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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

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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

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'

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.

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

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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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

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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