To prevent a repeat of the overprice of medical supplies that hounded the Department of Health recently, Sen. Panfilo Lacson has introduced a brief amendment in the proposed Bayanihan II Act.
Lacson said his amendment, accepted by Senate finance panel chairman Juan Edgardo Angara, will require that the acquisition of equipment be not just expeditious but also “judicious” and “economical.”
“Ang amendment ko dinagdagan ko kailangan hindi lang expeditious kundi kailangan judicious at economical para hindi freewheeling enterprise ang pag-overprice,” he said in a Zoom interview with Senate media.
“Kung expeditious manner lang ang nakalagay roon e larga-larga kung magkano bilhin nila. Di ba naglabas kami ng issue na doble ang presyo ng bili ng gobyerno kung ikukumpara sa pagbili ng private sector?” he added.
Lacson earlier bared a pattern of overpricing by the DOH in buying equipment to deal with the COVID pandemic.
These included extraction machines, swabbing systems and even personal protective equipment.
Lacson said the government is running out of funds, and is “surviving” on loans, which have reached P8.6 trillion as of this time.
“So hindi biru-biro ito. E na-release ng gobyerno nang huling hearing sa Committee of the Whole, sa mga P353B na. Kaya dapat maging mapagmatyag tayo sa mga abuses, excesses na ginagawa ng ilang sangay ng pamahalaan na kung saan sinasayang ang pera sa pamamagitan ng pag-release nang di ayos at pagbili ng gamit na masyadong napakamahal,” he said.