DBM investigates gov’t PPE supplier

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The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is doing its probe on the ownership of a company which was awarded a government contract to supply personal protective equipment, Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque shared that the DBM is looking into whether the owner of medical equipment supplier Ferjan Health Link Philippines Inc. is also a majority owner of Ferjan Health Link Enterprises.

Ferjan Health Link Enterprises has been blacklisted for two years for “non-fulfillment of delivery for supplies for drugs and medicines,” according to the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB).

If the issue is verified, DBM may look into cancelling the contracts awarded to the company.

“Now, kapag na-verify na po nila na iisa lang ang may-ari nitong Ferjan na ito ay pinag-aaralan na po ng legal ng DBM kung pupwedeng ma-kansela yung kontrata na na-award kay Ferjan Health Link Philippines Inc.,” Roque said.

[Once it’s verified that both Ferjan companies are owned by the same owner, the DBM’s legal department is studying if the contract awarded to Ferjan Health Link Philippines Inc. can be cancelled.]

Purchasing imported PPE is being done by two government agencies: the DBM handles procurement, while the DOH submits to them the required technical specifications of PPE.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.