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COA flags missing docs for Marawi cooperatives' P64-million seed capital

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'The non-submission of the necessary documentation cast doubt on the propriety and validity of the transactions,' says the Commission on Audit

COA calls out Coast Guard for billions worth of messy finances

Jul 18, 2019 - 12:33 PM

The Commission on Audit also flags the agency for excessive and unliquidated cash advances in 2018

Corruption Red Flags: Excesses in government spending

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 2 tackles excesses in spending, travels and ghosts of the pork scam.

Vico Sotto orders inventory of supplies amid missing P1.4B

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Pasig City government is 'now conducting a physical count of supplies and materials,' says Mayor Vico Sotto

New Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto takes his oath of office at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday, June 30, in the presence of his celebrity parents Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Corruption Red Flags: Fake transactions, doubtful accounts in government spending

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 1 is all about the fake and the doubtful.

San Juan City fails to impose P736M in taxes on businesses

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The Commission on Audit says the city treasurer's office under-collects from 8 big corporate taxpayers

COA flags Pasig City for excessive supplies worth P775 million

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:05 PM

'The excessive procurement of supplies and materials resulted in the slow/non-moving inventory items that may eventually go to waste,' says the Commission on Audit

Erap leaves Manila in debt by P4.4 billion – COA

Jul 08, 2019 - 8:41 PM

State auditors also say the Manila city government under former mayor Joseph Estrada didn't have enough cash because it borrowed funds from unimplemented projects and development fund savings

IN DEBT. State auditors find Manila City lack sufficient cash to pay off its debt amounting to some P4.39 billion. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

State houses meant for low-ranked cops, soldiers went to top brass – COA

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Over 1,400 high-ranking uniformed personnel take two housing units each. NHA tells COA this was upon the orders of the President.

HOUSING PROJECT. This housing project site in Pandi, Bulacan, is among the sites intended for the housing project of soldiers and cops, but which were occupied and eventually awarded to members of urban poor group Kadamay. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Malacañang fails to liquidate P10M of federalism fund

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:41 PM

State auditors flag the Presidential Communications Operations Office for unliquidated funds, and the legislative liaison office for overspending on hiring of consultants

Customs declaration of properties way off mark by P9.63B, say state auditors

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Customs lists properties and equipment worth P9.887 billion, but the physical count turns up only P208.06 million worth – a discrepancy of P9.63 billion

COA calls out Customs for 'illegal' release of cargoes

Jul 02, 2019 - 12:10 PM

At the Port of Manila, 105 containers worth P69.68 million 'were illegally released without proper authorization,' depriving the government of additional revenues, COA says in its 2018 audit report on the Bureau of Customs

CUSTOMS. State auditors flag the Bureau of Customs for unauthorized release of cargoes and for overstaying containers.

COA: Wounded Marawi soldiers received crumbs from P274-million aid

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Commission on Audit says there were 'no clear guidelines' that served as basis for the distribution of cash assistance to wounded soldiers

RUINS. Marawi, as photographed in May 2019, has yet to recover from the destruction brought about by the terrorist siege two years earlier. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Office of the President spent over P1B on salaries, benefits in 2018 – COA

Jun 30, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The Commission on Audit attributes the higher spending on salaries and perks to the implementation of the 4th tranche of the Salary Standardization Law

COA asks Cavite gov't to explain P4.95 million paid to consultants

Jun 23, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Cavite provincial government has replied to auditors, who want justification that consultants' scope of work are beyond the in-house capability of the province

COA calls out DOJ for 'huge' travel spending

Jun 20, 2019 - 4:02 PM

'There were 23 types of meetings/fora/dialogues wherein two to 5 participants were sent by DOJ to attend, resulting in huge amounts of traveling expenses being spent by DOJ totaling ₱5,550,149.44,' the Commission on Audit says

Pag-IBIG 'illegally' increased salaries in 2018 by P248 million – COA

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Auditors want a refund of the excess salaries

