MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has advised the public not to reelect lawmakers who are taking advantage of their position as the 2022 elections draw near.“Ang hinihingi ko sa taumbayan, ‘yung lahat na senador — ito kung pagbigyan lang ninyo ako — ‘yung lahat ng senador… Read More
The Commission on Audit (COA) on Thursday said it had no intention to malign the Department of Health (DOH) in publishing its 2020 annual audit report regarding the “deficiencies” in the department’s management of PHP67 billion worth Covid-19 funds.
During the virtual hearing of the House Committee on Public Accounts, COA chairman Michael Aguinaldo reiterated that the report did not mention any finding that funds were lost due to corruption.
“The auditors did not say that there were any lost funds and that any such lost funds would have been lost to corruption. Wala pong finding na ganun (There’s no such finding). so that’s why we issued that and I think that’s proof that there was really no intent to malign the DOH,” Aguinaldo said. READ MORE
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has vouched for the integrity of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III even after the latter has earned criticisms due to the supposed deficiencies in handling the PHP67.32 billion worth of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response funds.Duterte, in his… Read More
After President Rodrigo Duterte told government agencies to ignore reports by the Commission on Audit (COA) showing deficiencies in the handling of the multi-billion-peso Covid-19 response fund, Vice President Leni Robredo said Friday that government agencies should respond to COA and not ignore the audit agency’s reports.
“Hindi natin dapat minamasama ‘yung mga reports na ‘to. In fact, binibigyan pa nga tayo ng opportunity na sumagot, na magpaliwanag, na maging mas transparent sa systems and processes natin,” Robredo said in a video message, as the COA bared annual audit reports on the Covid-19 funds that indicated alleged anomalies in disbursements by various government agencies.
Earlier, Duterte and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III lambasted COA for finding “deficiencies” in the Department of Health’s spending of P67.32 billion in funds allocated for its COVID-19 response.
Duterte also urged COA to stop publishing its audit reports and called on government agencies to ignore them.
Defending the audit agency, Robredo said COA is just doing its job and that to avoid trouble with the COA, government agencies must in turn do their job of ensuring that their resources are being used correctly.
Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Thursday denied that he was associated with a former Budget official tagged in the undocumented transfer of PHP42 billion from the Department of Health to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). In a press statement, Go said former Budget… Read More
Former Department of Budget and Management (DBM) undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao on Friday surfaced to defend the procurement of face masks and face shields amounting to PHP1.82 billion.In a Laging Handa briefing, Lao, also the former head of the agency’s Procurement Service… Read More
A lawmaker on Thursday said a pre-audit system in the disbursement of public funds may be the answer to prevent controversies involving the findings of the Commission on Audit (COA) on various government agencies.San Jose del Monte City Rep. Florida Robes said the government can… Read More
Scores of health workers were not able to get their special risk allowance (SRA) and other benefitsbecausethe Department of Health had to return to the treasury unobligated funds that the agency failed to spend on time.
“Sa unobligated funds, ibabalik na yon sa National Treasury dahil hindi na-implement ng DOH – sayang!” Senator Imee Marcos, the chair of the Senate economic affairs committee, said.
“Kainis, hirap kaming maghanap ng perang yan at pinaglaban namin ng todo-todo para lamang mawaldas o di gamitin ng DOH!” she said.
“Dahil tatalakayin na ng Kongreso ang budget para sa susunod na taon, maglagay tayo uli ng panibagong budget para sa SRA ng healthcare workers kung walang proposal ang Executive para doon,” Marcos said.
“Yung SRA para sa health workers, including meal allowances and transpo, dapat kasama sila if they are “at risk” or “in contact” with Covid-19 patients,” she said.
“Hindi na dapat pagdiskitahan ang definition dahil airborne nga yung Covid!” Marcos said.
“Maliwanag na magulo ang proseso at iba’t-ibang pahirap ang pinataw sa mga ospital – pati ba naman private hospital rinequire ng ibang DOH regional offices ng resolution ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan, bakit?!” she said.
“Imbes na suportahan ang frontliners, pinahirapan at pinatagal pa proseso. Sa Bayanihan 1, government health workers lang sinama. Sa Bayanihan 2, kasali na sa pribado. Pero mas marami pa rin ang hindi nakatanggap kesa nakatanggap!” Marcos said.
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he would not accept Health Secretary Francisco Duque III’s offer to resign over “deficiencies” in his department’s handling of the PHP67.32 billion funds for Covid-19 response.In a prerecorded public address, Duterte recalled how Duque… Read More