MANILA (Mabuhay) – A regional director of the Department of Education is facing graft charges before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the anomalous procurement of computers in 2008.
In a press statement, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the filing of information against DepEd Zamboanga Peninsula director Walter Albos for approving the procurement of IT equipment and software worth P2,998,100.00 without public bidding.
A Commission on Audit report said that aside from lack of public bidding, the delivered equipment was not in accordance with the quantity and specifications indicated in the purchase order.
The investigation also revealed there was delivery of equipment even before an abstract of bids was issued.
The Ombudsman said that while the Commission on Audit later deemed that the questioned disbursement had been settled, “the interest of the COA is solely administrative, and its investigation does not foreclose the Ombudsman’s authority to investigate and determine whether there is a crime to be prosecuted for which a public official is answerable.”
It said the graft charge must be pursued as “there is nothing in the records that would prove that the Bids and Awards Committee participated in the procurement” as “the procurement was only upon the direction of respondent Albos.” (MNS)