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Philippine senator slams purchase of ‘overpriced’ PPE from China

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MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday flagged the government’s purchase of five million personal protective equipment or PPE sets, mostly from Chinese firms, which she said were overpriced by 1 billion pesos or $20.6 million.

In a statement, Hontiveros said seven of the 11 contracts for PPE sets were awarded to China-based companies by the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service  from April to May this year.

“Why are we prioritizing foreign companies instead of local ones? To make matters worse, in these 11 procurements we analyzed, it appears that the PPE prices were overpriced by at least 200  pesos [or about $4] per unit or 1 billion pesos [$20.6 million] in total,” the senator said.

“One billion pesos was lost This is one billion pesos that could have gone to more PPE, especially during a time when an increasing number of our health workers were dying because of inadequate protection,” Hontiveros said.

“Crucially, the one billion pesos could have also been allocated to increase the salaries of our health workers,” she added.

She also questioned why China-based companies were supposedly prioritized in the procurement of PPE sets.

She said of the five million PPE sets, almost three million were outsourced from Chinese companies, including Xuzhou Const. Machinery Group, Wen Hua Dev’t Industrial Co., Ltd., Chushen Company Ltd., Pacific Field (Hong Kong) Ltd., and Shanghai Puheng Medical Equipment Co. Ltd.

“DBM should explain these suspicious transactions. The Department of Health should also have exercised its mandate to inspect these procurements, especially since this is a vital aspect of our overall COVID-19 response,” Hontiveros said.

“Our government agencies should only answer one simple question: Why is China being given priority? If they have a good answer to that, and I doubt they do, only then can they be absolved of this,” she added.

 

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