COMELEC workers question agency’s plans to buy P9M worth of furniture


Reference:        Armando M. Mallorca, Vice-President for External Afairs


Date:                May 2, 2011

COMELEC workers question agency’s plans to buy P9M worth of furniture

Workers of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) belonging to the Alliance of COMELEC Employees in Service (ACES) today questioned the poll body’s plan to shell millions to furnish the COMELEC Cottages inBaguioCity.

In “INVITATION TO BID: SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF FURNISHINGS FOR THE COMELEC BAGUIO COTTAGES (BAC Reference No. 2011-001)” released by the COMELEC’s Bids and Awards Committee on April 6, 2011, the COMELEC has allotted a total of P9 million for the purchase of “furnishings,/appliances/accessories.”

According to the document the COMELEC invited prospective bidders to supply and deliver P4.7 million worth of wood furnishings; P891 thousand worth of appliances; P727 thousand worth of curtains and P418 thousand worth of blinds, among others.

“At a time when COMELEC rank and file employees are reeling from sky-high prices and low wages, news that the COMELEC plans to purchase high end furniture and appliances worth P9 million for the Commissioner’s cottages in Baguio is just really hard to stomach,” said Armando M. Mallorca, ACES Vice-President for External Affairs.

“It baffles the mind that the COMELEC en banc apparently is willing to shell out more than P727 thousand for curtains alone to doll up the COMELEC’s Baguio rest house, while it is insistent in not giving us our due benefits,” Mallorca said.

The ACES leader the implored the COMELEC leadership to rethink their plans to pursue this P9 million project.

“Why not consider toning down a bit and prioritize the purchase of cost-effective yet environmentally friendly furnishings? After all, buying lavish furniture such as expensive Mahogany beds and living room sets goes against the government’s austerity program,” he said.

Concluded Mallorca: “Ilaan na lang sana sa kapakanan ng mga empleyado ang matitipid na pera.” ###


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