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QC Government Under Probe Over “Overprice” Purchase of Face Shields

The Quezon City (QC) government is now under probe over the alleged “overprice” face shields they previously purchased.

Representative Mike Defensor of the Anakalusugan party-list requests a probe into the Quezon City government’s purchase of 400,000 face shields, which he claims were overvalued by P24 million. Based on the article, Defensor called on the House to investigate the subject in House Resolution No. 2143, which he filed.

QC Overprice Face Shields
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Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City, on the other hand, quickly refuted Defensor’s claim. According to Belmonte, the QC government purchased several hundred thousand face shields from Strength Medical and Drug Supply on December 21, 2020, for P67.50 each.

Defensor, on the other hand, claims it is 600 times more expensive than the P10 face shields in Binondo, Manila. As per the article, Defensor claims that if there had been a legitimate bidding process, the Quezon City administration would have purchased 2.7 million more face shields.

The Department of Health (DOH), on the other hand, has been also questioned about their COVID-19 funds. This was after Senator Franklin Drilon questioned the Department of Health on its P42.4 billion purchase of face masks and shields, based on the previous report.

Senators, on the other hand, had a problem with the procurement since the things were “overpriced.” According to the report, a single face mask cost P27.72. In the meantime, each face shield cost P120.

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