Ilocos Sur’s provincial government is in hot water after the Commission on Audit (COA) discovered P863 million worth of illegal disbursements in infrastructure projects from last year.
The COA’s annual report stated that various disbursements with an aggregate amount of P863,581,260.88 were made even with incomplete documentary requirements, no approval of proper officials and with deficiencies noted.
These anomalies greatly affect the validity, legality and propriety of the audited transactions.
None of the 30 disbursement vouchers of its infrastructure projects have any program of work, letter request from the contractor regarding payment of progress billing, bill of materials, statement of time elapsed for work accomplished, nor contractor’s affidavit on the payment of laborers and materials, and so forth, the auditing body said.
COA also found that at least 112 disbursement vouchers related to the procurement of various goods were not supported with delivery and official receipts, project procurement management plans, or acknowledgement receipts of items as well as business permits and income tax returns of the suppliers.
The 34 vouchers pertaining to the procurement of services and 103 others involving financial assistance were not supported with proper documentation either, and some of the purchase orders and contracts of service were not signed while purchase requests were updated, the COA said.
The provincial accountant, however, has committed to coordinating with concerned implementing units for the submission of the needed documents and completion of those with deficiencies.