Senators quiz Duque over ‘double payment’ of face shields

Did the Department of Health (DOH) buy from the Procurement Service-Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) face shields that it already paid for?

Senator on Tuesday grilled Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for explanation as to why the department has to pay the PS-DBM for face shields at P124 per piece when in 2020, it transferred P42 billion to the latter for procurement of COVID-19 supplies.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Panfilo Lacson pointed this out during the Senate’s continuation of its investigation on the DOH’s use of pandemic funds.

On Drilon’s inquiry, Health Undersecretary Carol Taiño confirmed that the DOH has procured face shields from DBM-PS at P124 pesos.

However, she said she did not know where the funds for the procurement were sourced.

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