Gov. liquidates P10M intel funds
Gov Roel Degamo has submitted to the Commission on Audit Central Office his liquidation
report (of how he spent) the un-appropriated intelligence fund of P10Million for 2013
and is still awaiting the final verdict of COA on the controversial release of such fund.
This was contained in the voluminous “Annual Audit Report” of Negros Oriental for 2013 by the COA of which the CHRONICLE obtained a copy.
Why did capitol release P10Milliion for the governor's intelligence fund when there was no appropriation of such in the provincial budget? This is the constant question raised by the audit commission.
The release of P10 –Million for such purpose was declared by COA as illegal disbursement because the provincial board did not make such an appropriation in the budget.
Instead, the Sanggunian appropriated the P10M for “gender and development” but still under the office of the governor.
The provincial treasurer, the budget officer, and the provincial accountant issued written objections to its release (on page 44) because it had no appropriation for intelligence fund.
On the other hand, despite what the COA described as illegal disbursement ( page 43), it has not issued any disallowance notice because the local COA said, it is still waiting for the result of the appeal of the governor to the national COA about this matter. And Gov Degamo has already submitted his liquidation report to the national COA to whom he is only accountable on matters of confidential intelligence funds.
“The final audit action on intelligence and confidential funds is vested in the intelligence and confidential funds audit unit which is under the COA national chairman in Quezon city.”