AN OFFICIAL of the National Printing Office who led the controversial mass resignation at the agency was allegedly pressured by a member of the agency’s Bids and Awards Committee to resign.
Jennifer Tomas, a member of the committee, said she resigned because she sympathized with NPO Deputy Director and BAC Chairman Sherwin Prose Castañeda.
“I affixed my signature as solicited on the last minute before the closing hours of the same day, not knowing the content thereof,” said Tomas in her letter to NPO Director Francisco Vales Jr. dated November 28, 2016.
Tomas was among the BAC members who resigned en masse led by Castañeda due to alleged pressure.
She said she saw and read the resignation letter only after it was officially released at the Records Section.
“Except as to the issue on the procurement reforms being undertaken, with all honesty and humility, I have no more personal knowledge or information on what were alleged/stated in the said resignation letter,” Tomas said.
She requested Vales to return her to her mother unit.
The resignations came following an alleged anomalous transaction involving the printing of the contribution forms of the Social Security System.
The NPO gave print orders worth P66 million for the SSS which were awarded to three printers.