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COA: Oslob’s manpower issues lead to misuse of P3.4M funds

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The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged various manpower-related irregularities that saw the misuse of P3.35 million in public funds.

In its 2017 annual audit report, the COA found that P2.85-million payment for the wages of job order (JO) personnel was unlawfully charged against the funds of the Solid Waste Management Program.

The said JO personnel were actually performing office works, the report stated.

This use of funds violated Section 46(b) of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, which stated that “in no case… shall the Fund be used for the creation of positions or payment of salaries and wages.”

The COA said the municipality should stop using the said funds for personnel whose activities did not concern solid waste management.

Otherwise, the officials could be “sanctioned for technical malversation,” or the criminal misuse of funds for purposes other than those they were appropriated for.

The COA also questioned the grant of P180,000 in honoraria to five officials in connection with the implementation of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Auditors found that the personnel did not actually perform activities for the said project.

Another nine JO personnel for Kalahi-CIDSS were paid an unspecified amount of wages despite the failure to support the claims with individual contracts, daily accomplishment reports, and daily time records.

Similarly, P167,790 and P160,317.40 incurred by the said JO workers transportation expenses and wages were found unathorized or excessvie.