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COA slams irregular P852K meals in Angadanan, Isabela

Dec 20, 2016 @ 18:06

The municipality of Angadanan in Isabela spent some P852,636.25 in 2015 for meals and snacks during meetings and regular sessions which state auditors deemed as irregular and unnecessary.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said disbursements amounting to P852,636.25 for meals and snacks during meetings and regular sessions were irregularly incurred and unnecessary.

“Examination of the disbursements of P 852,636.25 incurred by the municipality during the year showed that expenditures for meals and snacks during meetings and regular sessions of the Sangguniang Bayan were irregularly incurred and unnecessary,” the auditors said.

“The disbursements are made thru payments to the store and reimbursements of meal expenses,” the auditors added.

An audit circular defines irregular expenditure as one incurred “without adhering to established rules, regulations, procedural guidelines, policies, principles or practices that have gained recognition in laws,” while unnecessary expenditure is one “which could not pass the test of prudence or the diligence of a good father of a family, thereby denoting non-responsiveness to the exigencies of the service.”

Auditors said this finding was a reiteration of the previous year’s report on the municipality.

The COA urged municipal mayor Lourdes Panganiban to stop the practice of incurring disbursements for meals during meetings and sessions, and charge such expenses to the Representation Allowances only if necessary.

The COA also recommended that meetings or conferences outside the regions be limited only to necessary travels that would not incur extravagant expenses for the government.

The management said such expenses on meals during meetings and sessions have been stopped, except for the representation of the mayor when she has to entertain official visitors of the municipality.

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