Senate to probe ‘pricey,’ ‘outdated’ laptops for teachers

Senate to probe ‘pricey,’ ‘outdated’ laptops for teachers

By Liza Soriano

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MANILA — Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has filed a resolution seeking for an investigation of ‘pricey’ and ‘outdated’ laptops bought by the Department of Education (DepEd) for teachers.

Pimentel filed Resolution No. 120 asking the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to probe the issue earlier raised by the Commission on Audit (COA).

“[W]hen the procurement process is plagued with problems such as deficiencies, irregularities, and corruption, the government loses a huge amount of money,” Pimentel stated on his bill.

“But corruption in public procurement is not just about losing money. It also reduces the quality of work or services rendered by the government to the people, in this case, our child learners,” he added.

The COA deemed the computers as “expensive” at P58,300 per unit in its 2021 audit report on the DepEd, despite the education agency’s initial projected cost of roughly P35,000.

The laptops were supposed to help public school instructors with distance learning, however, the greater price resulted in fewer beneficiaries, from 68,500 to 39,583.

The COA also discovered that the laptops were too slow because the processor is an Intel Celeron, which is old. (ai/mtvn)

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