Council junks reso asking for dialogue on COA findings PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:28

By R.G. Antonet A. Go

The City Council has voted against the conduct of a dialogue with the Commission on Audit (COA) to explain the latter’s adverse findings on some government transactions.

Councilor Joselito Macrohon proposed a dialogue with the COA regarding the 2017 Annual Audit Report.

“Tiene kita findings which caught my attention y lapses na operation del city government,” Macrohon said.

The proposed resolution, however, was junked after administration councilors rallied against the measure.

Nine councilors voted against the conduct of the dialogue.  These are CouncilorsTeodyver Arquiza, Elbert Atilano, Al Jihan Rebollos Edding, Rommel Agan, Juan Climaco Elago, Tungkuh Hanapi, Cesar Jimenez, Josephine Pareja, and Jimmy B. Villaflores.

Seven minority councilors who voted in favor of the dialogue are Councilors MIguel Alavar, Marxander Jaime Cabato, Rodolfo Lim, Lilibeth Nuño-Belloso, Jerry Perez, Cary John Pioc, and Joselito Macrohon, the author.

One of the findings involve the opening of a letter of credit by the Zamboanga local government in favor of a foreign supplier to supply a towing rescue vehicle in the amount of P14.950-millon.  Payment of the letter of credit was reportedly made prior to the actual delivery and acceptance of the equipment.

A total of 115 physically completed infrastructure projects worth P383.6-million undertaken by construction firms were not recorded or reclassified.

The unexpended balances of Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Funds (LDRRMF) do not reconcile due to non recording of reconciling items and revision of the LDRRMF investment plan thereby understating the trust liability DRRM account by P53-million.

Balances of the accounts income from market and operating lease receivable cannot be ascertained due to the unreliability of reports on market stalls and income which is recorded on a cash basis instead of actual basis.

Various expenses totalling P72.5-million which could have been recorded under more appropriate accounts were classified as Other Maintenance and Operating Expenses (OMOE) account thereby understating affected expenses and overstating OMOE account by the said amount.

Other findings by the COA involve reconciling items amounting to P1.493-million deposited in various bank accounts representing general, trust and special education funds which were not recorded in the book of accounts;  various receivable accounts totalling P4.242-million which have long been outstanding and remained past due for more than ten years as of December 2017 thus which are now considered dormant and affecting the fair presentation of the surplus account; the reciprocal account due from other funds and due to other funds for all funds do not reconcile with a discrepancy of P2.3-million as of December 31, 2017 which renders reported balances of the said account unreliable.  (RGAAGo)