Aug 4, 2020 @ 16:00
DOJ renews contract with Calida security firm
The Department of Justice’s contract of security service with the security-manning agency owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida was extended for another six months, documents showed.
Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency Inc. was chosen to provide security guards after it “submitted the lowest bid” during a public bidding on November 27, 2019.
The new 6-month contract with VISAI amounting to exactly P4,363, 287.36 will cover the period July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, the documents further revealed.
The contract ivolves deployment of security guards and other related services in the DOJ proper in Manila, Sunny Oak building, GSP Annex building, Board of Pardons and Parole, Office of the City Prosecutor – Quezon City, Office of the City Prosecutor – Malabon, and Office of the City Prosecutor – Navotas.
“Whereas, considering that the contract of security service provider will expire on June 30, 2020, and in order not to disrupt the necessary security services in the aforementioned offices of the Department, it is necessary to extend the contract for security services with VISAI for another six (6) months, ” the DOJ resolution signed on June 15, 2020 read in part.
In a letter dated July 1, 2020 and signed by Justice Undersecretary Adrian Ferdinand Sugay, the DOJ informed VISAI corporate secretary Raymond De Vera that the security contract was approved and extended.
De Vera acknowledged receipt and conformed on July 15, 2020.
Calida’s security agency hogged the headlines in 2018 after it was found that the firm bagged P150-million worth of contracts in at least 10 government agencies.
Apart from DOJ, Calida’s security agency also bagged contracts with the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
A complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman accused Calida of conflict of interest in violation of Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials).
Just recently, a report on salaries and allowances of government officials by the Commission on Audit (COA) showed that Calida is the second-highest-paid government official, earning P16.95 million in 2019.
The top government lawyer rose four notches from 2018, when he was ranked as the sixth top earner.
According to the report, Calida received a salary of P2.91 million last year, and monetary benefits, including honorariums, reaching P11.91 million.He also received P288,500 in allowances, P550,618 in bonuses and P312,000 in discretionary funds last year.#