MANILA, Philippines — The Workplace of the President (OP) beneath former chief government Rodrigo Duterte nonetheless has P33.446 million in unliquidated fund disbursements to the Nationwide Activity Pressure to Finish Native Communist Armed Battle (NTF-ELCAC) in connection along with his administration’s anti-insurgency marketing campaign, the Fee on Audit (COA) stated in its newest report.
Primarily based on the COA’s 2021 annual audit report on the OP, the nation’s chief government allotted a complete of P65.192 million for the operations of the NTF-ELCAC Nationwide Secretariat for 2021 in reference to the federal government’s “whole-of-nation strategy” to finish insurgency in pursuit of its peace agenda.
Of the allotted fund, nonetheless, solely P52.999 million was truly transferred to the Nationwide Safety Council (NSC) because the Nationwide Secretariat of the NTF-ELCAC.
The COA stated of the transferred quantity, solely P19.553 million was liquidated as of Dec. 31, 2021, leaving an unliquidated steadiness of P33.446 million.
The COA didn’t elaborate in its report on the rationale for the low liquidation of the fund transferred to NTF-ELCAC. The audit physique additionally didn’t present any advice to the OP to deal with the difficulty.
Former nationwide safety adviser and NTF-ELCAC vice chairman Hermogenes Esperon Jr., nonetheless, gave assurance that final yr’s funds have been totally accounted for.
“We’ve got liquidated all 2021 OP funds for NTF-ELCAC,” he stated when requested yesterday concerning the COA report.
Esperon famous that as for NTF-ELCAC funds from January to June 2022, unreleased funds will type a part of the price range of the brand new Nationwide Safety Adviser and NTF-ELCAC vice chair Clarita Carlos.
The NTF-ELCAC was created by Duterte via Govt Order No. 70 dated Dec. 4, 2018 to guide his administration’s implementation of a “whole-of-nation strategy for the attainment of inclusive and sustainable peace by prioritizing and harmonizing the supply of primary providers and social improvement packages in battle affected areas.”
In the meantime, in the identical audit report, the COA really helpful to the OP to coordinate with the Philippine Fee on Ladies (PCW) to deal with its low price range allocation for applications and actions associated to Gender and Improvement (GAD).
The COA famous that for 2021, the OP solely allotted P12.78 million for applications, tasks and actions (PAPs) associated to GAD which solely accounted for 0.1561 p.c of its complete price range appropriation for the yr amounting P8.186 billion.
The COA stated this contravened the Normal Appropriations Act of 2021 and as properly because the Joint Round No 2012-01 issued by the PCW, Nationwide Financial and Improvement Authority and the Division of Price range and Administration (DBM) requiring all authorities companies to allocate a minimum of 5 p.c of their annual price range appropriation to GAD-related PAPs in compliance with the Magna Carta of Ladies.
The submitted GAD Plan and Price range (GPB) of OP for Calendar 12 months 2021 was P12,780,440, representing solely 0.1561 p.c of the whole appropriations of P8,186,079,000. “Mentioned budgeted quantity was approach under the required 5 p.c of the whole appropriation of OP,” the COA stated.
The COA stated this prompted the PCW to not endorse the OP’s GPB to the DBM even when the OP submitted its plan on time.
The COA stated an inquiry with the OP’s Gender and Improvement Focal Level System (GFPS) revealed that a few of the OP’s allocations for GAD-related applications included intelligence and confidential funds.
“The GFPS emphasised that the appropriations of OP embrace intelligence and confidential funds which couldn’t be attributed to GAD as a result of expenditures relative thereto is with utmost confidentiality,” the COA stated.
“We really helpful and [OP] administration agreed to coordinate with the PCW on easy methods to tackle the difficulty on the 5 p.c GAD price range for the intelligence and confidential funds part of the whole price range of the OP,” it added. – Michael Punongbayan