COA finds P10.14-B unliquidated advances

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The Commission on Audit (CoA) has discovered that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has a whopping P3.214 billion in unliquidated cash advances, the biggest among several government agencies.

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A report submitted by the audit agency showed that most of the unliquidated cash advances of several government agencies in 2013 amounted to P10.136 billion, which was higher by P477.11 million than the unliquidated cash advances of national government agencies in 2012.

COA Commissioner Heidi Mendoza, who submitted copies of the report to the Office of the President, Senate and House of Representatives, explained that the advances mostly “represented expenses on local and foreign travels and for special purpose/time-bound undertakings”.

In its 228-page 2013 Annual Financial Report (Vol. 1-A) released recently, CoA said the Comelec had the biggest “advances to officers and employees” last year amounting to P3.214 billion, or 31.71 percent of the total unliquidated amount.

The Comelec was followed by the Department of Education (DepEd) with P2.237 billion or 22.07 percent and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with P1.1 billion or 10.85 percent.

The Department of National Defense (DND) came next with P685.62 million; the Department of Justice (DOJ) with P617.44 million; the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with P452.55 million; and the Department of Agriculture (DA) with P354.5 million.

Also unable to liquidate were the Office of the President (OP), P340.87 million; other executive offices (OEOs), P297.53 million; and state universities and colleges (SUCs), P160.27 million.

Other departments/offices also had P676.51 million in unliquidated cash advances.

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