Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has dismissed from the service National Printing Office (NPO) Acting Director Emmanuel Andaya as well as NPO bids and awards committee (BAC) Chairman Sylvia Banda and BAC members Josefina Samson, Antonio Sillona, Bernadette Lagumen, and Ma. Gracia Enriquez for not complying with procurement regulations.
Morales found the officials guilty of grave misconduct in connection with the alleged anomalous purchase of printing services worth P1.9 million.
“They were also meted out the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, and bar from taking civil service examinations,” the Office of the Ombudsman said in a statement.
Morales ordered the filing of charges against Andaya and the other officials at the Sandiganbayan for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
The case stemmed from the procurement of 1,000 boxes of Travel Clearance Certificates (TCC) as requested by the National Bureau of Investigation in 2010.
The office alleged that the deal was awarded to Advance Computer Forms, Inc. (Advance) without public bidding.
The conditions for resorting to the alternative mode of procurement “were not present to justify the absence of public bidding,” the Ombudsman said.
Andaya allegedly approved the BAC resolution resorting to emergency procurement of the
TCCs at a price of P1,900 per box. The contract was awarded to Advance on Nov. 30, 2010.
“It was also found that respondents authorized the advance delivery of the TCCs prior to the issuance of a Notice of Award,” the office said.
It added that the respondents “acted with manifest partiality, evident bad faith, or gross inexcusable negligence” when they awarded the deal without public bidding.
The office stressed that “the conditions to resort to the alternative methods of procurement are not empty words but were specifically crafted to guarantee that no personal preference is given to any supplier and that the government is given the best possible price for its procurement, especially since no public bidding is involved.”