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COA tells Angeles water district to cut supply as uncollected bills hit P75M

May 31, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Among the customers that failed to pay are the city government, the city engineer's office, the city's hall of justice, and at least 23 public primary and secondary schools

COA to Digos City LGU: Penalize contractor for project delays

May 24, 2020 - 9:25 PM

A Commission on Audit report shows that the contractor of a P12.26-million public market building requested for an extension 5 times

Davao City has over 5,000 unused trash bins – COA

May 14, 2020 - 11:18 AM

Thousands of garbage bins have been stockpiled in the City Environment and Natural Resources Office motor pool compound since they were purchased in 2016, says a Commission on Audit report

COA. The Commission on Audit office along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA questions Davao Oriental's P37-million cash donations

May 10, 2020 - 8:20 PM

The Commission on Audit says there were no documents showing that the recipients of cash donations from the Davao Oriental provincial government were eligible

COA orders Leyte town to stop excessive hiring of contractual workers

May 03, 2020 - 10:10 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Carigara municipal government in Leyte spent P8.79 million 'more than the amount appropriated for wages' of contractual and job order personnel

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

COA suspends salary deductions for gov't employees facing disallowance

May 03, 2020 - 9:11 PM

The Commission on Audit says the suspension seeks to 'alleviate the burden of concerned officials and employees'

COA temporarily relaxes rules on donations during coronavirus pandemic

Apr 26, 2020 - 9:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says it aims to help the government in its efforts to provide basic necessities to Filipinos

Volunteers repack goods in Quezon City on April 6, 2020, amid Luzon enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19. Coronavirus might be acquired from relief goods health experts said. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EXPLAINER] State auditors have bad news for COVID-19 ‘epal’

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Officials who plaster their names and pictures on government-funded relief goods and materials will be obliged by COA to pay back

Sacked guards get over half of Makati City’s P24.9-M payment to security agency

Apr 21, 2020 - 2:37 PM

The Commission on Audit affirms its decision ordering Makati City to pay P24.9 million to Triforce Services Incorporated

COA flags irregularities in Leyte town's hiring of job order employees

Apr 19, 2020 - 7:05 PM

The Commission on Audit says the local government of Hilongos hired job order employees 'without determining its manpower needs'

COA flags Leyte town for hiring too many job order employees

Apr 14, 2020 - 10:28 AM

The Commission on Audit says the municipal government of Julita, Leyte, 'must be circumspect in the hiring of job order personnel'

DISALLOWANCE. The Commission on Audit (COA) is hearing an appeal of a P36 million disallowance against the Tacloban City local government. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA disallows P44-million Batangas State University land deal

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:30 AM

The Commission on Audit says the land acquisition deal was grossly overpriced

COA affirms disallowance of P4.54-M benefits for Tidcorp board's ex-officio members

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:03 AM

COA says Monetary Board member Peter Favila and former MB member Armando Suratos are not entitled to the allowances and benefits they got from 2005 to 2010 as ex-officio members of the Trade and Investment Development Corporation of the Philippines

Government doctor gets P6,400 cash bonus 8 years after appraisal

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:16 PM

Dr. Ma. Theresa G. Vera finally gets her due after a petition process to receive her performance bonus

COA clears past intel spending of Valenzuela, Pasay

Mar 08, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The Commission on Audit lifts the notices of disallowance against Valenzuela City over intel funds spent in 2007 and 2008, and against Pasay City over intel funds spent in 2012

COA to DSWD: Pay Landbank's P82.72 million in unpaid 4Ps service fees

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:31 PM

COA adjusts the payout figure to Landbank to a lower amount compared to the original claim of P87.05 million and the amended claim of P92.27 million

COA tells Makati City gov't to pay balance of Hilmarc's 2013 contract

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:09 PM

The Commission on Audit tells the Makati City government to pay the P53.2 million balance for Hilmarc's work on the air conditioning system of the second building of the city hall

