DBM looks into case of ‘blacklisted’ firm which won PPE supply contract

Published September 7, 2020, 7:50 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

The government will study the possible cancellation of its contract with a supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE) if proven that it is on the list of blacklisted companies, according to Palace official. 

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque (CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the budget department has initiated a probe to determine if the PPE supplier, Ferjan Healthlink Philippines Inc., is owned by the same owner of Ferjan Healthlink Enterprises that is currently prohibited from participating in government procurement.

Roque said he inquired the matter from Budget Undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao, officer-in-charge of the Procurement Service-Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM).

“Iniimbestigahan po nila ngayon kung iyong may-ari noong proprietorship ay siya ring majority owner ng kumpanya. Ang kapangalan po ng kumpanya na blacklisted ay Ferjan Healthlink Enterprises, pero iyong binigyan po ng award ay Ferjan Healthlink Philippines Incorporated (They are currently investigating if the owner of the proprietorship is the also the majority owner of the other company. The name of the blacklisted firm is Ferjan Healthlink Enterprises but the award was given to Ferjan Healthlink Philippines Inc),” Roque said during a televised press briefing Monday.

“Now, kapag na-verify po nila na iisa lang ang may-ari nitong dalawang Ferjan na ito ay pinag-aaralan na po ng legal ng DBM kung pupuwedeng makansela iyong kontrata na na-award kay Ferjan Healthlink Philippines Incorporated (Now if they verify that these two Ferjan companies are owned by one person, the legal team of DBM will study if it is possible to cancel the contract awarded to Ferjan Healthlink Philippines Inc.),” he said.

Roque earlier said he would ask the DBM to explain reports that three companies supposedly secured deals to supply the government with PPEs for health workers despite being blacklisted for alleged bidding and contract offenses in past government projects.  He also voiced confidence that if there was any violation, it will likely be flagged by the Commission on Audit.