Councilor questions P4-M Oro gov't car

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


CAGAYAN de Oro city councilor President Elipe said Monday that public funds amounting to P4 million was used by the administration to purchase a luxurious vehicle without consent from the legislature.

During the regular session of the City Council, Elipe presented documents which include an invitation to bid (ITB) from the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS), memorandum from Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) entitled “Reiterating the Prohibition on the Acquisition and Use of Luxury Vehicles and Directing Revisions of Guidelines on Government Motor Vehicles Acquisition,” and a brochure of a Land Cruiser Prado from Toyota.

“Asa gikan ang pundo (where did the fund come from)?” Elipe said.

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He added the city cannot afford to purchase a P4-million worth of vehicle.

The specifications from the brochure were exactly the same with the ITB posted at PhilGEPS.

“What’s the use of [a] bidding process?” he added. Making the bidding process is a mockery, the specific vehicle was proven to be “tailored-fit.”

“Dapat moagi gyud sa konseho (It should pass through the council),” Elipe said.

This is an illegal disbursement of funds that must be investigated, Elipe said.

As stated from the procedural and documentary requirements in procuring motor vehicles in the memorandum from DILG, a local ordinance or resolution approving such purchase must be set for a process of requests for the approval or issuance of authority to purchase.

“We will file a resolution complaint to the ombudsman against the administration,” he added.

The City Council will ask the help of the Commission on Audit (COA) for a resolution for the bidding procedure that happened without them giving the authority to purchase, and the office of the Ombudsman to investigate the administration where it got the money.

“Amidst claims for terminal leave by several employees dating way back June 30, 2013 which was not released for the reason that there [are] no appropriations, this administration makes a luxurious vehicle to service the mayor a priority. Several job orders of the city have not yet been given their wages since January 2014,” Elipe said.

"Mag-five months na karong katapusan nga walay sweldo," said Joygem Caayupan, one of the 31 job-order employees of the City Council who did not receive any wages since January 2014.

Caayupan is a single parent with four children. Her eldest child is going to enter college soon this incoming school year.

Facing the financial crisis of her family due to the delay of her monthly wages, she goes to her siblings for assistance with their day-to-day expenses like food, transportation and others.

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro was able to get in touch with City Information officer Maricel Rivera for comment on Tuesday morning, but she referred this paper to Roy Hilario Raagas, the city administrator, but he did not reply to text messages and calls as of this posting. (Lynyrd Alexsei N. Corrales-XU-DevComm Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 14, 2014.

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