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What's the role of the Commission on Audit in protecting taxpayers' money?

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The Commission on Audit ensures that hard-earned taxpayers' money is spent properly. Meticulous auditing has led to exposure of corruption in government.

Ompong, Duterte on Mendoza, Bert and Ernie | Evening wRap

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

Duterte on ex-COA commissioner Mendoza: 'She can't lecture me'

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells former COA commissioner Heidi Mendoza that he is 'ahead of her by a mile' in understanding the 'nitty-gritty' of auditing

Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Delayed projects cost government P230 million in penalty fees in 2017

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:50 PM

On top of the millions in penalties, auditors doubt that the 17 projects will be completed within the loan period

6 times COA reported on key Duterte concerns, advocacies

Sep 18, 2018 - 2:28 PM

President Duterte has vowed to crack down on corruption and unnecessary delays in government projects. The Commission on Audit has released reports on those very issues he wants to fix.

BFAR 'loses' 57 patrol boats acquired from grant, loans

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources squandered patrol boats acquired from a US grant and loans from Spain

'COA deserves respect,' former commissioner tells Duterte

Sep 17, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Not one of the past honorable presidents of our land has called on another institution subject under our authority to defy our rules,' says former COA commissioner Heidi Mendoza

COA flags P10.6-B irregularities in AFP, PNP housing program

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The Commission on Audit hits the National Housing Authority for failing to properly evaluate contractors, which led to the awarding of contracts to companies with limited capacity

COA flags P1.5-B irregularities in Yolanda housing project

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:30 PM

State auditors question the lack of manpower, splitting of contracts, and extension of contacts which lead to the delayed completion of projects under the Yolanda Permanent Housing Program

IN RUINS. Super Typhoon Yolanda caused massive destruction in November 2013. Rappler file photo

COA demands refund of P45M Makati intel funds under Junjun Binay

Sep 10, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Binay and 3 other former city officials are held liable by the auditors

Mayor Junjun Binay during a presscon inside their home in Makati. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Toilet paper problem solved at Senate – COA

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Senate has removed excess items in its inventory, including rolls of toilet paper

COA to Sandiganbayan: Why purchase 10 new SUVs?

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The Commission on Audit flags the purchase in 2017 of the 10 SUVs after finding 10 cars in the court’s inventory listed as 'idle or defective'

Gov’t lost P2.6B in Caraga mining royalties from 2012-2016

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:42 PM

The Commission on Audit recommends crafting a law that would impose royalties on mining companies that operate outside of Mineral Reservation Areas or MRAs

MINING ROYALTIES. The Commission on Audit says the government should have charged royalties from mining companies that operated outside of Mineral Reservation Areas.

COA hits Tesda for giving P15M to ghost scholars

Aug 21, 2018 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) State auditors say the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority failed to verify the identities of 580 scholars supposedly enrolled at the AMA Computer College’s Manila campus and the Technivoc Institute Corporation

Scholars who didn't take science courses owe P6.8M to PSHS

Aug 21, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The COA report says the students come from the Philippine Science High School campuses in Western Visayas and Cordillera Administrative Region

MONEY OWED. The COA says students from the Philippine Science High School who did not take science and technology courses in college owe the school some P6.8 million. Photo from Philippine Science High School

Not enough facilities for recyclable waste built in 2017 – COA

Aug 19, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Environmental Management Bureau only constructed 68 out of 225 materials recovery facilities

COA: PEZA, 3 other economic zones must pay back P664 million in illegal perks

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:41 PM

COA says only the Department of Budget and Management 'has the mandate to classify positions, determine the appropriate salaries for specific positions, and review the compensation benefits or programs of agencies'

DepEd to investigate COA findings on undistributed books

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:16 PM

The Department of Education says it will look into possible legal action regarding the 820,682 grade school learning materials found damaged inside the warehouse of private contractor Lexicon Press, Inc.

