a DepEd supplier charged Php400,000 for one computer package, which consists of:
Some educational software,
1-day technical support,
and a desktop unit computer that’s powered by obsolete components— Intel Pentium IV, 128MB RAM, 40GB internal storage, Nvidia GeForce 4 graphics, and Windows 98 SE.
Such a package should only cost around Php 15,000 or less today.
And even if they were bought in the early 2000s, the Php400,000 price per package is still completely outrageous.
Other suppliers had also billed the government for books at Php200-300 each, when they should only be priced less than Php100 because of their cheap materials. Worse, these suppliers are apparently still in business with the government.
To put everything in one word: corruption. Two DepEd officials are allegedly in collaboration with these suppliers. They’re apparently receiving some kickbacks for buying overpriced equipment.