Unexpected Result: The Lacking Audit in NTF-ELCAC Gains Attention

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 Philippines Philippines – The Commission on Audit (COA) has seen as a few lacks in the execution of projects, undertakings and exercises (PPAs) of the six part offices of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in 2020.

In its combined for public government-organizations, the COA said deficient documentation, low asset usage and unutilized reserves, unapproved store moves and absence of rules on the utilization of assets were seen in the execution of different PPAs of the team’s part offices.

It said the antagonistic discoveries cast question on the productive utilization of public assets by NTF-ELCAC offices – the Departments of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The review body said the DILG, specifically, neglected to use P8.735 million expected for exercises under “reinforced correspondence methodologies, limit improvement and partnership working with all areas for neighborhood harmony and advancement.”

The COA said that as a result of the office’s low spending plan use, the normal correspondence yield, which remembered general media show for “ELCAC in the midst of COVID-19” just as restriction of different data, schooling and correspondence materials, were not done or achieved during the year.

It coordinated the DILG to present a clarification expressing the explanations behind the unimplemented PPAs. The DSWD, in the mean time, was brought out over the payment of P5.32 million for assumed help to 330 revolutionary returnees without substantial supporting records.

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The COA said the DSWD’s provincial Field Office 13 (CARAGA) had dispensed P1.28 million under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program and P4.04 million under the Livelihood Settlement Grants or a sum of P5.32 million for help to previous revolutionaries who gave up to the public authority.

The installments were made notwithstanding unseemly or absence of supporting archives, in this way giving occasion to feel qualms about the respectability and legitimacy of the exchanges.

An aggregate of P1.064 million, in the mean time, was spent by the NCIP Regional Office 13 for dinners and facilities during the NTF-ELCAC Regional Action Planning Workshop regardless of deficient documentation. Besides, the acquisition was not done through a serious public offering conflicting with Republic Act 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act).

The OPAPP, in the interim was brought out over its inability to submit to state evaluators the dispensing vouchers adding up to P1.36 million and their comparing supporting records regarding its enemy of socialism related uses.

Then again, the PNP was hailed over helpless use of hostile to socialism assets for 2020 adding up to P722.955 million. The COA noticed that of the complete asset, the PNP was simply ready to commit P240.803 million as of yearend, leaving an equilibrium of P482.152 million.

The COA explicitly refered to the PNP Regional Office 5 (Bicol) for acquirement of P6.667 million worth of products utilizing ELCAC assets, without verification of posting the fundamental supporting records on the sites of the PRO 5 and the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System, infringing upon RA 9184.

Among the lacking archives, as indicated by COA, were the solicitation for value citations, notice of grant, agreement or buy request and notice to continue.

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