COA: P7M spending ‘irregular’-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
STATE auditors have called the attention of the Talisay City Government after finding out that the local government charged the P7 million used for motor vehicle repair and honorarium of job-order workers on the calamity fund in 2012.
The Commission on Audit (COA) recommended that the City Government direct concerned officials to refund the amount and hold liable those who authorized the disbursement.
State Auditor Maria Daisy Bercede said in her audit report that Talisay City Hall used P7 million of its P21.9-million five percent calamity fund was used for programs and projects that are not related to disasters.
She found this to be “irregular.”
“These charges are not among the items contemplated to be part of the disaster risk management activities enumerated by DILG Memorandum Circular 2012-73,” said Bercede.
The audit report noted that City Hall spent P18.1 million or 82.74 percent of its calamity fund from January to December last year.
The sum P2.6 million for asphalting and construction of the city's drainage system; P2.755 million for the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles; P120,000 on consultancy fees; and P1.5 million on the daily wage honorarium of job-order employees.
Talisay City Budget Officer Edgar Mabunay told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday that the disbursements are related to disaster reduction, preparedness and mitigation.
He said the job-order employees are working for the Talisay City Rescue and Emergency Assistance Team.
The City also charged the honorarium of former city councilor Sabeniano Abatayo, the Local Disaster Risk Reduction consultant during the term of then Mayor Socrates Fernandez.
Mabunay said the programs charged to the calamity fund were included in the City Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan.
Bercede cited Department of Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular 2012-73, which states that the five percent calamity fund or the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund shall be used to “support disaster risk management activities such as, but not limited to, pre-disaster preparedness programs including training, purchasing lifesaving rescue equipment, supplies and medicines, for post-disaster activities, for the payment of premiums on calamity insurance and construction of evacuation centers.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 27, 2013.