Hey, government: Mukhang nabisto na naman kayo!
Apparently, the Department of Education (DepEd) entered a deal with a supplier selling overpriced desktop computers—and that's putting it mildly. According to an exclusive report by News5, the government agency paid P400,000 per PC from a supplier named Merryland Publishing Corporation from 2008 to 2010. At least two high-ranking DepEd officials were said to be involved and got loads of kickback profit from the deal.
Why are we not surprised?
You'd expect these computers to have awesome hardware, the kind that will impress even the most discerning of geeks. But, sorry to disappoint you bros, these units are so sub-standard hardware-wise they'd be put to shame even by our humble smartphones.
Will you pay for the following?
- 1.8GHz Pentium 4 processor
- 128MB RAM
- 40GB capacity
- 1.44 Floppy disk drive
- 52x CD-ROM
- 56kbps modem
- Windows 98 SE
- CRT (box-type) monitor
Granted, the deal was from six years ago. But even by 2008 standards, a PC with such innards is already obsolete, and will only sell for around P15,000, according to TeamTechSquad. And that's already with peripherals like desktop speakers, a mouse, and keyboard. The sad thing is we’re talking about gadgets for educational purposes here. That’s just low.
Even Professor X/Capt. Picard can't take it
To put things in a better perspective, P400,000 could already net you five to six MacBook Pros! Or if it's a pimped-out gaming rig you want, you could buy three (at around P120,000 each) complete with all the trimmings (e.g. watercooling, tower with LED lights) your friends will be envious of. And you'll have plenty to spare for next-gen games!
The worst part is we all know that our government is already a beterano when it comes to shady projects and contracts like this one. Proof? Look no further than the other allegedly overpriced deals on the next page!