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Region eyes audit of all Capitol funds


State auditors from the Commission on Audit of Negros Island Region are poised to conduct a special audit on all provincial funds pursuant to the request of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan as embodied in a resolution passed recently.

The formal request is designed to ensure that the disbursements and remaining funds are accounted for to delineate the fiscal responsibilities of the provincial officials prior to the assumption of Governor Edward Mark Macias after the implementation of the dismissal order of re-elected Governor Roel Degamo.

It should be noted that the alleged misuse of the P143 million calamity fund by Degamo was first reported by the Commission on Audit and prompted a taxpayer to file cases against the re-elected governor for grave misconduct and technical malversation through falsification of public documents.

The staff of Governor Macias wants that all disbursement made up to June 17, 2016 be audited so that they will not be held responsible should Notices of Disallowances be imposed on questionable transactions.

Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan also authorized Macias and Engr. Berchmans Patrimonio, who has been designated as Provincial Administrator while concurrently serving as General Services Officer, to be the signatories in all depository banks of the provincial government.

In effect, the SP has concurred to the appointment of Patrimonio to serve as “little governor” replacing Atty. Richard Enojo, who is also the Provincial Attorney. (By Dems Demecillo)


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