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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

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

COA to ignore audit requests vs candidates during election season

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The Commission on Audit says this is to 'prevent opportunities and circumstances that may impair the independence, neutrality, and professionalism of the Commission, its officers and employees'

POLITICAL NEUTRALITY. The Commission on Audit (COA) will ignore audit requests against candidates in the 2019 elections if the request was sent after the official filed his or her candidacy. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

HOAX: COA 'flags unliquidated funds of Mocha Uson, Alan Peter Cayetano'

Oct 19, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Audit reports do not contain the claim by Facebook page Silent No More PH that Mocha Uson and Alan Peter Cayetano had 'unliquidated funds' before they resigned from PCOO and DFA, respectively

COA clears Davao City in P6.7M minibus purchase

Oct 07, 2018 - 8:47 PM

The Commission on Audit finds no irregularities in the 2012 purchase of a minibus turned into a mobile clinic by the Davao City government

COA to ex-PhilHealth execs: Return P51M in unauthorized perks

Oct 07, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Commission on Audit says contributions of PhilHealth members 'are treated as a trust fund and, thus, should be managed and protected with utmost integrity'

'Even the President cannot disregard COA,' Duterte's anti-corruption body says

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:03 PM

PACC is mandated to investigate only presidential appointees, but Executive Director Eduardo Bringas says they are investigating Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DATA-SHARING. PACC Chairman Dante Jimenez and COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo sign a memorandum of agreement on data sharing between the two agencies. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

COA finds anomalies in Supreme Court’s purchase of P7.9-M computers

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Purchases are made without public bidding, bought from a supplier with a higher price, and done with incomplete documents

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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.

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

Duterte jokes: Push COA auditor in Ilocos Norte down the stairs

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos complains about the Commission on Audit to President Rodrigo Duterte during their meeting on Typhoon Ompong's effects on the province

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the updates on the aftermath of Typhoon 'Ompong' during a situation briefing with the members of his cabinet and local government officials held at the Provincial Capitol in Laoag, Ilocos Norte on September 16, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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'

HOAX: COA 'quotes' on PNR toilet project anomaly

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The blog post invents some quotes which were not in COA's observations on the questioned project

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

HOAX: ‘COA flags Chito Gascon’s 3 P6.7-M China trips’

Aug 17, 2018 - 5:13 PM

COA has not flagged such trips and the said auditor does not exist

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.

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

COA to PhilHealth: Return P164-M illegal perks

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:47 AM

The Commission on Audit reminds PhilHealth that its operating fund is mainly sourced from members' contributions which 'should be managed and protected with utmost integrity'

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

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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.