3 NGOs must account P34M cash advances

For more than 6 years now, three Non-Government Organizations or NGOs failed to account for the cash advances totaling P 34,807,050. granted to them by the provincial government.

The administration also claimed that incomplete liquidation reports submitted by NOBDF NegOr Business Development Foundation (P26.7M) were returned for lack of supporting documents while NORF (P200k) another NGO has not replied to the demand letter.

The executive officers of these NGOs were given notifications and shortly will be endorsed to the Ombudsman for possible administrative remedies. NGOs are conduits of development given huge funds by government to undertake projects. As such these must be properly liquidated otherwise they will be held accountable, thru an Ombudsman case.

The findings were embodied in the Annual Audit Report by the Commission on Audit for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Provincial Administrator Richard Enojo said that the Provincial Accounting Office is currently verifying the liquidation reports of NISARD (P7.9M) . He added that when Governor Roel Degamo assumed office, his administration had no dealings with any of the three NGOS up to the present.

Records accurately show that NOBDF incurred cash advances that remain unliquidated in the amount of P 26,707,050.; NISARD, P 7,900,000. and NORF had a CA of P 200, 000.00.

COA laments that the “proper and effective utilization of financial assistance granted to the NGOs could not be ascertained because the provincial government did not strictly comply with the requirements prescribed in the Commission’s Circular No. 2007-001 dated October 25, 2007.” (By Dems Demecillo)

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