COA flags Laguna hospital over poor waste management

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 26 2019 04:51 PM

MANILA- The Laguna Medical Center was told to comply with the provisions of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act after the Commission on Audit found that containers for infectious waste in the hospital were not marked properly, among others.

State auditors also said the hospital poorly maintained color-coded containers for waste, used receptacles without covers rummaged through by animals and infested with insects, and the lack of proper signage for the storage area and sewage treatment.

The 2018 COA report stated that the "improper handling and storage of medical wastes pose serious threat to human health and the environment."

The hospital management however assured the audit team that the recommendation for strict compliance of the law as well as health care policies will be observed, according to the audit report.

State auditors also reported that the P3.547 million contract of the provincial government with a service provider for waste collection was contrary to the provisions of Republic Act No. 9184 the Government Procurement Reform Act.

The contract did not indicate the schedule of waste collection as well as the imposition of liquidated damages in case of delay in the delivery of service. 

Verification made by the auditors revealed that the service provider collected wastes from various hospitals from 1 to 5 times a month only. 

“Management agreed to include the provisions on the schedule of waste collection and imposition of Liquidated Damages in the Contract Agreement with the Service Provider on waste collection and disposal,” the COA report noted.

A copy of the report was received by the office of Governor Ramil Hernandez on June 24, 2019.

The full audit report on the provincial government of Laguna can be downloaded from the COA website.