QC lawyer to Defensor: No overpriced procurement of face shields

Published August 20, 2021, 4:26 PM

by Allysa Nievera

The lawyer of Quezon City government has denied the allegations made by Anakalusugan Party Representative Mike Defensor that the local government’s procurement of face shields in 2020 was overpriced.

According to Atty. Nino Casimiro of the QC legal office, Defensor failed to mention the context and timing of the procurement of face shields.

“What the good Congressman failed to mention is the context and the timing of this procurement. This was during the time that IATF Resolution No. 88, Series of 2020 (issued on December 14, 2020) made it mandatory to wear face shields under the threat of legal sanctions.” he said.

“This triggered the immediate necessity to provide our citizens the means to comply therewith, especially the poor. Along with other factors, this caused a surge in demand and a sharp spike in prices,” he added.

Casimiro also noted that the procurement service of the national government was selling the same face shield at P120 per piece to other government units during that time.

He added that the QC LGU procured the face shields under an “emergency bidding process”.

“There were other qualified participants, and we selected the lowest price,” he said.

Meanwhile, he assured the public that the procurement of the face shields were “meticulously audited and scrutinized by the Commission of Audit”.