The Commission on Audit lately discovered out that the Senate has acquired a hoarder’s mentality after it uncovered over P3 million price of extra and dormant provides when it checked the Upper House’s storeroom stock as of the tip of final 12 months.
CO was shocked to see the Senate’s cupboards stuffed to the brim with workplace provides comparable to toners, ink cartridges, AA batteries, folders, notepads, and envelopes a few of which have gone to waste after their expiration date or poor storage.
In its report, COA stated: “Wastage of government assets from overstocking and obsolescence of inventories could have been prevented had procurement of supplies and materials been properly planned and periodic assessment of inventory movements been undertaken to ascertain the required quantity of items for stocking.”
COA blamed the Senate’s “inadequate planning” in its purchases and lack of monitoring of it stock for the over P3 million price of extreme and non-moving stock because it purchased in enormous portions regardless of the sizable beginning steadiness of every merchandise and disregarded the shelf life and storage situation of those items..
The Senate’s shopping for sample confirmed that it was so involved about operating out of provide that they mindlessly amassed this stuff with out even pondering whether or not they may use these stuff throughout their phrases or their lifetime.
For instance, the Senate purchased 2,100 items of whiteboard markers in 2016 regardless that it knew that it solely used 160 each quarter or 640 per 12 months.
No marvel its extra stock of whiteboard markers ballooned from eight,300 models as of end-2015 to 10,159 markers as of finish 2016.
At P16.23, the Senate is holding to over P160,000 price of markers that it might take 15 years to make use of.
Among the gadgets that stood out in the Senate’s extra stock listing is its horde toilet paper.
The Senate purchased 12,672 rolls of toilet paper in 2016 regardless that it nonetheless had nearly a 12 months’s provide of tissue in its cupboards. The Senate ended up having an extra of 9,512 toilet paper on the finish of final 12 months.
Good factor a roll of toilet paper prices solely P5.80 every which meant the surplus stock is price P37,000. If the senators have been choosy and opted for the softer and stronger high quality or the three-ply selection, their extra stock of toilet paper would value ten occasions extra.