COA to look into liability of town treasurers

LOCAL auditors will ask the municipal treasurers of Pinamungajan, Compostela, Carmen and Sogod to explain why they should not be made liable for the burglaries that took place in their offices.

Commission on Audit (COA) Provincial Auditor Lolita Mercedes said the treasurers have to make a “request for relief of accountability” to serve as basis of the local auditors’ investigation.

The request for relief of accountability may be filed at COA within 30 days from the date the burglary occurred, which is the reglementary period, but the treasurer must inform the auditor right after the incident, Mercedes said.

Requirements

She said the treasurer must submit a sworn statement of circumstances surrounding the loss that must be supported by affidavits of two witnesses along with a police investigation report.

The sworn statement must include the actual date of loss, amount of cash lost, book value of property and money value of accountable forms, manner of disappearance, efforts put forth to recover, provisions made to safeguard the valuables and the date the loss was reported to auditor and police authorities.

The mayor’s comment and recommendation on the treasurer’s request for relief is also required.

A memorandum receipt covering lost properties, if there are any, must also be submitted.

Once all requirements are submitted and auditors fail to establish the treasurer’s liability, only then will her office recommend the issuance of a relief of accountability, Mercedes said.

Provincial Treasurer Emmanuel Guial said towns are clustered into groups and an auditor handles each cluster.

Mercedes said the auditors report to the COA regional office.

Last week, burglars broke into the treasurer’s office inside the municipal halls of Compostela, Carmen and Sogod, carting away a total of P167,000 in cash.

Last Sunday, burglars broke into the treasurer’s office in Pinamungajan and took P430,000 in cash intended as salaries for its employees.

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