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DepEd set to investigate alleged purchase of overpriced cameras

The Department of Education (DepEd) said it will investigate its latest overprice issue—this time on cameras.
Another corruption scandal?

Another brewing overpricing issue for DepEd

In an interview with CNN Philippines on Wednesday, DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa said they will look into the allegation that the department purchased overpriced cameras.

Maasahan po ninyo that we will look into this, Poa said.

According to a Facebook post by Jhun Dantes, he claimed that DepEd purchased a Canon EOS 1500D DSLR camera worth PHP 155,929.

Based on the pricing of Henry’s Cameras, an official distributor of Canon, the same model is currently selling for PHP 31,278.16 online. The listed SRP is PHP 33,998.

The original Facebook post was already deleted.

Upon learning about the allegation, Poa said he asked the department’s Public Affair service what kind of camera they have.

It was being claimed that certain cameras were procured back in 2019 if I'm not mistaken and when I looked into it ang nasa picture was an entry level camera, Poa explained.

But when I asked the Public Affairs service regarding the cameras being used by DepEd, lahat naman po yan Mark 4, so hindi po sya yung entry level na camera, he added.

According to Canon, an EOS 1500D DSLR was "designed for first-time DSLR owners who want impressive results straight out of the box."

Just last month, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee recommended the filing of charges against several former and current Budget and Education officials over the procurement of overpriced laptops in 2021.

Poa said the department has created a separate strand that focuses on DepEd's procurement processes to prevent such issues from happening again.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines, meanwhile, urged the DepEd, the Commission on Audit, and lawmakers to investigate the latest overpricing issue.

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