COA Finds P113.70-M Unutilized Instructional Materials in DepEd Warehouses

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COA Finds P113.70-M Unutilized Instructional Materials in DepEd Warehouses


By Ben Rosario

The Commission on Audit (COA) has uncovered some P113.70 million worth of unutilized books and other instructional materials the warehouses of the Department of Education.

The discovery came on the heels of COA's earlier discovery of overstocked medicines worth some P296 million in the Department of Health (DOH).

COA, in its 2018 DepEd annual audit report, disclosed that at least P113.70 million textbooks and other instructional materials purchased from 2014 to 2017 "remained unutilized and idle" in five DepEd warehouses in Taguig City.

The audit agency said the educational materials "were minimally distributed in the last four years at an average of 23 percent," adding that this "tied up government resources."

COA said the serious lapse in purchasing could hold DepEd officials liable for the violation of Presidential Decree No. 1445 for falling under "Irregular, Unnecessary, Excessive, Extravagant and Unconscionable" expenditures.

"Likewise, control weaknesses were observed in the safekeeping and inventory system of instructional materials which can bring further damage or loss thereto," the state audit body stated.

Audit examiners also lamented that some of the learning materials intended for Grade 3 pupils of public elementary schools contained errors, notwithstanding the fact that the P254.35 million worth of books and other educational supplies underwent a three-step review process conducted by DepEd.

Of the educational materials delivered by suppliers to the DepEd warehouses, the remaining stock of 243,414 copies of learning materials requested by the Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Services have been discovered.

"Furthermore, the percentage of issuances vis-à-vis total deliveries shows that out of the total amount accumulated buffer stocks procured in CYs 2014 to 2016, only 15.77 percent copies were pulled out which were provided to recipient schools in typhoon-stricken areas as a replacement for the lost and damaged learning resources," the COA reported. …

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