Cost of federalism, Sara Duterte, Trump on Harley-Davidson | Evening wRap

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:55 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

COA hits DepEd as textbooks worth millions go to waste

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:55 PM

The Commission on Audit finds grade school books damaged by water and other textbooks left undistributed

COA flags bidding of DOH Barangay Health Stations project

Aug 09, 2018 - 6:40 PM

State auditors cast doubt on the validity of the DOH's P8.1 billion project as it failed it comply with government procurement laws

QUESTIONABLE. State auditors question the bidding process of the Department of Health's Barangay Health Station project. Photo from COA report

NFA's diversion of funds to loans caused rice shortage – COA

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:47 PM

For state auditors, the NFA could actually do away with imports if it just uses the funds to boost and buy local rice

Newly imported NFA rice is back at the Kamuning Public Market in Quezon City on June 26, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

COA hits delays in P12-billion irrigation projects

Jul 29, 2018 - 7:05 PM

State auditors blame 'inadequate planning' and 'inefficient' performance for the non-completion of 436 irrigation projects in 2017

COA finds Montano’s P12M contracts questionable

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:22 PM

Montano approves the contracts for Intramuros and a music festival without a go-signal from the board, and in one instance, he disregards approval of the winning bidder and negotiates directly with the losing bidder instead

QUESTIONABLE CONTRACTS. Cesar Montano's contracts with performers and music festival organizers in 2017 are flagged by auditors for violating procurement and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) rules. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


Cesar Montano's travels excessive – COA

Jul 26, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Auditors say it was costly and unnecessary for Montano to bring along his two assistants in most of his trips. Non-related personnel also got to travel to tourism events.

EXCESSIVE TRAVELS. The Commission on Audit (COA) flags as excessive the travels of resigned Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano. Photo from Cesar Montano - TPB page

COA hits 'out of cash' Landbank ATMs

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:25 PM

In its 2017 audit report, the Commission on Audit documents at least 268 Landbank automated teller machines 'continuously out of cash'

COA says children's council paid P1 million to dzMM reporter

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Radio dzMM vows to investigate the issue, saying it 'takes allegations of unethical practices by any member of our news organization seriously'

FLAGGED PAYMENT. The Commission on Audit flags the irregularity of the Council for the Welfare of Children or CWC's P1.05 payment to a radio reporter for the coverage of the national children's month.

COA slams DOF over unused funds, unauthorized honoraria

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The Commission on Audit (COA) recommends that the Department of Finance come up with a 'more realistic budget proposal'

PCOO expenses up by 700%: Spending increased in travels, rentals, internet

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The PCOO spends P1.3 billion in operating expenses in 2017, compared to P157 million the year before. The increases are mainly in rental and leasing, and travels of PCOO officials for ASEAN events and presidential activities.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar discusses about the country’s chairmanship of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Freedom of Information (FOI) and Media Security during the FOI Roadshow at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/Presdiential Photo

COA flags anomalies in PCOO procurement for ASEAN events

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:15 AM

The PCOO awards ASEAN contracts to suppliers that went beyond the allocated budget and wastes P2.5 million by not awarding contracts to the lowest bidders, says the COA in its audit report

The Int’l Media Center for the ASEAN 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PAGCOR lenient to offshore operators, but stringent in govt remittance

Jul 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

PAGCOR’s tolerance of offshore gaming operators who do not pay on time contrasts with how strict it is in limiting the amount it remits for the country’s sports programs and other national projects

INCOME SHARE. PAGCOR remits income share to the national government and Philippine Sports Commission based only on its income from gaming operations, contrary to the position of the Commission on Audit. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

COA flags P345-M PAGCOR allowances, bonuses

Jul 18, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Among the findings of the Commission on Audit in its 2017 report on the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation is that top PAGCOR officials received transportation allowances on top of car plans

CAR ALLOWANCE. PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo gets a transportation allowance on top of a car plan, says the Commission on Audit. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

COA: China firm owes PH gov't P1.3B in damages over train contract

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The liquidated damages, however, exceed the 10% limit of the P3.76-billion contract under the law. The Commission on Audit says the DOTr should consider revoking its contract with Dalian.

AUDIT. Transportation officials and international partners witness the completion of the weight-testing of Dalian trains in MRT Depot, Quezon City on April 19, 2018 during the audit. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

More fun? Inefficiencies in Teo’s DOT term raise audit red flags

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The 2017 audit report of the Department of Tourism (DOT) is rife with delayed projects, deficient planning and multi-million projects that went unmonitored and cannot be measured for their worth

AUDIT RED FLAGS. Commission on Audit (COA) reveals multiple deficiencies and inefficiencies in how the Department of Tourism spent P2 billion of its budget in 2017 under the leadership of former secretary Wanda Teo.

COA sees graft: How Ben Tulfo earned from P120-million PTV-DOT deal

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Ben Tulfo’s Bitag Media gets 75% of the cut or P89.878 million in airing cost for tourism segments, while documents show Bitag is also entitled to production cost

BIG CUT. Ben Tulfo's Bitag Media gets 75% of the cut of the total airing cost of tourism segments paid by Department of Tourism to People's Television Network.

