I was surfing the net looking for updates on the Glorietta 2 blast when two articles caught my attention because they are both about reports of the Commission on Audit (CoA) on two major government offices. The first one is an audit report on the Office of the President:
This CoA Report stated that the Office of the President:
• Failed to settle cash advances worth P615 million made to officers and employees, local government units and government corporations;
• Granted P269 million in loans out of the President’s Social Fund “without supporting documents and disbursement vouchers;”
• Diverted P8.8 million in donations for calamity areas, including P900,000 to spruce up the Malacanang Golf Course, P3 million for hotel and conference expenses, and P4 million as “donation” to an unnamed foundation;
• “Improperly recorded” P112 million in fund transfers to local government units, government corporations and nongovernmental organizations;
• “Erroneously recorded in the books of the Office of the President” the P48.9 million balance of a trust account under the name “President’s Social Fund-Livelihood Assistance Program” deposited with the Land Bank of the Philippines;
• Failed to reconcile booked and physical inventory office supplies, property, plant and equipment, worth P70 million in all;
• Understated the accumulated depreciation and depreciation expense accounts of property, plant and equipment worth P950 million;
The figures say it all. Imagine higit kalhating bilyong piso ng cash advances hanggang ngayon ay di pa narereport ng Office of the President? Ganito kaya ang kahinatnan ng mga pondong pinapasok nila sa mga envelops at paper bags na pinamimigay kapag may meeting sa Malakanyang ang mga local government officials?
Teka muna… may isa pa… mga donasyon para sa calamity fund para sa mga sinalanta ng kalamidad ginamit sa pagpapa-ayos ng golf course ng Malakanyang? Anong kalokohan ito? Kelan pa naging calamity area ang golf course ng Malakanyang? At P4M dinonate sa isang anonymous na foundation?
Sergio Apostol, chief presidential legal counsel, told GMANews.TV Wednesday night that incurring unliquidated cash advances “is normal” among government agencies.
As normal as Malakanyang giving paper bags of money containing P200-500T ba sir? Nakakairita talagang malaman na normal na pala sa pamahalaan ni Gloria ang mga ganitong mga irregularities sa fund management.
The 2nd news report I stumbled upon is a about another CoA report, this one on the Department of Health: P203M worth of gov’t hospital equipment defective–CoA
Here are some excerpts of the news report filed by Jocelyn Uy ng Inquirer:
- CoA found P196 million worth of x-rays, ventilators, CT scans and other vital diagnostic machines and emergency equipment were just lying unused and “out-of-order.” Auditors noted that some of the machines had never beeen used since they were acquired.
- the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital has the most number of “out-of-order” hospital equipment costing over P40 million.
- a CT scanner worth P29.8 million, a life-saving device for stroke victims, among others, has yet to be installed at the Batangas Regional Hospital since its delivery on Oct. 29, 2006
- Cagayan Valley Medical Center has some P25.5 million worth of equipment lying idle in its storerooms due to the “lack of accessories and untimely repairs
- Amang Rodriguez Hospital has roughly P28 million worth of deficient and unused machines with 44 percent of them labeled “defective”
- The government’s premier Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, located close to the Department of Health, also has about P12.4 million worth of idle or unutilized equipment and P9.22 million worth of defective machines. About P2.6 million worth of equipment there were deemed “not fully utilized.”
Now is it normal to purchase defective equipments? Ang nakakalungkot pa nito ay maliit na nga ang pondo para sa health, ganito pa ang nangyayari sa ibang mga pondo nito – napupunta sa mga depektibo mga equipments at mga gamot na expired na.
These reports cover just 2 government offices and the amounts are already staggering. Imagine what the figures would be for all the government agencies and including the pork barrel funds of the Senators and Congresspersons? When will government and people in government learn to value TAXPAYERS’ money? Well come to think of it, they do value the people’s money, but only in as much as they can squeeze some of it (or after ZTE, MOST of it) to line their pockets and enrich themselves.
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