By Genalyn Kabiling
Government agencies have been reminded to keep their vehicles and equipment in good condition to prolong use and avoid additional expense.
President Duterte has called for proper care and maintenance of government equipment after expressing dismay at how fast they become dilapidated and disposed of.
Ample budget should be set aside to keep these public equipment running well, according to the President.
“The lifespan of an equipment — heavy equipment depends so much on the maintenance…I’m not offending anyone but sa gobyerno and even sa — ‘pag nawalaan ng karburador ‘yan, iwanan ‘yan. Nakaupo na lang ‘yan doong makina [but in government if a carburetor bogs down, the machine will just be left to rot],” he said during a situation briefing in typhoon-hit Isabela on Thursday.
“There is no effort for maintenance and the money that would be needed to do it. Kaya’t karamihan ng mga motor vehicles, mga — naiiwan lang diyan eh [That’s why many motor vehicles are left to rot],” he said.
“There has to be a maintenance there. There has to be enough money to maintain,” he added.
Duterte said he noticed the lack of proper maintenance of government equipment when he was still mayor of Davao City.
He said when ambulances and police cars break down, the concerned agency would seek budget for repair or purchase of new ones. The vehicles however further deteriorate due to the long waiting period, he said.
“It’s really a wastage. A lot of money has been wasted on ganun because of no maintenance. There might be some efforts there to look closely there,” he added.