By Ben Rosario
The Commission on Audit (COA) threatened Friday to disallow the disbursement by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of some P2.58 billion in contract payments for simply failing to provide certificates of availability of funds (CAF) to support the transactions.
COA also questioned the validity of the disbursement of P119.28 million for payments covering its joint venture with 2Go Express and 2Go Logistics Inc for the deployment of automated election equipment and other services that were conducted during the 2016 presidential elections.
COA, in its 2017 annual audit report for Comelec, also chided poll officials for failing to turn over to government over P15 million representing its collections from applicants of gun ban exemptions during elections.
The audit agency said 60 contracts for supplies and services aggregating P1.58 billion were not covered with CAF.
“The absence of the required CAF in the contract entered into by Comelec rendered the contracts null and void,” auditors said.
The absence of CAF to support the transactions were confirmed by the chief accountant of the poll body and the budget officer.
In their recommendation, the audit examiners asked the Comelec’s Bids and Awards Committee to justify its failure to comply with regulations.
Validity of payments for the Joint Venture for 2Go Express Inc. and 2GO Logistic Inc. totaling P119.82 million was also questioned due to the “non submission of the approved Disbursement Vouchers” and other documentation.
Auditors noted that under Section 4 of Presidential Decree 1445, complete documents is a requisite for payment of goods and services.