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The BOI has been exempted from the COA report on ‘undistributed’ PPE.

MANILA, Philippines — As of end-2021, the Board of Investments (BOI) has been cleared by the Commission on Audit (COA) of having undistributed personal protective equipment (PPE) supplied by China’s Panhua Group.

Ceferino Rodolfo, Trade Undersecretary, and BOI Managing Head, held a press conference on Friday to address a news item published on June 7 alleging that the “BOI failed to distribute donated PPEs,” citing a 2021 COA study.

COA cleared the agency on the problem in March, according to Rodolfo.

This is because the donated PPE for health care personnel from China — with the BOI as the beneficiary — is not medical quality.

“We’re talking about things that are supposed to safeguard our health professionals, so when we got the packages, the BOI had to undertake a thorough inspection and evaluation of the protective health gear products, including their origin and quality,” Rodolfo explained.

He went on to say that the organization has no plans to keep or hoard the gifts.

The PPE gifts were sent to the Philippine General Hospital, according to a top trade official.

Because the donated PPE was not medical-grade, it was given to non-front-line staff such as security guards and administrative officers.

“We must also recognize that the BOI, in order to act prudently and in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations, undertook due diligence first to guarantee that everything is in order,” he said.

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