Graft body to probe education department’s buy of P17m chairs, tables

By CHRISTIAN WAKEFIELD, Reporter

THE Visayas Ombudsman is set to look into the alleged anomalous purchase of armchairs and tables worth P17 million by the Department of Education (DepEd) in Cebu Province.

Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol said his office is ready to look into the alleged anomalous purchase of armchairs for students and tables for teachers based on published reports.

Apostol’s pronouncement came as Cebu provincial board member Victor Maambong said he would file a resolution urging the committee on education to look into the reported anomalies behind the P17 million purchase by the DepEd-Cebu province.

The alleged irregularities was revealed after parents and teachers complained that the items delivered to their schools late last year and early this year were allegedly defective and sub-standard as they do not follow the specifications.

When the winning bidder, which was actually the third lowest bidder, delivered the items, the teachers noticed that nails, instead of bolts and screws, were used in the armchairs and desks.

There were also reportedly some missing handles in the teacher’s tables, which were supposed to be included based on the specifications.

The teachers, who are familiar with furniture, added that ordinary and not marine plywood was used for the tables and the finish was not done well.

Apostol told reporters that he will create a team that will look into the alleged anomalous purchase and urged parents and teachers affected to go to his office to lodge a formal complain.

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