Audit commission flags offices of Duterte and Robredo
Published on: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
By: ABS CBN News
Robredo and Duterte
MANILA: The Commission on Audit (COA) has reported some alleged accounting deficiencies in the offices of former President Rodrigo Duterte and former Vice President Leni Robredo. The COA noted in the 2021 audit report on the Office of the President (OP) various issues including mis-billing of the cost of major repairs to the Kalayaan hall as well as three large wooden chandeliers in the palace. For the repair and replacement of the roof tiles of Kalayaan Hall from 2020 to 2021, the total cost of 15.344 million pesos has been recorded in the repairs and maintenance account, with the unused tiles amounting to 157,920 pesos not deducted from the total amount.
The cost of restoration and repairs of three chandeliers amounting to 11.602 million pesos, 8.498 million pesos and 3.104 million pesos were also recorded as repairs and maintenance in the books of the PO. State auditors noted that minor repairs can be charged to the repairs and maintenance account, but major repairs must be added to the book value of the item and must be amortized over its remaining life. . “The costs incurred for the repair of Kalayaan Hall and the restoration of the large wooden chandeliers are considered major repairs and improvements, as they have extended the useful life and service potential of both properties,” the statement said. audit team. PO management accepted the audit team’s recommendation to prepare an adjusting entry on major repairs to reflect the correct balances of the affected accounts. The PO audit report also noted that 33.445 million pesos out of a total of 52.999 million funds transferred to the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), through the Council of national security, remain unliquidated as of the end of 2021. For the Office of the Vice President (OVP), auditors noted deficiencies in the procurement and use of Covid-19 antigen test kits totaling 9 .9 million pesos, with 17,350 kits costing 7.807 million pesos used after 2 to 8 months of their deliveries. “These terms reflect that there was not yet an immediate need to purchase all 22,000 test kits in April 2021; thus, defeated the purpose of their emergency supply,” the listeners said.
The OVP told listeners it intentionally buys in bulk to have the flexibility to respond immediately to requests from local government units, according to the report. The office, he said, was also affected by updated Health Ministry guidelines recommending antigen test kits only for targeted testing, which led to adjustments in site selection. . “Nevertheless, the OVP has endeavored to make full use of the remaining antigen test kits for another suitable purpose,” the OVP told listeners according to the report. OVP’s cash advances totaling 1.318 million pesos also remained unliquidated at the end of 2021, contrary to the relevant rules and regulations of the COA. The cash advances made were primarily for the OVP’s Covid-19 vaccine project as well as other livelihood and advocacy programs. However, the ÖVP told the audit team on June 7 that all cash advances had already been fully liquidated. Additionally, the auditors noted that the ÖVP’s hiring of private attorneys did not comply with COA and Office of the Solicitor General rules.
The ÖVP explained that the lawyers hired were for the Angat Buhay program which required not only a legal outlook from them, but a combination of political, advocacy, development and regulatory perspectives. The agency admitted it made a mistake in drafting the contract, but took steps to correct the documentation. Copies of the audit reports were received by the offices of Robredo and Duterte on June 28, a few days before their resignations. * Follow us on Instagram and join our Telegram and/or WhatsApp channels for the latest news you don’t want to miss.
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