6 DBM execs rapped for purchase of substandard inflatable rubber boats

MANILA — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered on Friday the filing of charges before the Sandiganbayan for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, against six officials of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the purchase of substandard inflatable rubber boats from JOAVI Philippines Corporation (JOAVI) in 2010.

Facing trial for graft are DBM Undersecretary Evelyn Guererro, Director IV Lourdes Santiago, Procurement Management Officer V Julieta Lozano, Procurement Management Officer III Mervin Ian Tanquintic, Administrative Assistant III Alvin John Perater and ad hoc member Lt. Malone Agudelo, together with Anthony Hernandez of JOAVI.

The Ombudsman said several procurement violations in the acquisition of the rubber boats were uncovered such as JOAVI’s non-compliance with the DBM-Procurement Service technical specifications as the rubber boats were not equipped with intercommunication or inflation valves, over-pressure valves and roll-up floor; the design of the boats as a sports model and not as a military model; and the submission of falsified technical evaluation report and post-qualification report. PNA/northboundasia.com