P22 million worth of travels of PDEA officials lack documents – COA

Jun 13, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Another P51.8 million worth of disbursement vouchers have no receipts

Robredo's Angat Buhay program flagged for poor planning, lack of docs

Jun 12, 2019 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Vice President's lack of a 'clear-cut procedure' in choosing local beneficiaries 'defeats the purpose' of its Angat Buhay program, says the Commission on Audit

ANGAT BUHAY. A file photo of Vice President Leni Robredo  at an Angat Buhay Program project in Romblon on April 12, 2019, where the Office of the Vice President (OVP) gave kitchen tools and equipment to the Santa Maria National High School for senior high Home Economics. Photo by Arnold Almacen/Office of the Vice President

COA wants Napolcom to stop paying personnel dietary benefits

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:07 PM

It turns out that there are 6 other types of allowances worth P51.22 million that COA had recommended be stopped in recent years, but Napolcom did not comply

Robredo: Wrong to use Marawi rehab funds for Hajj

Jun 09, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says that while Hajj is a pillar of Islam, the government must be strict about using funds only for what they were authorized for

a Maranao woman walks passed by tents at the Sarimanok Tent City in Marawi City on the eve of Eid'l Fitr, June 4,2019. (bobby lagsa/Rappler)

Drilon calls for special audit of PhilHealth funds

Jun 08, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon also says the Senate minority bloc will file a resolution seeking an investigation into the alleged payment of PhilHealth funds for 'ghost' kidney treatments

SENATE MINORITY LEADER. Senate Minority Leader Senator Franklin Drilon wants an investigation into the alleged anomalies in PhilHealth. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lung Center flagged for millions in unremitted benefits for patients

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:54 PM

P22.6 million of the amount comes from Philhealth which should have been refunded to patients who are also members

Photo of the Lung Center from the Lung Center of the Philippines Facebook Page

Duterte to COA: Don't seek refund of Marawi rehab money spent on Hajj

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims the P5 million used for Hajj was well-spent because Marawi City evacuees would prefer making the pilgrimage over receiving government housing

Marawi siege marks 2nd year. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Over 5,700 dead soldiers still got pension in 2018 – COA

Jun 06, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Commission on Audit wants to hold officials liable for the payment of more than P70 million to pensioners who were already dead

COA orders National Youth Commission officials, employees to refund excess pay

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Audit flags unauthorized extra pay and excessive reimbursements

Donations to Marawi evacuees: Only P10,000 released in 2018 – COA

May 30, 2019 - 8:23 PM

State auditors also find that most of the P135.39 million cash donations for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, which happened in 2013, remain with the OCD

RUINS. Marawi, as photographed in May 2019, has yet to recover from the destruction brought about by the terrorist siege two years earlier. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

COA: P49-M fund remains idle under National Anti-Poverty Commission

May 26, 2019 - 7:50 PM

State auditors urge the National Anti-Poverty Commission and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation to extend the validity of their original agreement to properly use the funding

OVP gets highest COA rating in 2018 audit

May 25, 2019 - 11:51 PM

The Commission on Audit's sterling opinion of the 2018 financial report of the Office of the Vice President is an improvement from previous years when the state auditors flagged some of its expenses

VP ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during a youth forum in January 2017. File photo by OVP

COA raises red flags over P1.3-M OSG training, seminars in 'expensive' venues

May 21, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Office of the Solicitor General did not present attendance sheets nor complete supporting documents for the fees paid to the trainers and lecturers in 2018

Auditors flag P7-M worth of OSG travels

May 21, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Apart from flagged airplane tickets, state auditors also find violations in the purchase of office supplies

COA questions two Tarlac disaster projects

May 08, 2019 - 5:19 PM

COA's annual audit report finds red flags in the purchase of trauma and first aid kits, and the construction of below-standard buildings

SC: Release P747-M retirement perks of ex-DBP employees

May 05, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Supreme Court grants a petition questioning the Commission on Audit's notice of disallowance on the Development Bank of the Philippines' retirement program

