• Ex-DoF official faces sanction for unauthorized dinner

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    The Department of Finance (DoF) said it will impose a sanction on a former official found to have included her personal expenses in the official costs of a recently held technical workshop for the agency funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

    The Finance department did not identify the person involved but said the official already left the DoF.

    “I have also accepted the resignation of the official,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said in a statement.

    “Based on the contract that was signed between the ADB and EDSA Shangrila Hotel dated July 17, a dinner for 40 persons hosted by the director was inappropriately included,” he explained.

    Dominguez said despite explicit instructions given to the director to conduct the workshop at the Ayuntamiento de Manila in Intramuros without dinner and charged to the department’s regular budget, the official decided on her own without prior clearance to have the event held at the EDSA Shangri-la and funded by an ADB-administered Technical Assistance facility.

    Given this, the Finance chief had instructed the official to immediately return to the ADB-administered technical assistance facility the exact amount corresponding to the cost of the dinner.

    Dominguez assured the public that such behavior will not be tolerated on his watch.

    He also directed DoF officials concerned to “review and tighten the department’s internal procedures to avoid similar incidents in the future.”

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