COA to Iloilo provincial capitol: Return P23. 15M cash perks
Officers and employees of the Iloilo provincial government will have to return some P23.15 million in cash incentives they received in previous years, the Commission on Audit ordered.
In its 2018 annual audit report, the COA deemed such incentives illegal, adding its order to return the amount in previous years has remained unenforced.
The COA said the employees’ failure to return the amount delayed the recovery of public funds, which could have been used for other priority and development projects of the province (https://dailyguardian.com.ph/capitol-execs-employees-ordered-to-return-p23-15-m-illegal-cash-perks/).
COA said its order or decision should be served to each of the employees concerned through personal mail service.
In the case of several payees, the execution of notice should be sent to the accountant, who may inform the employees concerned or deduct the amount from their payroll.
The COA recommended that the governor direct the provincial treasurer to strictly enforce the order of disallowance against the concerned personnel.
It can do this by withholding the total amounts due from their salaries or other compensation unless the concerned personnel filed a request to pay the audit disallowances.
Meanwhile, the COA said the provincial government also failed to implement the auditors’ notice of disallowance to Capitol employees and personnel amounting to P396.26 million and notice of suspension of P6.13 million in previous years.