THE president of the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) on Monday denied giving multimillion-peso contracts to a security company that also allegedly won hundreds of millions’ worth of contracts from Makati City (Metro Manila).
At the same time, Pag-IBIG Fund President and Chief Executive Darlene Berberabe disputed a report of an online news entity that Omni Security Investigation secured contracts with Pag-IBIG Fund that allegedly did not go through proper bidding.
“The message sought to be conveyed is that Pag-IBIG Fund is involved in shady deals, a message that is most unfair, for it is unsupported by facts,” Berberabe, a lawyer, said in a statement.
“Pag-IBIG Fund has never awarded multi-million-peso contracts to Omni apart from the contract for the security detail of the CEO,” she added.
According to her, the contract that was awarded to Omni was for her personal security and that it was an emergency procurement brought about by death threats to Pag-IBIG officers at the time.
Berberabe said such direct procurement is “allowed and recognized under the Government Procurement Reform Act or Republic Act. 9184 under certain circumstances, which were present in this case.”
She noted that the term “multi-million” used in the online report was misleading because it made it appear that the contract awarded to Omni was worth tens of millions of pesos, when the actual contract was only for P1.3 million.
“When Omni participated in a bidding process in 2012 for a contract worth P198 million for the security requirements of the Fund, it was, in fact, disqualified for submitting its bid documents merely one minute late,” the official said.
“This shows how principled we are in our bidding process, which fully conforms [with]RA 9184. This is the real story, that Pag-IBIG Fund never unduly favored Omni and in fact disqualified it for being late in the bid for a P198-million security contract,” Berberabe added.
The report said Omni bagged four contracts from Pag-IBIG amounting to P1.37 million in 2013 for three professional security escorts “who will render 12-hour service to the CEO.”
It alleged that the contract was negotiated and did not go through the bidding process.