Duterte plans to create new body to monitor goods, services procurement

Published September 16, 2018, 6:59 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Genalyn Kabiling

In bid to put a stop to the “insanity of corruption” in the bureaucracy, President Duterte is planning to create a new body that will monitor the government’s procurement of goods and services.

President Duterte is prepared to respect the ruling of the Supreme Court on a petition questioning the validity of his proclamation that voided the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The President said he would assign five competent persons to the new group to implement a system of “checks and balances” on purchases made by government agencies.

“I will create a body (to monitor) procurement…this will be a, not really a superbody, just tawagin ko lang ‘yan checks and balances. Lahat ng purchases ng gobyerno [I’ll call it checks and balances on all government purchases],” Duterte said during a situation briefing on the aftermath of typhoon Ompong in Cagayan.

Duterte said keeping tabs on all government purchases would help eliminate ghost deliveries and misuse of Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs).

“The insanity of corruption must really stop,” he said.

“Malaman ko kung may nabayad, dumating ba o hindi para wala ng ghost deliveries, walang imbento ng mga SARO-SARO, wala na lahat. There has to be a system [I will know all the government purchases, whether or not it was paid and delivered so there will be no more ghost deliveries, invention of SAROs, nothing],” he added.

Duterte said he was just waiting for the retirement of some people from the service who would be appointed to the body. He explained he preferred military men because they follow orders.

“I think if I can just assemble five simple men who are adept to accounting and of course audit is very important we can survive,” he said.

Duterte made the proposal after expressing anew his opposition to the lowest bid rule in government procurement. He said such rule has brought only “degradation” in the country.

“It’s a purgatory that somehow the government must correct,” he said.

He said the country could not be as progressive as other nations if corruption is not stopped and law and order are not sustained.

Duterte previously asked Congress to amend the government procurement law to put premium on quality of goods instead the choosing the lowest bid. He said the lowest price for goods and services sometimes meant low quality of service.