Com. on Audit finds excessive spendings in CHR

Com. on Audit finds excessive spendings in CHR

A report from the Commission on Audit (COA) release in the middle of this year showed the Chito Gascon led government agency has a lot of explaining to do.
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The COA released audit shows that P1.066 million worth of unliquidated cash advances from employees and P2.565 million from special disbursing officers.COA says that the cash advances were used either for local or foreign travels, or special projects.
The COA made special mention of the officers from CHR Eastern Visayas were they found that P122,558 worth of cash advances despite the fact there is non-liquidation of previous cash advances.
Another unique transaction notes the COA is from CHR Zamboanga Peninsula, cash advances which were not bonded were released to employees “which may result to possible loss of government funds,” CoA said.
Sanctions must be imposed
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) should impose sanctions on officials who “neglect obligations in handling cash advances in accordance with existing laws, rules and regulations,” CoA said.
One of the glaring expenditure done by the CHR is when it spent P5.404 million for seminars and trainnings which were all held at hotels, where it booked rooms for participants instead of spending for only function rooms.
“CHR could have minimized the incurrence of substantial amount of training expenses had it either provided training venues within the office premises or utilized available resources and government facilities; or had the agency held the 20 seminars/workshops on a non-residential (live-out) basis,” COA said.
Jose Luis Martin C. Gascon also known as Chito Gascon is the one who is chair of the CHR, a known ally of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and who occupies a high ranking position to the Liberal Party prior to his appointment to head CHR.

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