The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) had the highest amount of unlawful allowances among 23 government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs), a Commission on Audit (COA) report showed.
COA ordered officials and employees of the 23 GOCCs to return P815.422 million paid to them in 2013, mostly allowances, benefits and incentives.
According to COA’s 456-page 2013 Annual Financial Report released on October 20, LWUA granted P436.183 million illegal allowances.
“Personnel allowances, benefits, bonuses, incentives [were]granted or paid without legal basis,” it said.
The other GOCCs that released illegal allowances include Duty Free Philippines Corp., P141.272 million; Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-Ibig Fund), P130.375 million; National Housing Authority, P48.708 million; Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration, P14.36 million; Development Bank of the Philippines, P11.713 million; Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, P9.921 million; National Transmission Corp. (TransCo), P5.739 million; National Power Corp., P4.704 million and; Light Rail Transit Authority, P2.905 million.
Likewise included in the report were DBP Management Corp., DBP Data Center Inc. (DCI), Intercontinental Broadcasting Corp. (IBC), Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC), Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC), Philippine Mining Development Corp. (PMDC), Philippine National Oil Company – Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC), and PNOC Renewables Corp., Philippine Postal Savings Bank Inc. (PPSBI), Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), Power Sector Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM), Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PTAHC), and Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP).
State auditors told officials and personnel of these GOCCs to “refund the amount disbursed for allowances, benefits or incentives without legal basis.”