COA to Philhealth: Return P35M in “Illegal Benefits”

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The Commission on Audit has ordered officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. to refund P35.25 million in unauthorized benefits. The decisions came two weeks after the issuance of two decisions affirming the notices of disallowance on illegal bonuses and allowances worth P183.86 million paid out to PhilHealth officials and employees in 2009, 2010 and 2014. In the first decision, CoA’s Commission Proper overruled the petition for review filed by PhilHealth’s Region 4-A Office seeking the lifting of a Nov. 26, 2013 notice of disallowance that required return of P33.804…

COA to DOLE: Return Unutilized P392 Million Fund for K-12

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The Commission on Audit (COA) has directed the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to remit to the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) a total of P392.107 million in unused fund intended for an assistance program for teachers and other school personnel displaced by the implementation of the K-12 education reform program. Based on the COA’s 2017 audit report recently published on its website, Congress has allocated to DOLE a total of P500 million and P150 million in 2016 and 2017, respectively, for the implementation of its “Adjustment Measures Program (AMP)…

Deped Statement on the Grade 2 Learning Materials Found Damaged in the Publisher’s Warehouse

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Following its exit conference with the Commission on Audit (CoA) last June 19, 2018, the Department of Education (DepEd) has committed to conduct further investigation and is establishing legal solutions in regard to the 820,682 Grade 2 learning materials (LMs) found damaged by water in the warehouse of Lexicon Press, Inc. – the publisher awarded with contract to re-print 2,440,336 copies of Grade 2 LMs in February 2016. Report of DepEd’s Bureau of Learning Resources (BLR) yielded that DepEd and Lexicon mutually agreed to the temporary safekeeping of the completed…

P25.2 Million in Damaged Textbooks Because of DepEd’s Poor Planning – COA

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The Department of Education’s (DepEd) poor planning resulted to the damage of P25.21 million worth of textbooks, according to a government audit report. In its 2017 report released over the weekend, the Commission on Audit (COA) found that 820,682 printed textbooks were left inside printing press Lexicon Press, Inc. because DepEd’s own warehouse failed to store it. The unavailability of storage facilities was due to warehouse refurbishing of the DepEd’s Bureau of Learning Resources (BLR), COA said. “DepEd suffered loss amounting to P25,213,511.10 representing the cost of 820,682 damaged Grade…

P326 Million Worth School Buildings Incomplete and Defective – COA

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The Commission on Audit says some school buildings in Metro Manila, Ilocos, and Cebu cannot be used due to issues with utilities, structural defects, and non-turnover of buildings. Some P326.31 million worth of school buildings constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) cannot be used due to various issues, according to a Commission on Audit (COA) report. COA reviewed the P109.31-billion Basic Educational Facilities Fund of the Department of Education (DepEd) and found that 10 buildings built by the DPWH, as the government’s construction arm, were unutilized. Some school buildings…