TAGBILARAN CITY – The Commission on Audit has rejected PGBh’s argument on “negative slippage” in the DOH-funded construction of hospital buildings where the medical equipment are to be installed. The provincial government’s hospital coordinator said in response to audit findings that the uninstalled hospital equipment “would not have happened had there been no negative slippage in the construction of the DOH-funded buildings.”
COA said it can vouch to DOH’s claim based on its inspection in the hospitals. “We found several new equipment in the stock room. Said equipment was temporarily kept in the hospital administrative building while waiting for the completion of the DOH buildings where they will be permanently installed. In this case, the comment regarding negative slippage of the DOH funded building is already out of the context.”
COA’s examination further indicated that there was no proper coordination between the Department of Health (DOH) that funde the building construction where the medical equipment are to be housed. “Thus, had proper coordination been done by the PGBh with the DOH, the issue of spaces to accommodate for PGBh-procured equipment could have been settled within the LGU level,” it said. An auditor’s rejoinder pointed out the noble purpose of the program, saying it “is a welcome development,” which is for the welfare of the Boholano constituents but commented otherwise.
It said that a well-planned program, building construction completion must come first before equipment delivery that it considered as “major factor.” Even if there were series of conferences in hatching of the plan but the “outcome ould not be appreciated as evidenced by the seemingly unattended newly procured medical equipment just kept at inappropriate place seen during the team’s inspection.” This showed “deficiency” in the program implementation. COA said.
COA’s inquiries revealed that hospital chiefs “lack knowledge” on the issue of simultaneous procurement of medical equipment and repair/construction of hospital facilities. COA has identified the suppliers of the medical equipment and other items for the hospitals undergoing upgrading.
These were the Michelle & Donalds; Gransol Trading; LabSolution; MHR HealthCare; Medikotek, Inc.; Dextel Trading; and Gramsil Trading. The COA report was transmitted with cover letter dated May 28, 2014 to Gov. Edgar M. Chatto from regional director Alicia M. Malquisto, director IV.
The transmittal of the audit findings was based on section 2, Article IX-D of the Philippine Constitution, section 3 of the Prsidential Decree No. 1445, known as “Government Auditing Code of the Philippines.” (rvo)