PhilHealth and PITC aim for 1st win at UNTV Cup

UNTV News   •   September 28, 2019   •   1163

The short-handed PhilHealth Plus will once again rely on Jonathan Aldave and Kenneth Emata as they did on their last game with the AFP Cavaliers.

On Sunday, the early victims of AFP Cavaliers this season — Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC)—seek to bounce back as both will face each other for the 2nd game of the UNTV Cup weekly triple-header.  

According to PhilHealth Plus head coach Delio Aseron, beating PITC is going to be a tough task, particularly since they would be playing without their injured players, Jervi Glorioso and Mark Eduard Pedroso.

“Ang PITC is a very talented team. We really have to [do] double time. Kailangan maiayos namin yung depensa, kailangan maiayos ko rin yung rotation, and hopefully mag-click yung outside shooting namin and try to capitalize ng speed ng players natin at extra-hustle,” Coach Aseron said.

Last Sunday, the team of PhilHealth suffered defeat at the hands of multi-season champion AFP Cavaliers, with a final score 91-80.  

The PITC basketball team on the other hand is coming off a three-week rest and practice since they too succumbed to AFP Cavaliers at the opening game of UNTV Cup Season 8 on September 9 at MOA Arena to the final score of 90-70.

PITC Head Coach Vic Ycasiano said earlier that they were not expecting to face the defending champion, and their other players are not in top condition.

“Yung mismong main guy namin si Porto, injured eh, so hindi na namin pinuwersa. Si Vassallo kakabalik lang galing injury. Tapos talagang off pa kami. Ilang beses pa lang kami nakakapag ensayo… we have to be given some time para maka-recover from everything, makapag-ensayo kami maayos… sigurado exciting ball game kapag kami naglaro,” Coach Vic Ycasiano said.

In other games, Judiciary-GSIS duel is set at 2 PM while NHA Builders vs Malacañang-PSC Kamao is set at 5:30 PM. — BERNARD DADIS

Finance Department oders PITC to remit unused public funds

Marje Pelayo   •   December 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Finance (DOF) ordered the Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) to remit all income from interests it generated from various government agencies so the fund may used for the government’s response against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and relief efforts to areas affected by the recent typhoons.

In a statement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez wrote to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez who chairs the PITC Board to remit to the national treasury a total of P1.1 billion that the corporation collected from the years 2018 and 2019.

The said amount was the balance of the interest income from funds of various government agencies supposedly for equipment that has been noted as “parked” funds in the state-run corporation.

The DOF noted that in 2019, the PITC had a trust liabilities of P33-B while from the start of this year to October it had P32.6-B.

“Following our discussion, we would like to request the return to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) by PITC, the interest earned on such funds held in trust. From 2018 to 2019, the interest earned on such funds totaled P1.151 billion,” Sec. Dominguez confirmed.

Dominguez cited a Commission on Audit (COA) report which stresses that PITC’s non-remittance of the said fund to the National Treasury is a clear violation of the Government Auditing Code of the Philippines.

Prior to this, Dominguez also notified Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado through a letter of his order to PITC to return the P33-B to the national treasury.

Senator Franklin Drilon who raised the issue on the ‘parked’ unused public funds at PITC suggested the termination of the agency citing the problems it causes the government for concealing public funds. 

Also, Drilon said PITC seems to be a duplication of government function because the Budget Department also has an existing procurement service, not to mention each government agency’s Bids and Awards Committee that do similar work as PITC. MNP (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Lacson urges gov’t to revisit use of PITC as procurement arm

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson has called on the government to look into its practice of using the Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC) as a procurement arm.

Lacson said utilizing the PITC for procurement requirements of several national government agencies may have to be “revisited and stopped” to “save on unnecessary expenses amounting to billions of pesos in delays and commissions or service fees.”

The senator also questioned the PITC’s existence, saying that the agency may have “outlived its purpose.”

“Since the creation of the Government Procurement Service under the Department of Budget and Management, the PITC may have outlived its purpose,” Lacson said in a statement on Monday.

“Initially, it was only used to circumvent the procurement of medicines, especially for emergency needs. But later, it has expanded into the procurement of other items like rice,” he added.

Some senators earlier pointed that that the practice of using PITC to procure items only allowed departments to make it appear that their budgets had been obligated.

It was recently tapped to be the state’s procurement arm for COVID-19 vaccines tentatively pegged to amount to over P70 billion through loans.

Lacson said that it would be prudent that the government at least “take a long hard look” at the involvement of the PITC in the procurement of vaccines.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon earlier said he would push for a Senate inquiry into the books of the PITC after voicing out suspicion that billions of government funds were “parked” at the PITC.

He said government agencies usually use the services of PITC when they are supposed to purchase products, and “pass on the budget there so that they will say that these are already obligated when in fact they are just deposited.”

DENR Warriors make UNTV Cup history, wins championship

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 10, 2020

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Warriors made UNTV Cup history after winning the championship on Monday (March 9).

The DENR Warriors defeated the previous champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers in a best-of-three series of the UNTV Cup Season 8.

The rookie team dominated in the first and second game of the series. The AFP Cavaliers did not back down in fighting for the championship but the DENR Warriors were relentless in securing their first championship.

Game 2 ended with the finals score of 99-91.

DENR Warrior coach Norlito Eneran expressed his gratitude to the DENR Warrior players for their sacrifices.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga players, coaching staff talagang ang dami nilang sakripisyo para rito. Hindi biro ang ginawa namin, (I am thankful to the players and coaching staff, they sacrificed a lot for this. What we did was no joke),” he said.

Ed Rivera of the DENR Warriors is the most valuable player for his boldness in the court, scoring a total of 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block. Meanwhile, Ralp Lansang secured 22 points for the DENR, Ryan Abanes and Archie Gamboa scored 20 and 11 ponts, respectively.

For the AFP Cavaliers, Boyet Bautista scored 29 points followed by Romeo Almerol with 17 points and Jerry Lumongsod scored 15 points.

The DENR Warriors will receive P4 million for their chosen charity, the Environmental Heroes Foundation Incorporated. Meanwhile the AFP Cavaliers won P2 million for AFP Educational Benefits System Office.

UNTV Cup Season 8 will give a total of P10 million to various institutions and their chosen charities.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

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