The United Filipino Consumers and Commuters on Sunday criticized Environment Secretary Gina Lopez for her failure to act on alleged anomalous purchase of air quality monitors.
UFCC president Rodolfo Javellana said his group, along with the Coalition of Clean Air Advocates of the Philippines, have already met with Lopez in August last year to thresh out the details of the questionable purchase, but to no avail.
Javellana appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to look into the irregular procurement of air quality monitors.
“Consumers, commuters and environmental advocates will file charges against Lopez before the Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday,” the group told Manila Standard.
Javellana said since 2003, the Environmental Management Bureau made several purchases of air quality monitors.
He said the purchases were grossly disadvantageous to the government due to the “incompatibility of the monitoring system with the unique needs of the country.”
Most of the monitors were not properly working, he added.
“She promised us an immediate investigation. She even said this time there will be no whitewash [but to no avail],” Javellana said.