State auditors have asked the City of Taguig for “immediate remittance” of unused Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) amounting to almost P40 million.
In a 2013 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the city has P39.588 million in unremitted and unutilized PDAF from Calendar Years (CYs) 2010 to 2013.
Citing the Supreme Court’s declaration of PDAF as unlawful in November last year, COA said, “Pursuant thereto, the unutilized/unused PDAF funds for the period CYs 2010 to 2013 from the legislator proponents of different projects in the amount of ₱39,588,528.41 as of December 31, 2013 as shown in the Subsidiary Ledgers should not be disbursed and [have]to be remitted to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).”
Based on an attachment to the report, the funds were intended as financial assistance for indigent patients of Taguig City Hospital, individuals/families in crisis situations and other extremely difficult circumstances; health care program; construction of a school building in Taguig Elementary School as well as in Signal Village National High School; hospital equipment for the emergency room of Taguig/Pateros District Hospital’ and training for displaced migrant workers, among other purposes.
“We have recommended to management the immediate remittance to the Bureau of the Treasury of the unutilized/unused PDAF in the amount of ₱39,588,528.41 pursuant to the recent Supreme Court en banc decision,” COA said.