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SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte —The Commission on Audit (COA) confirmed that the Municipal Government of Santo Tomas under the administration of Mayor Ernesto “Tatay Erning” Evangelista completed its documents for the year 2020 with 21 fully implemented audit recommendations.
The COA likewise certified that the documents submitted by the Evangelista administration were in accord with audit standards, and no major irregularities were flagged.
Thelma Pulma, State Auditor IV and Commission on Audit 11 Supervising Auditor and Josephine Yap, State Auditor III and COA’s Audit Team Leader assigned for the Santo Tomas LGU presented the agency’s findings during the Santo Tomas LGU -COA Exit Conference held last February 22, 2022 in Davao City.
An exit conference is the meeting at the end of an audit engagement where the auditors and client, in this case, the Santo Tomas LGU, meet to discuss the findings of the audit and the rightful recommendations based on the official report.
Of the 21 audit recommendations, the Evangelista administration has fully implemented the said Audit Recommendations.
COA gave a rating of 94 percent, owing to the fact that there were two (2) partially implemented projects from 2019. These projects were “crossover” projects from the previous administration.
COA is tasked to “examine, audit and settle all accounts” of expenditures or uses of funds owned by the government and its subdivisions.
The Evangelista administration also welcomed the observations and recommendations the state auditors noted in its report to improve the Santo Tomas LGU’s financial processes.
Worthy to note that it is only under the Evangelista administration that cash collections of the Santo Tomas LGU were recorded, and deposited daily in a government depository bank.
This is one of the reforms implemented by the Evangelista administration to combat the gross malpractices and corruption that thrived in the Santo Tomas LGU which were left unchecked by the previous administrations