COA rejects PrimeWater's P24-million claim vs Nueva Ecija water district

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:05 PM

State auditors say Villar-owned PrimeWater Infrastructure Corporation failed to show proper documentation proving that the Jaen Water District owes millions of pesos

DICT's unspent P300-M budget for projects went to intel fund

Feb 03, 2020 - 10:19 PM

Undersecretary Eliseo Rio resigns over the issue of confidential and intelligence funds

INTEL FUNDS. DICT Secretary Gringo Honasan has P400 million worth of confidential and intelligence funds to his disposal. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COA allows DOST to write off P23-M loan to Pinatubo victims

Jan 30, 2020 - 12:25 PM

The Commission on Audit says based on the validation of the loan program, the beneficiaries are either dead, have no capacity to pay, or can no longer be located

WASTELAND. A US jeep patrols inside the housing area in US Clark Air Base, devastated by eruptions of Mount Pinatubo volcano on June 22, 1991. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

P2.85B shows for ‘minimal improvement’ in dairy program

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Still, state auditors recommend that the program be continued to help meet the demand for locally-produced milk in the implementation of the National Feeding Program

COA affirms Antique governor liable for improper release of P2.95M

Jan 26, 2020 - 8:31 PM

The Commission on Audit maintains that P2.95 million should not have been given to fund barangay captains' insurance premiums in 2008, since there are already existing benefits similar to that

MMDA pays contractor P7M based on fake COA document

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:22 AM

Emerson Carlos, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair, along with two other MMDA officials, faces an investigation with regards to a payment for steel pedestrian bridges

COA orders 5 SEC officials to refund P92 million in illegal pay hikes

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:00 AM

State auditors exempt from liabilities other SEC executives and employees, who were passive recipients of the salary increase

COA rejects ex-PNP chief Razon's motion in procurement case

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The Commission on Audit says former Philippine National Police chief Avelino Razon Jr's participation in the transactions in 2007 was 'not ministerial'

COA disallows P6 million in benefits to Southern Leyte State University workers

Dec 18, 2019 - 7:02 PM

The Commission on Audit affirms a notice of disallowance of P6.22 million in benefits to officials and employees of Southern Leyte State University as the source of funding violates some laws and regulations for such cash releases

Instead of bidding, COA chief wants shopping portal for common supplies

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:19 AM

'The focus has really been more on accountability. But has this greater focus on accountability achieved its purpose?' says audit chairman Michael Aguinaldo

PROCUREMENT. COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo proposes using the system of the government fares agreement to the procurement of common use supplies. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano seeks COA special audit of SEA Games 2019

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Speaker and SEA Games organizing committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano maintains there's no conflict of interest in his dual roles

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano defends being both Phisgoc chair and leader of the House of Representatives at the same time. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pangasinan State University officials face probe for not posting bid award notices

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The Commission on Audit recommends that the Ombudsman investigate school officials for not complying with the law when they purchased office supplies worth P2.144 million

COA finds gov't on losing end of DENR property sale

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' sale of property at Eastwood 'favored the buyer' and caused a P31-million loss to the government

After 3-year wait, public school teacher gets salary, bonuses for final year of service

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:52 AM

The Commission on Audit orders the Department of Education to pay retired public school teacher Nelita Gador her full 2016 salary amounting to P288,511, plus cash benefits she was supposed to get that year

Makati still Philippines' richest local government unit

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Makati City reports total assets of P230.833 billion in 2018 – an increase of P34.26 billion from 2017 largely due to the value of road networks in 6 barangays

Milked dry? COA calls for probe into Nabcor's P100-million dairy goat project

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Commission on Audit says the goals of the 2009 Dairy Goat Development Project 'were not fully realized' due to anomalies

Image of goats from Shutterstock

COA recommends filing charges vs Mandaue City over reclamation project

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:02 PM

State auditors find out that the 35,821 square meter reclaimed land was sold for only P1.8 million or about P50 per square meter

RECLAMATION. The Commission on Audit flags a reclamation project near the Mactan Bridge in Mandaue City. Photo from Wiki

Senate panel OKs COA, Ombudsman proposed 2020 budgets

Sep 18, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Senator Imee Marcos says the 32% budget cut in the proposed 2020 budget of the Office of the Ombudsman is 'alarming'

BUDGET. Ombudsman Samuel Martires answers questions from the panel at the Senate hearing of the proposed 2020 budget of the Office of the Ombudsman on September 18, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COA asks Clark airport operator to explain millions given to illegal settlers

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:10 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Audit finds that money given to informal settlers was 'excessive.' Clark International Airport Corporation says it has since stopped giving compensation to informal settlers.

