Lacson flags 'overpriced' items in DOH-procured ambulances

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday bared more questionable expenses allegedly made by the Department of Health (DOH).

10/20/2021 6:49:00 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday bared more questionable expenses allegedly made by the Department of Health (DOH).

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday bared more questionable expenses allegedly made by the Department of Health (DOH).

[Translation: We checked the equipment and the costs one by one. There's a huge discrepancy.]For one, he said the DOH bought two mobile phones with sim cards for a total of ₱30,000 - nearly four times the ₱7,998 spent by local governments for the exact same items.

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He added the department procured dashboard cameras for ₱15,000 each when the retail price was only at ₱4,500. Stretchers were also supposedly overpriced at ₱45,000 per unit from ₱23,800.AEDs, meanwhile, were listed by the DOH to have cost ₱165,000 each, but Lacson said these only retail for ₱96,500.

"These are the things we want explained by the departmentpara hindi na maulit[so these do not happen again]," Lacson said.Health Secretary Francisco Duque said he has already asked his staff to look into these possible cases of overpricing." headtopics.com

Ito po ay pinaumipasahan ko na[I already asked that they begin probing this]," he said."Rest assured that we will have this investigated,kasi nga Read more: CNN Philippines »

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