THE Mandaue City Government paid P160,000 to choreographers and instrumentalists for last year’s Sinulog sa Kabataan even without a contract and other documents, according to a Commission on Audit (COA) report.
State auditors said the City’s payment of honoraria to two choreographers and two instrumentalists “was not supported with documents that could show that the hiring of their services was the most advantageous for the government.”
The COA report also pointed out that the City paid P81,000 to cooks and helpers during the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) in 2010, though it was not supported with documents such as a contract.
It said the City violated Section 4 of Presidential Decree 1445 (Government Auditing Code of the Philippines), which states that “claims against government funds shall be supported with complete documentation.”
Sought for comment, City Legal Officer Giovanni Tianero said he still has to check documents related to the issues raised by COA.
COA wants the City to submit the required documents: a canvass of choreographers and instrumentalists showing the reasonability of the rate; a contract between them and the Department of Education (DepEd) Mandaue City Division detailing the rate per personnel, terms of reference or expected work to be done; a certification that the hired individuals are not related to the hiring officials and to the accountable officer; the personal profiles, expertise and qualification of the personnel; and personal identifications, including Community Tax Certificates.
The COA asked the same documents for the hiring of cooks and helpers during the CVRAA.
State auditors also noted that the choreographers and instrumentalists did not submit accomplishment reports.
“These discrepancies cast doubt on the validity, propriety and legality of the disbursement,” the report said.
DepEd Mandaue City Division hired a chief cook, six assistant cooks and six helpers during the CVRAA, which was held from Feb. 8 to 14 in Liloan, Cebu.
The COA report also noted that the proposed budget for the services of the cooks and helpers was P76,500 but the actual payment was P81,000.