COA Report by the numbers: Dubious NGOs

Carmela Fonbuena
Here are some relevant COA data related to NGOs and pork barrel

MANILA, Philippines – Dubious non-government organizations have gotten huge funds at the behest of lawmakers and misused them. The Commission on Audit (COA) got proof of this in the special audit it conducted for the years 2007-2009.  Below are interesting numbers involving the NGOs:

P6.156-B

released to 82 NGOs implementing a total of 772 projects. All the NGOs were found to have questionable backgrounds and activities.

P2.157-B

released to 10 NGOs that are “presently linked” to alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles

P585-M

the biggest allocation to an NGO is the Social Development Program for Farmer’s Foundation Inc. It is linked to Napoles. One of its incorporators is pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.

 

P99-M

allocated by former Quezon City Rep Matias Defensor to a foundation named after his father, the Matias Defensor Sr Foundation. He is one of 6 lawmakers who allocated a total of P189-M to 6 NGOs they or their relatives control. The other lawmakers are:

  • Sen Edgardo Angara
  • Manila Rep Amado Bagatsing
  • Bulacan Rep Ma Victoria-Sy Alvarado
  • Malabon/Navotas Rep Federico Sandoval II
  • Isabela Rep Anthony Miranda

almost 100%

percentage of lawmakers identifying the NGOs that will implement their soft projects, according to COA chair Grace Tan

231

number of suppliers with transactions totalling P690-M but whose addresses cannot be located

22

lawmakers who say their signatures on documents submitted by NGOs were forged. This includes then Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who said he authorized his chief of staff to sign on his behalf.

P161.5-M

funding for 54 projects built on private properties in Parañaque, Marikina, Las Piñas, and Quezon City.