The local government of Pasig City saved around P1.2 billion in government funds due to the reforms instituted in its procurement process.
This was announced by Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto, who was recently named by the US State Department as one of its anti-corruption champions, in a Facebook post on Friday evening (February 26).
The young mayor attributed the funds saved by the LGU to the reforms in the procurement process he started to implement in July 2019.
“Binuksan natin ang bidding para puwedeng manalo ang kahit sinong contractor na kwalipikado. Walang kickback kaya bumababa ang presyo (We opened the bidding process to give all qualified contractors equal chances. There is no kickback that is why the prices went down),” the mayor said.
Sotto noted that the citizenry should take part in the fight against corruption saying that he cannot do it alone.
“’Yung mga hinahangad nating pagbabago, hindi ‘to kaya ng isang mayor lamang. Kailangan kasama’t nakikilahok ang mamamayan (The change that we want, it cannot be accomplished by just one mayor. The citizenry should be part and take part).”
The Facebook post of the mayor was accompanied by photos of members of civil society organizations (CSOs) or non-government organizations (NGOs) undergoing training in procurement monitoring.
“Our goal is to establish a pool of capable CSO observers. Sila ang magbabantay sa bids and awards natin para makasiguro tayong tapat at maayos ang procurement, ang proseso ng gobyerno sa pagbili ng gamit/serbisyo (They are the ones guarding our bids and awards to ensure proper and just procurement of things/services),” he said.