Mobile Clinic supplier given contract for garbage truck PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 February 2017 11:39

The City Council has given its approval to Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco to purchase a United States-made garbage truck from XJJ Enterprises, the supplier of a controversial Mobile Clinic.

In its regular session last Tuesday,  members of the majority group approved a resolution for Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar to enter into a contract with XJJ Enterprises for the delivery of a P4.750-million garbage truck.

The resolution also granted the purchase an exemption from taxes.

XJJ Enterprises was said to be the lone bidder for the garbage truck equipment, which was classified under an emergency purchase.

Four councilors, Rudy Lim, Myra Paz Abubakar, BG Guingona, and Mike Alavar, voted against the measure.

The minority councilors initially proposed to refer the matter to a Council committee but were outvoted by majority councilors allied with the administration.

The four minority councilors are allies of Congressman Celso Lobregat who initially opposed the purchase of a P37.9-million Mobile Clinic last year, another equipment supplied by XJJ Enterprises.

XJJ is not a stranger to supplying heavy equipment to the city government.

In April 2016, it was also the supplier for a mobile clinic recommended for emergency purchase by the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO.)

The purchase became a major issue during the 2016 elections when candidates under the party of Congressman Celso Lobregat described it as being overpriced at P37.8-million.

The candidates also criticized the nature of the purchase and questioned why a recommendation from the City Health Office was not requested on the matter.

Despite being categorized as an emergency purchase, proponents have shelved the move to buy the equipment.

The purchase of the Mobile Clinic was not revived in spite of an existing allocation in the 2017 Executive Budget.

On February 2016, the City Council approved the purchase of a towing vehicle priced at nearly P25-million also to be supplied by XJJ Enterprises.

All three equipment, imported from the United States, were classified under emergency purchases.  (E-media)