Cebu City – The Commission on Audit (COA) has reportedly accused 21 local government units (or towns) in Cebu province of releasing some P39 million in Covid cash aid under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act to over 6,000 “ineligible” beneficiaries.
COA officials said they are readying the proper criminal and administrative charges against concerned LGU officials should they fail to acquit themselves in the anomaly.
The COA identified the erring towns as Alcantara, Bantayan, Boljoon, Badian, Borbon, Daanbantayan, Catmon, Malabuyoc, Medellin, Oslob and Moalboal.
Poro, Samboan, Ronda, San Francisco, San Fernando, Sibonga, Sogod, Tabogon, Tabuelan and Tudela.
Reports said the COA directed the mayors of the concerned towns to explain the inclusion of the ineligible persons in the distribution of the social amelioration program (SAP) which constituted the first tranche of cash aid released by the national government in April-May 2020.
The COA said 6,465 recipients were not qualified under the rules set by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the Emergency Subsidy Program, including elected and appointed officials, government employees, employees of private companies, retired persons getting pensions and those with independent financial capabilities.
In some towns, the COA discovered thousands of barangay officials and job order employees to have unlawfully benefited from the SAP program.
The COA added that aside from the 21 aforementioned LGUs, the towns of Alcoy, Asturias, Compostela, Consolacion and Cordova lacked supporting documents regarding their SAP distribution.