The Philippine Overseas Labor Office and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration successfully sold off its properties in preparation for both offices’ closure after Oct. 31.
The two attached agencies of the Philippine Consulate General on Saipan opened for inspection its office equipment and other properties until Oct. 4, and sealed bids were accepted until Oct. 8.
Officer in charge Julia F. Fabian said yesterday that they had an “overwhelming” turnout for the auction of computers, paper shredder, projector, tables and chairs, refrigerator, electric fans, a 1994 Toyota Tercel, and a 1999 Toyota Corolla, among others.
Fabian said a total of 125 bids were received for POLO properties, while 81 were received for those of OWWA.
“We didn’t expect that a lot of people will bid. We are now in the process of awarding the items to the successful bidders,” Fabian told Saipan Tribune.
Among the successful bidders were three Filipino organizations that will carry on the programs of the consulate. They are the United Filipino Organization, Saipan Building and Fixing Computer Users Group, and Bayani Association.
OWWA earned close to $800 from the bidding, while POLO’s partial revenues are at $4,000, Fabian said.
“Now that the bidding has ended, we completed one major task and we can focus on other important duties in relation to our closure after Oct. 31,” added Fabian.