June 11, 2023

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Senate Blue Ribbon Committee wants the return of P979M in overpriced DepEd laptop agreement, charges against DepEd, PS-DBM officials

Photo: Margot Gonzales

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Thursday, January 19, has recommended the return of the P979 Million in overpriced quantities in the purchase of laptops intended for public school teachers. The committee also recommended the filing of complaints against DepEd and PS-DBM officials involved in the fiasco.

During a press briefing, the committee secretary read its findings and recommendations on the issue after five rounds of hearings.

Photo: Margot Gonzales

“Recovery of the overpriced in the amount of at least P979 million as proceeds of corruption and the amount actually recovered to be placed in a special national teachers trust fund to support the health and medical needs of public school teachers and the educational needs of their children through a special scholarship program,” the committee secretary said.

The committee finding also ordered for the filing of administrative and criminal complaints against the executives of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) who were involved in the laptop procurement mess.