The Commission on Audit (COA) has not filed any charges against Davao de Oro Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy in connection with an infrastructure fund worth P666.84 million observed by the audit agency in a 2019 report to have violated government procurement laws.
The COA has no ground to file charges because the Davao de Oro provincial government complied with the agency’s recommendation to address the violation cited by the audit observations.
In the report, COA Director Roy Ursal also merely called the attention of the provincial government to address the audit observations.
“We have already addressed the issue and we have been cleared by the COA,” Uy said in a message sent to the Durian Post on Tuesday, May 18.
The governor made the clarification as some members of the local broadcast media in Davao de Oro and Davao del Norte, apparently paid hacks of the opposition, feasted on the COA report as a corruption issue against the re-electionist Uy.
In the 2019 audit report, the COA observed that violations of the government procurement law were committed by the provincial government of Davao de Oro when it perfected infrastructure contracts worth P666.84 million without the authority of the provincial legislative council.
Davao de Oro was granted the fund under the CMGP (Conditional Matching Grant for Provinces) by President Rodrigo Duterte to finance road repair, rehabilitation and improvement, as the province grappled with the devastation wrought by two super-typhoons on local infrastructure.
“Contracts for infrastructure projects implemented under the CMGP (Conditional Matching Grant for Provinces) totaling P666.842 million were perfected and entered into without the required authorization of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan contrary to Section 22 © of RA 7160 (Government Procurement Act),” the audit report said.
“We recommended directing the CMGP-Local Road Management Team to initiate a request to the SP to rectify this error at the soonest possible time,”said COA.
Upon receipt of the COA audit report last year, Uy and Capitol officials, admitting that the error was “overlooked in good faith,” immediately complied with the audit recommendations.
A year ahead to the 2022 elections, it has been noted that local radio air lanes have been throwing alleged corruption and other issues against Governor Uy and his father former governor now senior Provincial Board member Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy.
The smear drive is said to be linked to the camp of Davao de Oro 2nd District Rep. Peter Ruel Gonzaga, a party mate of the Uys, who has announced that he is challenging the reelection of the governor in next year’s polls.