GOCC returns DAP funds

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The National Dairy Authority (NDA), a government-owned and controlled-corporation, has returned idle Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds to the national treasury, state auditors said.

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In a 2014 audit report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the NDA, an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA), disbursed and obligated P141.313 million out of the P213.116 million it received from the Bureau of Treasury (BTr).

“The fund was intended for the milk feeding program of 53 legislators and a foundation under the Dairy Enterprise Development Program funded out of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) for FY [fiscal year]2011,” auditors said.

“On March 16, 2015, a total of P71.803 million or 33.7 percent of the total funds received was returned to the BTr in view of the declaration of the Supreme Court that certain acts and practices under the DAP was unconstitutional for violating Section 25 (5), Article VI of the 1987 Constitution and the doctrine of separation of powers,” they said.

The COA also found that an honoraria of P136,759 was given to members of the bids and awards committee (BAC) in the Mindanao Field Office (MFO) for purchases made by direct contracting.

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