Commission on Audit

COA questions Boy Scouts’ P39-M disbursement

COA questions Boy Scouts’ P39-M disbursement
State auditors find the transactions made by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines either lacked proper documents or approval, or were used on private expenses

The Commission on Audit (COA) flagged disbursements made by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in 2020 amounting to P39.025 million for either having inadequate documents, lacking proper approval, or being inappropriately used.

In its audit report, the commission found that local councils in the cities of Mandaluyong, Makati, Manila, Metro Manila South, and councils in Mayon-Albay and Sorsogon used funds to buy fuel for vehicles not registered for official use.

Five local councils were also questioned for disbursing funds for unofficial business.

“Donation, expenditures that are personal in nature, and financial assistance granted to private institutions and individuals were charged to the funds of Manila, Quezon City, Baguio City, Mountain Province, and Sorsogon LCs,” COA said.

The report stated the commission found that the P39.025 million was released to the following local councils:

  • Quezon City – P19.88 million
  • Makati City – P4.97 million
  • Antique – P856,335
  • Camarines Sur – P825,489
  • Parañaque City – P815,680
  • Mountain Province – P642,020
  • Aklan – P622,312
  • Sorsogon – P429,000
  • Ligao City – P126,000
  • Ifugao – P4,089 

The COA warned that releasing funds without proper or complete documentation or without legal basis can lead to issuance of notices of suspension or disallowance, as these are in violation of provisions under Presidential Decree No. 1445 or the Government Auditing Code of the Philippines.

A notice of suspension means that full documentation of the transaction is required to be submitted. A notice of disallowance orders officials found liable for these transactions to give back the total amount disallowed by COA.  

The management of all 16 councils, meanwhile, assured the commission that they will cease releasing funds without the backing of proper documents.

They will also ensure that all utilization of funding will only be for the benefit of the council, and not for private expenses. – Rappler.com

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