Ex-DepEd-ARMM exec charged over P8.295-M office supplies  

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman-Mindanao (OMB- Min) indicted the former acting regional secretary of the Department of Education of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd- ARMM) on the reported illegal purchase of office supplies.

Respondent Leovigilda Cinches was charged for the anomalous purchase of office supplies and computer equipment from two enterprises owned by her son in the amount of P8,295,896.88.

Cinches was indicted along with four others, including Pangalian Macabunar Maniri (the accountant), Babanggol C. Pandaca (a director), Hadja Monawira M. Abubacar (the chief supply officer) all from DepEd-ARMM, and Anthony Wendell Panganiban Cinches, owner/ manager of WPC Computer Hauz and AWC Enterprises for six counts of violation of Sec. 3 (e) of RA 3019 (Anti- Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) for non-compliance of public bidding requirements.

 “Not a single resolution from the Bids and Awards Committee was submitted to show that the mode of procurement pursuant to R.A. No. 9184 is proper,” stated the resolution approved by Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao Rodolfo M. Elman.

In the report provided by the Commission on Audit (COA) Special Audit Team, it was found that the DepEd-ARMM purchased office supplies and computer equipment from year 2002 to 2005.

The resolution showed that Cinches approved the request to purchase the items and the corresponding payment of her son’s business.

Under Sec. 10 of RA 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act), all procurement shall be done through competitive bidding except “when justified by the conditions provided by the law.”  Warren Elijah E. Valdez

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