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After PhilHealth and PCSO, PCOO agency called out for having a Php1.8 million meal expenses

A branch of the PCOO got called out by the COA after it failed to submit other documents supporting the claim that they have paid Php1.83M in 2019 for meal allowances.

  • COA stated that the agency needs to provide materials that prove the transparency and reasonableness of the expenses.
  • Several agencies of the government such as PhilHealth and PCSO have also had issues regarding corruption which surfaced amid the pandemic.

The Commission of Audit (COA) called out the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) agency Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS) for not providing complete documentation supporting the Php1.83 million worth of meals they charged to the agency.

According to the 2019 audit report by the COA which has been made available to the public just his month, the meal expenses of BBS have reached more than a million pesos but lacked evidence that supports the idea that the food was bought for an official meeting.

“A total of P2,356,188.46 was expended in CY 2019 for meals served during various meetings, of which P1,830,720.52 or 78 percent were not supported with documents that would show the meetings as official,” according to the COA.

It is said to be a violation of Section 4.6 of the Presidential Decree No. 1445 which says that “claims against government funds shall be supported with complete documentation.”

A state auditor added that the missing documents hinder them from validating the legality and reasonableness of the expenses.

Aside from the official receipt of the food, the agency needed to give additional proof like notices for the meeting, a list of agendas, minutes of the meeting, an attendance sheet with signatures of the attendees if possible, and photos and videos of the actual meeting.

The COA added that if other documentations are not available, the claim may be supported by a certification that a meeting was actually held and or an official transaction was made.

“However, this certification must be corroborated by other supporting documents to attest to the occurrence of an official event, otherwise it is just a self-serving document.”

Aside from the alleged corruption in BBS, several agencies of the government were also accused of corruption such as PhilHealth and PCSO.

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