Council wants COA-Manila to probe Zambo CCTV purchase PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2014 14:27

The City Council, in its regular session on Tuesday, called on the Commission on Audit central office to intervene and conduct an investigation on the alleged defect of the city’s CCTV surveillance cameras.

This, after by District 2 Councilor Elong Natividad, chairman of the Council’s Committee on Peace and Order, submitted its recommendation for the approval of his report during a committee meeting last August 20, 2014.

The recommendations include: “To request the City Legal Office to act with dispatch as regards the contract particularly on the warranty period and for the concerned department that prepared the Purchase Request (PR) for the acquisition of the surveillance camera to go after the supplier under the warranty clause of the contract for the city will be able to protect its interest with specific information in view of the soon to be expired warranty period; to authorize the Committee Chairman on Peace and Order to accomplish the form of the Commission on Audit (COA), the above-mentioned request formal and submit the same the soonest possible time as a requirement to make the request formal and that COA can act immediately; and for the City legal Office to take legal action pertaining to the non-appearance of IT Smart representative (supplier).”

During deliberations, District 2 Councilor Kim Elago immediately asked how much money do the city owe the supplier and how many were cameras were installed.

The chairman’s report disclosed that a total amount of twenty million five hundred thousand pesos (P20,500,000.00) were paid to the supplier (IT Smart) with unpaid balance of three million seven hundred seventy six thousand two hundred sixty pesos (P3,776,260.00) in the total amount of twenty four million two hundred seventy six thousand two hundred sixty pesos (P24,276,260.00)”.

Elago said there is a need “to declare the contract entered into by the City government as highly irregular, that the cameras are not working, below standard. It should be reviewed and the contractor should be investigated.”

“Mr. Chair, we suggest to include in the recommendation requesting the COA-Manila enbanc to do the necessary investigation. Para si ta pwede aqui aregla abaho, alya siguro ariba malisud,” said Councilor Rommel Agan.

Agan also added his observation that the said surveillance cameras installed are not in accordance with the specifications provided in the bidding document.

For his part, Natividad said many city department heads who were invited to attend committee meetings have not shown up.

“They did not appear to give the necessary information including IT Smart (supplier) with regards to this CCTV,” Natividad said.

Elago said there is a need to include these department heads as the committee chairman had difficulty inviting personalities.

“Shall we not also take administrative action against department personnel who refuse to cooperate with the investigation? As if they’re part of the conspiracy?” Elago asked.

It was learned that out of the 96 CCTVs, only eight were installed in different intersections. — Monch L. Follosco