Second-hand boats, jet skis ‘unusable’

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Thursday, May 29, 2014


THE Cebu City Government has failed to use second-hand marine vessels donated by a US-based equipment and logistics company.

Last February, the City received three used fiberglass speed boats and two used jet skis from Am-Phil Equipments and Logistics Llc.

Bantay Dagat Commission Chief Ranulfo Sebusa said the speed boats and the jet skis don’t work.

The City spent $56,000, or P2.6 million, to ship the vessels from Massachusetts in the US to Cebu City.

The 10 new inflatable boats the firm also donated are in working condition, though.

Sebusa said Bantay Dagat is using seven of the inflatable boats.

New engines needed

He said he consulted some repairs shops, most of which suggested the City replace the engines of the used speed boats and the jet skis with new ones.

“The engines were already obsolete. The body is still okay and we can still use it if we will replace it (engine) with new ones,” he said.

Sebusa said they cannot buy new engines since they don’t have enough funds.

The procurement can only be charged to funds under the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC).

Councilor Dave Tumulak, LDRRMC presiding officer, said only the General Services Office (GSO) can determine if the equipment needs repair or if it needs new parts before the matter can be forwarded to the disaster office.

“GSO should inspect that and should assess if City will spend for its repair,” Tumulak told Sun.Star Cebu.

A report describing the conditions of the equipment should be submitted to the GSO, he added.

Asked if City has guidelines in accepting donations, particularly second-hand items, Tumulak said the City has yet to draft one.

“As long as the donor tells us it’s operational, we will accept it,” he said.

Tumulak also sponsored a resolution that will charge the shipping cost to the City’s Philippine and Amusement Gaming Corp. funds.

The marine vessels were supposed to be used for the City’s disaster risk management and rescue operations.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 30, 2014.

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