P61-M crime detection project goes down the drain

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THE Commission on Audit scolded the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) for wasting P61 million worth of public funds meant to upgrade the computer facility for the efficiency of criminal justice system.

In the report of state auditors, a total of P61.97 million of In-formation Technology (IT) equipment for the National Crime Information System (NCIS) were found non-operational because the accompanied software were undelivered, “thereby wasting public funds.”

The NCIS aims to help in the identification and apprehension of criminals, improve the efficiency of criminal justice agencies and ultimately help reduce crimes, through better planning and use of manpower, equipment and gov-ernment resources.

For the program, the Jail agency tied up with the National Computer Center (NCC), who received P61.97 million from the BJMP in July 2000.


Review of report of disbursement found that NCC paid P61.89 million to One Consulting Group for IT equipment (P56.82 million), project training (P3.6 million), and application enhancement (P637,616), among others.

The computer agency said that the items were delivered to the Jail bureau on February 22, 2001 but at the BJMP, officials could show “no delivery receipts on file.”

“The only basis of the BJMP to account for the delivered hardware was the existence of the same during the inventory taking,” the report stated.

It added that printers, personal computers, power supplies, mod-ems and network equipment were not in the memorandum receipt.

“The items were not used for the intended purpose due to unde-livered software, resulting in its obsolescence and waste of public fund,” auditors commented.

The Commission said that considering that the NCIS did not even jumpstart, it “was a waste of public fund.”

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