By Raymund F. Antonio
Vice President Ma. Leonor ‘Leni’ G. Robredo on Sunday responded to the Commission on Audit’s (COA) annual report which stated that her office underspent its budget last year for financial assistance to indigent Filipinos.
In her weekly radio program, “BISErbisyong Leni,” she confirmed that the Office of Vice President spent P130 million, but she noted that her office didn’t receive the entire P219-million budget for 2016.
“Of the P219 million, the amount so far released was P151 million,” Robredo, a former Camarines Sur representative, said in Filipino.
In its annual audit report for 2016, COA said the OVP spent only about 60 percent of the total budget for financial assistance last year.
Records showed that of the P219.96-million budget, the OVP spent only P130.69 million or 59.42 percent of the its funds for medical help, burial aid, relief operations, medical missions and purchase of wheelchairs.
“Of the P151 million, the amount spent was P130 million so this means it is not only 60 percent, but 86 percent instead,” she clarified.
Robredo pointed out her office’s unspent budget can be utilized for this year.
In a separate statement released by the OVP, it said “corrective actions have been taken” regarding the COA findings.