Laoag City – The Ilocos Norte provincial government has been admonished by the Commission on Audit (CoA) for spending millions in public funds for the salaries of “unnecessary” employees.
In a recent audit statement, the CoA said some P7.5 million was splurged in 2020 by Capitol officials to pay 10 consultants in spite of the fact that the work they performed wasn’t considered highly technical and could have been accomplished by just any ordinary Joe.
The CoA said the 10 lucky consultants, who were hired on a contractual basis allegedly to assist local officials in dealing with the pandemic (presumably by the Office of the Governor), were paid monthly wages ranging from P30,000 to P154,164.40.
The CoA said such hiring was questionable under Sec. 4 of CoA Circular No. 2012-003 as “their functions were not highly technical in nature and their outputs can be provided by regular employees of the province.”
The CoA-flagged actions of the Ilocos Norte Capitol were – naturally – justified by factotums in the human resources management office.