COA chief says more notices of disallowances coming

Posted at 06/10/14 6:34 PM

Commission to halt more transactions worth P4.96-B

MANILA - Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan admitted during a hearing today that her office has issued notices of disallowance on pork barrel funds amounting to P1.828 billion.

In a hearing at the House of Representatives, Pulido-Tan said the funds were for projects under the Technology Resource Center (TRC), National Livelihood Development Corp. (NLDC), Zamboanga Del Norte College Rubber Estates Corp. (ZREC), and National Agribusiness Corp. (NABCOR).

A notice of disallowance is issued when a transaction is illegal.

Notices of disallowance will also soon be issued on P4.961 billion worth of projects funded by pork barrel.

She said these notices emanate from a 2007 to 2009 COA report, which found irregular transactions committed by 80 bogus non-government organizations.

Pulido-Tan said notices of disallowance were also issued against Department of Public Works and Highways (DPHW) projects worth P184 million.

These projects were part P16.592 billion in contracts the DPWH entered into from 2009 to 2010.

She said Davao Region (Region 11) received the biggest number of notices of disallowance. She said 9 projects there were illegal. - from a report by Jon Ibanes, dzMM