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COA: Over P90M of P155 fund for rehab centers still unliquidated

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MANILA (Mabuhay) –Part of the P155 million funding intended for the construction and maintenance of drug rehabilitation centers in the country has yet to be accounted for, according to the Commission on Audit (COA) in a report.

The funds were released by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) to national government agencies (P140.57 million), local government units (P13.99 million), and non-government organizations (P1.08 million), the COA said in a report.

It added that in 2012 alone, DDB released P60.08 million to these agencies and LGUs, but not a centavo has been accounted for at year end.

“For CY 2012, there was no liquidation submitted by the IAs (implementing agencies), while for the funds transferred in previous years only P11,589,860.23 was liquidated leaving a balance of P95,008,691.81,” the report noted.

Auditors said releases to national government agencies (NGAs) amounted to P140.57 million, to LGUs P13.99 million and to non-government organizations P1.08 million based on DDB’s ledgers.

To ascertain the accuracy of the balances in DDB’s books, auditors sent 16 verification letters to various national government agencies (NGAs).

Nine implementing agencies that replied to COA confirmed a total balance of P10.36 million, although the DDB ledger showed they were given P35.94 million.

COA blamed the discrepancy to the recipient agencies’ failure to submit liquidation reports upon completion of their respective projects.

The implementing agencies that showed discrepancies were the Commission on Higher Education (P11.14 million); Rizal Medical Center (P6.69 million); Department of Health-Region 1 Center for Health Development (P3.75 million); Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (P2.055 million); Malinao Regional Drug Rehabilitation Center (P967,631); Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (P500,000); Philippine Information Agency (P329,330); and National Youth Council (P150,763).

Meanwhile, COA questioned DDB for granting additional fund releases to implementing agencies that still had unliquidated fund transfers from previous years, among these was theP5.555 million released to CHED in December 2007.

COA said the fund was released to CHED even if a P5 million transfer in August 2007 and P2.21 million in December 2006 were still awaiting submission of expense documents.

Similarly, PDEA, which has not liquidated P1.69 million it received in December 2009, received another P595,000 in December 2011, while Rizal Medical Center was released the sum of P3.8 million in December 2011 when previous four releases to it totaling P5.012 million between December 2010 and October 2011 have not been liquidated.

Reacting to COA’s recommendations, DDB said it has already advised concerned agencies to submit liquidation report on the financial assistance distributed among them.

It has also created a committee to monitor, evaluate and follow up submission of disbursement reports by the implementing agencies. (MNS)

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