THE office of Vice President Jejomar Binay has answered as early as June this year the observations made by the Commission on Audit (COA) regarding the P94.7 contract given to a supplier which COA claimed had no government permits.
The Vice President’s office said it tapped the services of the supplier because of its good record in completing deliveries of relief goods.
The OVP said its main concern was ensuring the quick delivery of relief goods to calamity victims.
“We were more concerned about the timely delivery and availability of the goods in the calamity areas without prejudice to pricing which is advantageous to the government,” Assistant Secretary Rosalie Licauco said in a letter to State Auditor Marife Tubana dated June 22.
Licauco further explained that the OVP has ordinarily contacted previous suppliers to supply basic commodities such as canned goods, noodles and biscuits, as part of its relief operations for areas struck by calamity.
“Since our? primary supplier is located within Luzon areas only, requirement for Visayas and Mindanao, if not available from local suppliers within the area of calamity, were mostly procured from the? supplier in question,” she said.
“It has the capability of serving large quantity of goods and delivered the same immediately and directly to the calamity areas which were mostly far-flung provinces,” the letter further said.
Licauco added that the OVP will submit other needed information for post-audit purposes at the soonest possible time.