DAP orders 3 brand-new vehicles worth P3.7 million

Another government agency has violated the ban on acquisition of new vehicles by putting out an order for three brand-new cars for a combined sticker price of P3.750 million.

State-run Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) is ordering two units of vans and one unit of sedan, all brand-new.

The winning bidder would be announced November 29, 2010.

At a budget of P3.750 million, the DAP is seen to spend at least P1 million each for the three new motor vehicles.

The DAP is the second government agency to skirt the ban on motor vehicle acquisition, which was imposed at the outset by the new government to curb spending and stem the run-away deficit.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) earlier came under attack by purchasing 14 brand new pick ups and three sports utility vehicles (SUVs) for total price of P24.1 million.

The vehicles would be used in the DSWD’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program dubbed as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (PPPP).

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad credited the ban, including reining in wasteful spending of government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), to the government’s lower disbursements in the previous months, which allowed it to incur savings for social services and calamity funds.

He also said no new government buildings would be constructed in the remaining months and even under the national budget for 2011.

Abad nevertheless said essential vehicles like ambulances and patrol cars are exempted from the ban. (Dino Ng)

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