Moreno’s call for COWD execs’ resignation remains-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno has maintained his call for the resignation of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) board of directors to resign amid the Commission on Audit’s (COA) recommendation to have the water utility’s officials charged with graft and corruption.
City Hall spokesperson Maricel Casiño-Rivera said Moreno’s stand even before he assumed office was for the COWD’s board to step down through a “courtesy resignation.”
But even with the COA’s report implicating the COWD officials and two of its contractors, still not one of the board members handed in his/her resignation, Casiño-Rivera said.
She said Moreno sees the need for the COWD board to resign so he can overhaul the water district.
In a text message Thursday evening, Moreno said it should be the COA which will take the first step in bringing COWD’s alleged anomalies to a proper forum.
“COA should initiate the case as it has already studied and reviewed the matter,” Moreno said.
“I have asked for a legal assessment of the matter. I hope the board members (are) more sensitive now. Courtesy resignation is warranted,” he added.
In its report, COA has recommended the filing of charges against the COWD board and its contractors, Rio Verde Water Consortium Inc. and Geo-Transport and Construction Inc., for violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the anti-graft and corrupt practices act.
Aside from the violation of various sections of RA 3019, COA also cited other infractions committed by COWD, among them:
Rule V, Section 12; Rule XV, Section 47, Section 53, paragraph (d), and Section 55 RA 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations;
Presidential Decree (PD) 1445, the Government Auditing Code of the Philippines;
COA Circular 85-55A or the amended rules and regulations on the prevention of irregular, unneccesary, excessive or extravagant expenditures or uses of funds and property;
COA Resolution No. 91-52 dated Sept. 17, 1991, on policy guidelines governing auditorial review and evaluation of bidded infrastructure contracts;
COA Circular No. 97-002 dated Feb. 10, 1997, on restatement with amendments of the rules and regulations on the granting, utilization and liquidation of cash advances provided for under COA Circular No. 90-331 dated May 3, 1990.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 20, 2013.