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Comelec sinita ng COA sa P1.6B cash advance

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SINITA ng Commission on Audit (COA) ang Commission on Elections (Come­lec) dahil sa kabiguan nilang mag-liquidate ng P1.63 billion na cash advance sa mga opisyal at empleyado.

“The delay in the submission of the LRs (liquidation reports) resulted to the delay in processing and recording of the said liquidations. Had the submission and processing of LRs been on time, the outstanding balance of cash advances could have been reduced,” ayon sa COA audit report.

Nabatid ng mga state auditor na ang cash advance ay ginamit sa payroll, plane fare at mga aktibidad noong May 2018 Barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

Sa ilalim ng Section 89 ng Presidential Decree No. 1445 o Government Auditing Code, “a cash advance shall be reported on and liquidated as soon as the purpose for which it was given has been served.”

Nakasaad naman sa COA Circular No. 92-002 na ang mga opisyal at empleyado na may outstanding balance ay hindi maaaring pagkaloob ng karagdagang cash advance.

Subalit ang mga alituntunin na ito ay hindi sinunod ng Comelec.

“The accountable officers were granted additional cash advances even if their previous cash advances were not fully settled or proper accountings thereof were made… contrary to Section 89 of Presidential Decree 1445 (and) COA Circular No. 97-002,”ayon sa report. (Yves Briones)

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