Talisay’s job-order workers ‘fail’ to remit on time-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
STATE auditors found that Talisay City Government’s tax collection for the first half of this year is short by P3.8 million.
Worse, the Commission on Audit (COA) auditors found that City Hall allowed job-order employees to handle revenue collection.
The COA said the delay in the remittance of collections exposes the City Government to possible loss, misuse or theft of public funds.
The COA audit, headed by Maria Daisy Bercede, noted that job-order employees assigned to collect taxes did not remit their collections within the prescribed period.
The delays in the remittances went as long as 85 days, said COA.
COA advised the Talisay City Government to not allow job-order employees to collect taxes to protect the City's interest.
Talisay City Treasurer Emma Macuto said in an interview yesterday that they hired job-order employees to collect taxes because the office lacked personnel.
She said the job-order employees hastened the collection of taxes.
Job-order employees assigned at the city market and slaughterhouse are also tasked to collect taxes and fees.
Macuto agreed with COA, though, that the practice has to stop. She said that at present, only regular personnel are tasked with tax collection.
COA noted that the City Treasurer's Office hired eight job-order employees from January to June this year.
The job-order employees remitted their collection on June 30 this year, but the remittance of P3.8 million was delayed.
COA said hiring job-order employees to collect taxes violated provisions under Presidential Decree 1445, otherwise known as the Auditing Code of the Philippines.
Section 69 of the law states that “public officers authorized to receive and collect money arising from taxes, revenues or receipts of any kind shall remit or deposit intact the full amount so received and collected by them to the treasury of the agency concerned and credited to the particular accounts to which the money belong.”
It also considered a violation of Section 15 of the New Government Accounting System Manual for Local Government Units, Bercede said.
Aside from stopping the practice of assigning job-order employees to collect taxes, state auditors recommended that the city treasurer monitor the accountability of the officers under her supervision and require them to deposit their collections daily.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 28, 2013.