COA finds P230M unfinished infra projects of Mactan airport

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014


TWO infrastructure projects of the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), with a combined cost of P230.585 million, have yet to be completed even though they were implemented starting in 2006 yet.

This was among the findings of the Commission on Audit (COA) 7 after reviewing the operations and financial transactions of the MCIAA in 2012.

One of the unfinished projects is the MCIAA administration building located near Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base.

COA 7 said the P29.077 million paid to the contractor remain “unrecouped to the detriment of public interest.”

“We recommended, and (MICAA) management agreed, to review all the records pertaining to the above cases in order (1) to establish a basis for the completion of the projects and (2) to recover the unrecouped balances of advance payments to the contractors to protect the interest of the government,” read the COA report.

The COA 7 noted that their recommendations were partially implemented by the MCIAA management.

“With regards to the administration building project, (the MCIAA) management gave information that the consultant is now undergoing study and processing to make appropriate recommendations to MCIAA,” the audit agency noted.

Bonuses

In another development, MCIAA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete said no unauthorized bonuses were given to the board, airport officials and employees.

He said what was released to employees were incentives provided under the Collective Negotiations Agreement (CNA), approved by the previous administration.

He said the release was based on an official opinion of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), which stated that the provisions and incentives in the CNA can be implemented.

“But since COA has issued a disallowance, the Board of Directors has already authorized management to deduct the same from the employees’ salaries. This is without prejudice to the employees filing an appeal to COA and for the Authority (MCIAA Board) to seek the official wisdom and judgment of higher authorities on this seemingly contradicting opinions of two constitutional bodies,” Villarete said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 28, 2014.

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