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Digital advocates urge government to blacklist suppliers involved in DepEd laptop deal

DepEd Laptop Deal

A network of digital advocates urged today the Philippine government to blacklist suppliers involved in the P2.4 billion Department of Education (DepEd) laptop deal.

Digital Pinoys National Campaigner Ronald Gustilo said that Sunwest Construction and Development Corporation (SCDC) and LDLA Marketing and Trading, Inc. (LDLA) should be blacklisted from participating in any government transaction for its involvement in the anomalous laptop deal with the DepED and PS-DBM.

“Contractors who willingly participate in anomalous deals should be banned from participating in any and all government transactions. It is unacceptable and must be dealt with by the government.”

It can be recalled that DepEd purchased around 39,000 laptops with Intel Celeron processors for P58,300 per unit. However, Intel celeron laptops can be purchased for only P15,000 in retail tech stores. Prior to the procurement of the Celeron laptops, DepEd was able to purchase laptops with a much powerful i5 processor for P32,000 also with PS-DBM.

“It is appalling that after purchasing laptops with a much better processor for a lesser price, they purchased entry-level laptops at a higher amount. 29,000 teachers were deprived of their much needed equipment. We should not allow this kind of dealings in the government. We are wasting hard-earned taxpayers money.”

Gustilo also blasted the PS-DBM and DepEd for overlooking crucial errors in the contract between the two agencies. Gustilo is also urging the Senate to look at the possibility of turning former Undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao a state witness, if it were true that he had a minor role in the laptop deal.

“This is a new government, it should offer Mr. Lao the chance to name the big fish behind the laptop deals and even hopefully, the Pharmally deal. If it is true that he only had a minor role in all of these deals, then let him spill the beans and expose those who had big roles in the questionable transactions.”

Reference: Ronald Gustilo, Digital Pinoys National Campaigner