Makati ordered to answer for P3M money claim for unpaid school improvements

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by Allan Yves Briones

The Commission on Audit Commission Proper (COA-CP) granted the money claim of private firm Accent Systems, Inc. (ASI) against the city government of Makati for P3.09 million in roll-up blinds.

These blinds were. delivered and installed at Makati Science High School in 2015, but were left unpaid, according to ASI.

ASI filed its money claim on February 14, 2018, which Makati sought to deny because the transaction allegedly “did not comply with the requirements of Republic Act (RA) No. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Regulations (RIRR).”

According to Makati, there was no contract between the city government and ASI, nor were there postings on the PhilGEPS website, contrary to law.

In their decision promulgated August 16, COA-CP ruled that while ASI failed to properly follow guidelines prescribed under procurement law, this should not prejudice their receipt of payment.

“Equity dictates that the supplier, ASI who had no control of the procurement process, should be compensated for what it has delivered; otherwise, it would result in undue enrichment on the part of the city who already benefitted therefrom,” the decision stated.

COA-CP cited the principle of quantum meruit, asserting that ASI should be paid the reasonable value of the blinds it delivered and installed.

In the dispositive portion of the decision, COA-CP ordered the city government to pay ASI the amount of P3,093,910.01 without legal interest.