COA: Ombudsman’s P4.6-million petrol products purchase lacks public bidding

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2019 12:57 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2019 12:58 PM

MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman's purchase of P4.565 million worth of fuel, oil and lubricants did not pass through public bidding as required by the procurement law, the Commission on Audit has said. 

This deprived the government of getting the most competitive and advantageous price of petroleum products, COA said in its 2018 audit report. 

The audit agency said the anti-graft body made a direct purchase through a credit line and had “no valid agreements or contracts” with various suppliers and service stations in 2002 and 2007.

"The current practice of the agency in procuring fuel/gasoline from the selected service stations without the benefit of public bidding is not in accordance with the provisions of RA No. 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act)," it read. 

"As a result, the Ombudsman was not able to obtain the most advantageous prices in the market,” the report added. 

The office of Ombudsman Samuel Martires received a copy of the report last June 24. 

The Office of the Ombudsman has agreed to require its Bids and Awards Committees to strictly comply with the procurement law, especially the conduct of public bidding for its fuel requirements, said the audit team.

The office also said it is planning to procure fuel through fleet cards and providing a fuel allowance to officials to avoid excessive purchases.

The full audit report on the Office of the Ombudsman can be downloaded from the COA website.