P12M ‘mobile clinic’ idle at ARMM compound PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 January 2012 17:36

COTABATO CITY — The P12 million-worth “mobile clinic” of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has just been idly parked inside the ARMM compound here for about three months now, now, bereft of a permanent driver and a warranty for its road and medical worthiness.

The ARMM’s newly-installed officer in charge, Mujiv Hataman, said he would have an inventory first of all the supposed equipment in the clinic, which the past administration said was equipped for dental, childbirth, and minor surgical services.

The ARMM’s executive department procured the P12-million worth mobile clinic last year and was symbolically launched during a medical and dental outreach mission in Pagalungan, Maguindanao.

Hataman said he wants the vehicle checked first to determine if it is certified brand new, or a second hand “surplus” from either Korea or Japan and merely customized and fitted with medical equipment needed for medical services in far-flung communities.

Hataman said he would have the records on the purchase of the “mobile clinic” reviewed by state auditors.

“The mobile clinic appears to be a bus, seats taken out so that medical and dental instruments can be fitted in,” Hataman said.

The unit was supplied by a Manila-based distributor of medical equipment, according to sources from the Office of the Regional Governor.

Hataman said he also wants an inquiry on whether the supplier was indeed capable, or authorized to sell a customized mobile clinic, such as the one the past administration bought from the establishment now in question.

Lawyer Anwar Malang, the ARMM’s executive secretary, said they also found out that the office of the governor do not a have permanent driver for the mobile clinic.

“Whoever has to drive that must be one with a permanent plantilla position, not a casual or contractual worker because that’s a P12 million worth of equipment,” Malang said.

Malang said they are to have the all the medical and dental instruments in the mobile clinic inventoried before end of January.

“We inherited so many problems when we took over the ARMM leadership. We thought the problems were just a truckload. We were wrong, there are shiploads of problems in the ARMM,” Malang told reporters Friday. — Felix Ostrea