Malacañang gets $15,000 bill for World War 2 supplies

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:13 PM

The Office of the President gets a 75-year-old debt note seeking payment for a thousand Habano cigars, horses, chickens, and other items

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

P32 billion used for disaster risk reduction, management in 2018 – COA

Sep 08, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The Commission on Audit report also highlights several projects in line with mitigating risks in the face of disasters in the Philippines

Workers clear debris from a landslide and fallen posts in Barangay Poksukan, Mines View in Baguio City, brought about by the heavy rains and winds that Typhoon Ompong. Baguio still has no electricity in major parts of the city. September 16, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

COA flags delayed, unimplemented DPWH projects worth P118.4B

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:11 PM

The Commission on Audit says that of the 4,315 DPWH projects included in the audit, 3,784 projects worth P107.23 billion were not finished within the expected completion date

COA blocks P1-billion claim for deal between PRA, Central Bay

Sep 01, 2019 - 10:35 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Philippine Reclamation Authority had no authority to enter into a compromise deal with Central Bay Reclamation and Development Corporation

COA flags P500-M worth of tourism department transactions

Aug 29, 2019 - 7:48 PM

The transactions involve foreign travels, expenses for ASEAN and APEC summits, and salaries of Central Office personnel

COA to Laguna hospital: Fix waste storage and disposal

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The Commission on Audit finds that the Laguna Medical Center violated the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and the Health Care Waste Management Manual

COA approves special audit of Philhealth funds – Drilon

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Senate Minority Franklin Drilon also says the Commission on Audit will conduct an 'accurate review' of the actuarial life of Philhealth

Kaliwa Dam bidding looks rigged for China Energy – COA

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Two other bidders were included 'merely to comply' with the requirement that there be at least 3 bidders, says an audit observation memorandum

CONTROVERSIAL. The Kaliwa Dam project is up for construction in the 3rd quarter of 2019, yet it still faces heavy opposition from various groups. Photo from MWSS

Cagayan black sand miners win P94 million tax case at COA

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The 13 mining companies hurdle the Commission on Audit but the Bureau of Internal Revenue is not precluded from making its own tax assessment

BLACK SAND MINING. Black sand mining in Cagayan has been under scrutiny for supposedly causing erosion of land that result in massive flooding. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

COA hits DepEd's P316-M spending on out-of-town trainings, seminars

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The Commission on Audit recommends that the Department of Education use existing facilities for its activities, instead of 'lavish resorts and tourist spot locations'

COA calls out DepEd's questionable contracts, P254M erroneous textbooks

Aug 08, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The Commission on Audit (COA) also notes that P113 million worth of buffer stock textbooks remain undistributed

DOJ to probe almost-expired medicines in DOH warehouses

Aug 04, 2019 - 3:40 PM

A 2018 Commission on Audit report finds that over P367 million in medicines were about to expire but were still sitting in warehouses of the Department of Health

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De Lima wants Senate probe into P178-million loss of PH aerospace agency

Aug 03, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Commission on Audit has also urged a review of whether the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation should continue to exist at all

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Senator Leila de Lima is escorted by cops as she leaves a Muntinlupa court on March 20, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

FALSE: COA flagged PCSO’s non-remittance to govt ‘only now’

Aug 01, 2019 - 12:28 PM

COA's findings in its 2018 annual audit report that PCSO has not remitted P8.4 billion is a 'reiteration' of its previous reports