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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



07 February 2018 09:28:39 PM

The 14th impeachment meeting of the House committee on justice chaired by Rep. Reynaldo Umali revealed that the continued renewal of the contract of Helen Macasaet (standing, first from left) raised a red flag with the head of the Management Information Systems Office (MISO) of the Supreme Court (SC). Atty. Carlos Garay, Acting Chief of the SC MISO, said he had no supervision or control over the consultant or her work on the SC Enterprise Information Systems Plan (EISP). He said he had no hand in drafting the terms of reference submitted to the SC procurement committee, which later led to the employment of Macasaet. The MISO head said the resulting efficiency of Macasaet's work was "nothing substantial." Rep. Rodante Marcoleta expressed disappointment over the failure to achieve the objective set forth by the EISP, which was conceived precisely to boost the efficiency of the country's judiciary systems. Meanwhile, committee vice chairperson Rep. Vicente Veloso noted the glaring disparity between the P15,000 per month wage of process servers and the high consultant fees of Macasaet. Veloso explained that the work of process servers is considered a lifeline service, while computerization such as provided by Macasaet is classified only as support service line. Despite this, she received roughly P11 million for her services through six-month contracts over four years. Macasaet made her first appearance as a resource person in Wednesday's proceedings to address inquiries and explain her work on the EISP. Also in photos are Deputy Speakers Gwendolyn Garcia and Ferdinand Hernandez, Umali, committee vice chairman Rep. Doy Leachon and Deputy Majority Leader Rep. Juan Pablo Bondoc. / CMBE/GE