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P1B combat vehicles, weapons for PNP undelivered

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The undelivered equipment defeats the reason why the PNP engaged the services of the PICT, according to CoA. (PNP)
Various police machinery and equipment worth P1.036 billion purchased through state-owned Philippine International Trading Corporation (PICT) remain undelivered to the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Commission on Audit (CoA) revealed. 
 
CoA’s audit report released recently states that of the P1.347 billion funds transferred to PICT for the purchase of combat items in 2016, only P311,067, 924 worth of equipment was delivered to the PNP. 
 
“Funds transferred amounting to P1.347 billion had been little served because it has only delivered a total of P311.068 million worth of equipment in CY 2016, leaving P1.036 billion still undelivered for more than three years,” the CoA report stated. 
CoA said the low delivery rate of 23.08 percent and undelivered equipment defeats the reason why the PNP engaged the services of the PICT — that is to facilitate the procurement process.
 
CoA cited in its report Section 7 of the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations and Republic Act 9184 which state that in order to hasten project implementation, procuring entities may outsource the tasks by requesting another agency to undertake procurement through the execution of a memorandum of agreement. 
 
With the failure of the PICT to deliver combat equipment including utility trucks, automatic grenade launchers and light personnel carriers and others, CoA recommended to the PNP to demand the immediate delivery of all remaining equipment or demand from the agency a refund of the unused balance to be deposited to the National Treasury. 
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