THE Commission on Audit (COA) has ordered the city governments of Manila and Quezon to return to the national treasury what was left of funds given to them through the outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), respectively.
As a result, Manila will have to return P11.6 million while Quezon City has to turn over P142.805 million.
COA noted that Manila received P13 million in DAP funds for 2013 but as of December 31 of that year, P11.6 million remained unutilized.
Manila received P8 million on March 21, 2013, covered by special allotment release order (SARO) No. G-13-00709 for poor residents in Districts 1, 3, 4 and 5. On March 26, 2013, the city received P3 million for the purchase of furniture and fixtures for six elementary schools and 14 high schools in District 2.
On the same date, it also received P2 million for the purchase of three patrol vehicles for peace and security of barangay (villages) 151, 162 and 183.
In the case of Quezon City, COA instructed the city auditors to submit required documents/written explanations on the deficiencies it noted in its post-audit of the vouchers on the city’s use of funds and transfer to non-government organizations/people’s organizations (NGOs/POs) and liquidation of PDAF.
It said the city was just a conduit of the PDAF of several lawmakers who transferred P19.050 million to several government agencies.
Among them were Rep. Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers, whose P4.250 million was transferred to Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino in 2011, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, whose P5 million was moved to Victoriano Luna General Hospital in 2012.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. transferred to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in 2013 P1 million, to the Philippine Red Cross-QC Chapter in 2012, P5 million, and to the Novaliches District Hospital in 2012, P500,000.
Meanwhile, P3 million from Quezon City Rep. Jorge Banal was transferred to the Quirino Memorial Medical Center and P300,000 to East Avenue Medical Center, both in 2013.