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Ariza: The Auction for Procurement of Masks is in Accordance with the Provisions

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Jakarta: DKI Jakarta Deputy Governor (Wagub) Ahmad Riza Patria (Ariza) stated that the auction for the purchase of N95 masks and the procurement of Covid-19 rapid test kits were in accordance with the provisions. This procurement later became the findings of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK).

“All auction processes in DKI Jakarta have complied with the existing rules and regulations, please check from beginning to end,” said Riza in Jakarta, Friday, August 6, 2021.

Head of the DKI Health Office (Dinkes) Widyastuti said that the BPK’s findings about the Provincial Government (Pemprov) being overpaid in the procurement of rapid test kits and N95 masks were only an administrative matter. He claimed that no state losses were found in procurement in 2020.

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Widyastuti also responded to the finding which stated that overpayment was due to the fact that in the second procurement the DKI Health Office chose goods of the same quality, but the price was more expensive than the previous procurement. He said the procurement was adjusted to the needs.

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For N95 masks, he said, after the first procurement there were various complaints from equipment users. At the beginning of the pandemic, masks were also difficult to obtain.

“Well, of course we are in accordance with the specifications requested with input from the user,” said Widyastuti.

For the COVID-19 rapid test equipment, Widyastuti said the procurement is to ensure that DKI Jakarta can check its citizens. This is considering that at that time there was no routine procurement.

“Besides that, there were price fluctuations at that time and we never understood, so we asked for assistance from examiners, inspectors, prosecutors for the process in DKI at that time,” said Widyastuti.

BPK stated that the DKI Provincial Government overpaid Rp1.1 billion for equipment procurement rapid test Covid-19 in 2020. This was conveyed in the report on the results of the examination (LHP) of the 2020 DKI Jakarta Provincial Government financial reports which were ratified by the Head of DKI Representative BPK Pemut Aryo Wibowo on May 28, 2021.

Based on BPK’s examination of payment accountability documents, there are two procurement service providers rapid test covid-19 with a similar brand in the near future. However, the two have different prices.

In addition, the BPK stated that there was an overpayment of N95 respirator masks in 2020 of up to IDR 5.8 billion. This is found in the unexpected expenditure post (BTT) of the 2020 DKI APBD. Masks were purchased from two different companies, PT IDS and PT ALK, with different price ranges.

“This problem resulted in a waste of regional finances worth IDR 5,850,000,000,” Pemut wrote in the BPK report.

(OGI)

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