Image from Wikicommons

PICC firm owes government P150 million, say state auditors

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:09 PM

This is equivalent to 50% of its net earnings in 2017, worth around P300 million

Former Baguio mayor, 16 execs liable for P63M in illegal perks – COA

Mar 10, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Ex-Baguio City mayor Reinaldo Bautista and 16 others are found liable for the unauthorized release of funds classified as cost of living allowance

CONCESSION ROAD. Tourists and residents flock Baguio City's Session Road to appreciate local crafts and products being sold during a trade fair on March 8, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

COA wants probe into DepEd Western Visayas' P68-M supplies purchase

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Book Craft Publishing says it has yet to receive payment for educational supplies delivered to divisions of the Department of Education's Western Visayas office in 2005

COA: 'Dire necessity' not an excuse for unauthorized cash perks

Feb 03, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The Commission on Audit maintains that National Food Authority personnel in Cagayan Valley must return P2.3 million in food and grocery incentives given in 2012

LIST: Who are Senate top spenders in 2017?

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:25 AM

Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel III has the highest spending in 2017, including P3.9 million for foreign travels. But he says it comes with the position.

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COA raises alarm over BFP's failed modernization program

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

State auditors doubt the Bureau of Fire Protection can meet its targets by 2020

MISSED TARGETS. The Commission on Audit finds that the Bureau of Fire Protection sorely missed its targets for its 8-year-old modernization program.

COA questions DSWD's P1.85-B disaster response spending in 2017

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:05 PM

The Commission on Audit questions the delay in the distribution of funds to disaster victims, as well as the lack of proper monitoring of similar funds

Duterte jokes: Let's kidnap, torture COA personnel

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:16 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte rails against the Commission on Audit anew, claiming the agency makes life hard for local officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his message during the birthday celebration of former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Atty. Francis Tolentino held at the Tagaytay International Convention Center in Tagaytay City, Cavite on January 3, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

COA wants Nat'l Printing Office to refund P139M in illegal printer rentals

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:50 AM

It involves lease agreements which reportedly caused resignations in 2016. NPO Director Francisco Vales Jr is held liable for the disallowance.

DISALLOWANCE. The National Printing Office is issued a notice of disallowance for P139 million worth of printer rentals. Photo from the NPO website

COA to Guiguinto ex-officials: Pay back P747k spent on iPads

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The purchase of high-end gadgets amounts to 'unnecessary expenditures' especially since the LGU already went beyond its 2012 budget by P50.85 million

Government contractuals get 2-year job extension

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Starting January 1, 2019, the salaries of contract of service and job order workers will be equivalent to what others in comparable positions in government are getting, says the DBM

OPPORTUNITIES. Contractual workers who are qualified will also be considered for appointment to regular positions in government agencies, the budget department announced on November 12, 2018. File photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

COA to Tacloban LGU: refund P36M of pre-Yolanda drainage project | Midday wRap

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:50 PM

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Tacloban asked to refund P36M over unfinished pre-Yolanda drainage project

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:37 AM

The Notice of Disallowance is on appeal, says current Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales

The Commission on Audit (COA) in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on October 2, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA on license plates deal: Probe Abaya, 9 others

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:42 PM

COA says former transport secretary Abaya need not return money related to the license plates deal but he and other officials should be investigated by the Ombudsman

Richest LGU Makati breaches P100-B mark in assets

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Makati dislodges Quezon City as the richest local government unit in 2017, based on the Commission on Audit's Annual Financial Report on LGUs

Big chunk of 2017 intel funds spent by only 3 institutions – COA

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:25 PM

These 3 institutions are the Office of the President, the Department of National Defense, and Congress

COA to MWSS: Give separation pay to laid-off employees

Oct 21, 2018 - 7:27 PM

The Commission on Audit says each former employee must present adequate proof that he or she is qualified for the separation package