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Pampanga mayors coddling to guv Lilia for financial aid without MOA

Jul 28, 2016 @ 15:09

State auditors called out the attention of Pampanga governor Lilia Pineda for giving at least P16 million in financial aid to several mayors and barangay captains without entering into a memorandum of agreement (MOA), a violation of audit rules.

In a 2015 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said local chief executives of various local government units requested from the governor financial assistance which were granted but not covered with a memorandum of agreement or trust agreement.

At least 22 municipalities and barangays were granted aid amounting to P16.7 million for projects such as purchase of furniture and office fixture, construction of bridge, repair of farm to market roads, purchase of service vehicle, paving of concrete solar dryer and installation of water pump.

The grant of financial aid not covered with a MOA is a violation of a COA circular requiring a MOA that would provide for the requirements of the project implementation.

Auditors said the MOA would have guided the recipients to properly liquidate the funds to the provincial capitol.

“Thus, in the absence of a MOA, there is no assurance that both parties, especially the recipient LGUs, are clearly guided in the discharge of their respective responsibilities for the proper implementation of the projects and liquidation of the transferred funds to the source agency,” the auditors reported.

The COA recommended to the provincial legal officer to require a MOA for all fund transfers which would contain the guidelines and procedures in the implementation of projects, including the requirement of submitting liquidation reports.

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