DFA staff ‘conniving’ with contractors

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Some 20 personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) have connived with contractors of the agency in exchange for money, leading to “irregularities” and “anomalies” in contracted projects.

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The allegation is contained in a report prepared by a department manager, who requested anonymity, after he completed his special assignments aimed at evaluating performance of sub-contractors of the agency, including possible wrongdoing that may have attended the contracted projects.

The manager late last week said he observed “irregularities” in renovating the auditorium, roofs and stairways; waterproofing the roof deck; replacing the centralized air-conditioning units, water coolers and fire alarms; and fireproofing with asbestos the ceiling of the 13th floor of the DFA building on Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City (Metro Manila).

He noted “anomalies” in supply and delivery of security inks; repair and rehabilitation of storm drainage system, domestic/potable water system, sewerage system, fire hydrants, wet stand pipes and fire hoses, two elevators at the DFA South Wing annex building and power center; conversion of existing e-passport system; car rentals; expenses in career ministers examinations and 2014 foreign service officers examination qualifying tests; and outsourcing of passport encoders for regional consular and satellite offices.

Many of the contracted projects were overpriced, according to him, and DFA building administration officials failed to secure permits for the projects.

The manager said his findings have reached the office of the Pasay City mayor and some offices of members of the Senate.

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