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DepEd confirms reports of laptops being sold in Cebu

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday confirmed that some laptops procured for teachers amid the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic were being sold in a surplus store in Cebu.

According to DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa, the laptops were not purchased by the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) but were part of the DepEd Computerization Program (DCP).

“The Department is now coordinating with relevant law enforcement agencies to apprehend the perpetrators,” said Poa in a press statement.

DepEd launched an investigation into the matter after Senator Francis Tolentino said in October 2021 that he received reports that the laptops purchased for teachers to facilitate distance learning at the height of the pandemic were being auctioned in a store in Cebu for P10,000.

Meanwhile, Poa said the DepEd “has found another case of the failure on the part of a service provider to comply with its contract — since the year 2021.”

“We are currently exploring legal remedies and working on this issue,” he said.

“The DepEd recognizes the important fight against corruption to improve the delivery of public service. We reiterate our call to the public to be vigilant and to actively report any fraudulent and unethical acts of DepEd personnel. Those who will be engaging in such activities will be dealt with accordingly and swiftly,” he added.—Sundy Locus/AOL, GMA Integrated News