16 pieces of various equipment including eight desktop computers, two classroom student device components, four classroom platforms, a television and a wooden sofa set.
The smart classroom components should’ve gone to the newly constructed Academic Building II, according to the campus’ procurement officer, however they remain uninstalled “due to the absence of computer tables.”
State auditors also found fabricated classroom platforms to be unused, merely piled up behind the academic building.
Section 2 of Presidential Decree No. 1445 prohibits the “loss or wastage” of government resources through “illegal or improper disposition.”
“The responsibility to take care such policy is faithfully adhered to rests directly with the chief or head of the agency concerned,” it reads.
However, according to state auditors, this unutilization has already cost the PSHSS close to a million in damages.
“Verification of the accounting records showed that depreciation expenses totaling P950,476.86 were already taken up, hence the value of the equipment were already depreciating despite their non-utilization,” the report read.
COA urged Pisay management to properly plan and evaluate the needs of its various campuses before procuring any equipment or furniture to avoid unnecessary expenses.