Council investigating identity of official who ordered food

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

THE Cebu City Council is trying to find out who in the executive branch at City Hall ordered P5.2 million worth of packed meals for the barangay elections in October 2010.

The council also asked Red Carpet Catering what caused it to deliver packed meals to teachers and local government personnel who served in the 2010 barangay elections.

If the packed meals were delivered, is there a receipt that can be used as proof of delivery?


“We need to know why the transaction pushed through even without all the supporting documents,” Councilor Margarita Osmeña said during the council session last Wednesday.


The committee on budget and finance, headed by Osmeña, looked into the transaction after Red Carpet Catering asked the City Council’s help in collecting the payment for the packed meals.

City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas said payment to the caterer could not be made because there were no approved purchase request and purchase order.

Cuevas said the transaction was not covered by a bids and awards (BAC) resolution and there is no notice of award given to the caterer.

The City Government has not appropriated funds for the packed meals.

The absence of a bidding for the catering was questioned by the Commission on Audit.

Cuevas could not explain why the food was delivered even without supporting documents, saying she was not the treasurer when the transaction was made.

In 2012, Red Carpet Catering filed a civil case against City Hall to collect payment.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 12, 2014.

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