(Councilors Jay Sangil and Alfie Bonifacio meet ACWD general manager Rey Liwanag (right) after the council’s regular session last Tuesday. Contributed photo)
ANGELES CITY— The Commission on Audit (COA) has started auditing a public utility company here for its purchase of P288 million worth of ultra violet (UV) ray machines.
Councilors Jesus “Jay” Sangil and Alfie Bonifacio, chairpersons of the council committees on public works/ engineering and public utilities, earlier asked the COA to conduct the probe following reports of alleged overpricing.
The P288 million was allotted by the Angeles City water District (ACWD) here for the purchase of the UV ray machines for the use of its several pumping stations in the city.
Sangil and Bonifacio identified the ACWD pumping stations with UV ray machines with the amount reaching almost P300 million.
As this developed, the COA is also conducting an audit of the bulk water contract of the said water district.
According to city council sources, the ACWD purchased another P24 million UV ray machines in three pumping stations at barangays Capaya, Sapa Libutad and Northville Cutud.
It was learned that the purchase of UV ray machines of around P8 million each and “Bauer” amounting to another P8 million per unit are still ongoing to complete the installation in all 61 pumping stations in the city.
According to Sangil and Bonifacio, the ACWD put up a P7-million facility at Villa Belen homesite in barangays Sto. Cristo and Anunas.
Some 23 units of UV ray machines reportedly purchased by the contract were installed at barangays Sapang Bato Town and Country, St. Ignatius, Pandan; Mabini, Lourdes Northwest, Bagong Bayan, Pampang, St. Vincent, Robinsons place, Rosewood Subdivision, Margot, Little Baguio, Metrogate1, Metrogate2, Marquee, Magalang Avenue, Mac Arthur Highway (Marisol), city hall, Sapalibutad, Punta Verde and Northville Cutud.