Pimentel reiterates name to probe LTO’s P3.19-B IT venture


Senate minority leader Aquilino Pimentel III has reiterated his appeal to the Blue Ribbon Committee to act on his filed resolution seeking for an investigation into the alleged “undue payment” given by the Land Transportation Office to a joint venture in connection with a P3.19-billion Road IT Infrastructure project.

Senate Minority Chief Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (Bibo Nueva España/Senate PRIB)

MANILA, Philippines — Senate minority chief Aquilino Pimentel III has reiterated his enchantment to the Blue Ribbon Committee to behave on his filed decision searching for for an investigation into the alleged “undue cost” given by the Land Transportation Workplace to a three way partnership in reference to a P3.19-billion Highway IT Infrastructure venture.

Pimentel stated “it’s about time that the Blue Ribbon Committee conducts this a lot wanted investigation into the small print of this LTO contract.”

Filed on August final 12 months, Senate Decision No. 147 seeks an investigation on the LTO’s undue cost to the three way partnership of Dermalog Identification System, Holy Household Printing Corp., and Microgenesis and Verzontal Builders, citing sure provisions of the regulation that “issuances are express in offering that as a basic rule, no cost shall be made for providers not but rendered or for provides and supplies not but delivered below any contract with the federal government.” 

Pimentel famous that Clause 10 of the Basic Situations of the Contract of the usual Philippine Bidding Paperwork for Items state that “Funds shall be made solely upon a certification by the Head of the Procuring Entity to the impact that the Items have been rendered or delivered in accordance with the phrases of this Contract and have been duly inspected and accepted.” 

“Ten % of the quantity of every cost shall be retained by the Procuring Entity to cowl the Provider’s warrant obligations below this Contract as described in GCC Clause 17,” he added.

In its 2021 Consolidated Annual Audit Report for the Division of Transportation, the Fee on Audit flagged the LTO “for the undue cost given to the international data expertise (IT) contractor, Dermalog, regardless of incomplete turnover for the P3.19 billion Highway IT Infrastructure venture.” 

Pimentel, within the decision, additionally cited varied “unresolved points” which have disruptions within the operations of varied LTO websites, together with the gradual processing of paperwork in getting a driver’s license and its renewal, “in addition to registration of automobiles, which have been attributed to its new IT system.” 

Pimentel noticed the urgency in conducting an inquiry amid reviews that two automobiles bearing the identical plate numbers had been registered within the foreign-made IT platform of the LTO- Land Transportation Administration System (LTMS).

That was not the primary time that the LTMS allegedly had inaccuracies in its database after a person was prohibited from renewing his driver’s license as a result of a bike violation mirrored in his LTMS account.


Pimentel seeks Senate probe on LTO’s ‘undue cost’ to IT supplier


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