COA flags P19 million travel allowances of DOT officials

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:58 AM

(UPDATED) The department spent P19.2 million on travel allowances alone in 2017, including P863,961 for resigned secretary Wanda Teo

TRAVEL ALLOWANCES. Department of Tourism officials including resigned secretary Wanda Teo, and current Undersecretaries Kat De Castro and Benito Bengzon receive hundreds of thousands worth of allowances for their foreign travels in 2017, according to the Commission on Audit.

Lopsided contract? COA pressures DOTr to justify P65 billion LRT-1 deal

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The Commission on Audit demands the documents from the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), which passes the buck to the Department of Transportation (DOTr)

LRT1. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade leada the groundbreaking ceremony of the LRT1 Cavite Extension on May 4, 2017. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

COA flags procurement lapses in LRT-1 Cavite extension housing segment

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:37 PM

The P397-million housing project for informal settlers who will be affected by the LRT-1 Cavite Extension project was awarded without first conducting a feasibility study, says the Commission on Audit

CAVITE EXTENSION. The LRT-1 Cavite Extension project is a P64.9 billion deal for private firm Light Rail Manila Corporation. Photo from the PPP Center

COA demands transparency in PDEA's intel operations

Jul 10, 2018 - 11:26 AM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency paid P32.5 million for motorycle rentals for surveillance operations in 2017, but the Commission on Audit wants proper documentation on how the vehicles were used

Policemen from the Manila Police District, BJMP and PDEA conduct a massive Greyhound operations (Oplan Galugad) at the Manila City Jail on June 20, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

P95 million scholarship funds for kin of killed, injured cops unused – COA

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The amount is an accumulation of what the National Police Commission has failed to use for eligible scholars in the families of policemen who died or became incapacitated

MILLIONS UNUSED. The COA flags P95.2 million worth of scholarship funds intended for kin of cops killed and incapacitated from missions. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

After losing workers due to pay cut, BI now has to answer for profit loss

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Bureau of Immigration has to answer for P869 million in lost profit for not collecting express lane fees in 2017 – a big inter-agency problem that caused resignations within the bureau last year

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Auditors flag CHR seminars at hotels, unliquidated cash advances

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Human Rights spends P5.4 million in 2017 for trainings and seminars at hotels where participants were also billeted

CHR EXPENSES. The Commission on Audit flags the Commission on Human Rights for unliquidated cash advances and millions paid for trainings inside hotels.

Build, Build, Build: P73 billion worth of DPWH projects delayed

Jul 09, 2018 - 2:50 PM

DPWH spends only a 3rd of its budget, and ends up paying banks P27 million as a result of its failure to utilize approved loans

DPWH PROJECTS. Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar (3rd-right) together with Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade (rightmost) lead of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10. File photo by DARREN LANGIT

Zero performance? COA flags DILG's anti-criminality projects

Jul 08, 2018 - 9:40 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Department of the Interior and Local Government failed to submit accomplishment reports for its Masa Masid project despite using its full budget

COA questions DILG's last-minute P99-million fund transfer

Jul 08, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The Commission on Audit expresses concern that the Department of the Interior and Local Government may have intended to avoid returning unspent funds to the national treasury

School buildings costing P326 million 'incomplete, defective' – COA

Jul 08, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Commission on Audit says some school buildings in Metro Manila, Ilocos, and Cebu cannot be used due to issues with utilities, structural defects, and non-turnover of buildings

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Lacson seeks more scrutiny of surge in Duterte's intel funds

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says Congress can decrease the Office of the President's confidential and intelligence funds for 2019 if the increase is not justified

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate probe sought into PNP's P1.89-B Mahindra purchase

Jul 06, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Senator Grace Poe, who called for the probe, says former interior secretary Mar Roxas will be invited to the hearing

COA flags the PNP's purchase of 2,054 Mahindra vehicles in 2015. The PNP completely blames the DBM despite taking an active role in the procurement

Doubtful deliveries, fabricated documents in Ilocos Norte projects – COA

Jul 04, 2018 - 12:49 PM

(UPDATED) The 2017 audit report of Ilocos Norte is peppered with questionable transactions according to the Commission on Audit

AUDIT REPORT. The 2017 audit report of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Government is peppered with irregularities.

Inmates survive by joining gangs as jails now 612% congested

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The Commission on Audit, in its report on the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, says inmates 'hold on to gangs' for protection, social support, and access to 'material benefits'

Policemen from the Manila Police District, BJMP and PDEA conduct a massive Greyhound operations (Oplan Galugad) at the Manila City Jail on June 20, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler