Aquino admin released questionable funds to UN a day before transferring power to Duterte government - The Daily Sentry

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Aquino admin released questionable funds to UN a day before transferring power to Duterte government

Manuel "Mar" Roxas III, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo / Photo from
Despite failure to accomplish the agreed temporary shelters for Yolanda victims, the Commission on Audit revealed that the Aquino administration managed to release questionable funds amounting to P32 Million to a United Nations (UN) Agency a day before transitioning its power to the new administration.

COA ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to compel the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to reimburse the equivalent amount of money for the supposed Yolanda temporary shelters, with interest included, should the agency choose to discontinue the project.

The Switzerland – based intergovernmental organization obtained approximately P200 Million in its partnership with DSWD to fulfill its mandate in completing the 3,200 transitional Yolanda shelters. Audit officials however, reported that IOM “failed to complete the construction of 3,200 units Transitional Shelters for Yolanda-Affected Populations costing P201 million even with the extension granted from August 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015; thus, depriving the intended beneficiaries of the benefits that could be derived from the program/project.”

Super – typhoon Yolanda with its international name of ‘Haiyan’, devastated Central and Eastern Visayas in November 2013 leaving thousands of dead or missing to date.
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In a statement, COA said, “Out of the 2,700 units to be constructed in Region VIII (Eastern Visayas) by the end of January 2015, which was the original period of completion, only 1,410 or 52 percent was completed as of December 31, 2015, not to mention the 500 units supposed to be funded by the IOM. This has been an observation in the CY (Calendar Year) 2015 Consolidated Annual Audit Report on the DSWD.”

Audit officials also noted that payments were made despite inappropriate locations for the supposed project. Thus, a reimbursement from the said UN Agency is imperative citing that it still owed more to the government than agreed. COA said that the project’s duration should have been implemented between August 01, 2014 to January 31, 2015.

“The project…was not implemented since there was no suitable location available for the project. The amount of P22,838,766.00 was returned to the DSWD in November 2017 leaving a balance of P9,161,234.00,” a COA representative said.
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A total of P189 Million was initially released by DSWD to the IOM under Check 107499 dated September 26, 2014 and Check 109543 dated September 8, 2015 with P68 Million and P 121 Million, respectively.

“An amendment on time extension was approved until December 31, 2015 and a corresponding increase in the cost from P189 million to P201 million, the balance of P12 million chargeable against [a grant from the Asian Development Bank],” the State Audit said.


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