COA questions procurement irregularities in Bantayan hospital’s purchase of oxygen tanks

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The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged various procurement irregularities in the purchase of P629,184 worth of medical oxygen tanks by the Bantayan District Hospital in Cebu.

In its 2017 annual audit report on the provincial government, the COA questioned the hospital’s purchase of the tanks from Jhakz Medical & Industrial Gases Mktg., a supplier which was not registered with the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS).

The COA also found that the check payments did not bear the restricted endorsement “For Deposit Only,” effectively allowing the supplier not to register with PhilGEPS in violation of Section 8.2.2 (c) of the Government Procurement Reform Act.