Press Release | 16 September 2021
The Department of Health (DOH) today reiterated that the transfer of funds to the procurement service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) was done to immediately provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, following existing laws, rules and regulations.
“Hindi pwedeng pabayaan natin ang ating healthcare workers na magkasakit o mamatay habang walang supply. Hindi pwedeng dahilan ang kawalan ng supply upang hindi tayo magbigay ng PPE. The government acted out of urgency. Kung hindi tayo nag bayanihan, baka wala pang PPE na nakuha ang ating healthcare workers,” said Secretary of Health Francisco Duque III.
Further, the Commission on Audit (COA) said during the hearing of the House Committee on Good Governance that there was no finding of overpricing when it audited the PS-DBM and the DOH. Moreover, COA has previously stated that their report does not mention any findings of funds lost to corruption.
“Kami po sa Kagawaran, we have always been transparent and cooperative with inquiries. Asahan din po ninyo na hindi titigil ang ating pagtugon sa pandemya sa kabila ng mga alegasyong ating hinaharap. Kami rin po ay nagpapasalamat sa COA sa kanilang mga ginawang paglilinaw sa mga alegasyon hinggil sa Kagawaran,” said Undersecretary Charade Mercado-Grande.