By Noreen Jazul
The commission on Audit (COA) has revealed that the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) extended contracts of its catering services which were not approved by the Secretary of Justice.
“For the past several years, some of these contracts were extended, and these extensions were not covered by the approval of the Secretary of the Department of Justice,” COA Director IV Irma Besas told the Senate committee on justice and human rights on Thursday.
The extension of catering contracts, Besas said, happened in 2015 and 2016.
Besas also revealed that some of the catering services availed of by the Bucor were not compliant with the safety requirement of food rationing.
The COA officer, citing the 2018 consolidated annual audit report, named V&J and ASF among the caterers that failed to comply with the food safety requirement.
Atty. Fredric Anthony Santos from the Bucor Chief Legal Division said he was “familiar” with the caterers mentioned by the COA.
Besas also stated that few of the caterers did not conform with “mandatory requirements on the compliance with the documents to be submitted pursuant doon sa requirement po ng COA.”
He said he observed no overcharging in any of the catering contracts entered into by the BuCor.
“We have no findings on excessive charges of these catering services because all these were done through public bidding,” Besas added.