Magastos ang CHR! COA against CHR's costly hotel seminars - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Magastos ang CHR! COA against CHR's costly hotel seminars

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On Monday, the Commission on Audit called out the Commission on Human Rights over allegedly expensive seminars and trainings in various hotels last year.

Auditors of the Commission, in a 2017 report, stated that the agency “could have minimized the incurrence of substantial amount of training expenses totaling P5,404,543.80” if only the same were held within office premises or other government facilities.

COA said that 20 seminars or workshops could have been held on a live-out basis instead of booking participants in expensive hotels.

“Verification of the Training Expenses account showed that the CHR incurred the amount of P5,404,543.80 for CY (Calendar Year) 2017 in the conduct of trainings/seminars/workshops held in different hotels within and outside Metro Manila attended by personnel both from the Central Office (CO) and the Regional Offices (ROs),” the audit team said.

Section 2 of Presidential Decree 1445 or the Government Auditing Code of the Philippines provides that it is the declared policy of the state that all resources of the government shall be managed, expended or utilized in accordance with law and regulations, and safeguarded against loss or wastage through illegal or improper disposition, with a view of ensuring efficiency, economy and effectiveness in the operations of government.
“Records likewise showed that trainings conducted by the CHR were made on in-house basis. Participants were booked in hotels with package accommodation of rooms for participants, meals for breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks, lunch and dinner, and the function rooms for the trainings conducted,” state auditors said.

According to the report, the CHR “could have expended minimal amount of training expenses had the agency conducted the trainings within the office premises or utilized available government facilities and on a non-residential (live-out) basis.”

It is the COA's suggestion that the CHR condict similar activities within accessible locations that could save them millions.