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Gastos! Paracale town in CamNorte spends whopping P966K in mobile expenses

The municipality of Paracale in Camarines Norte spent a whopping P966,447.88 in mobile telephone expenses in 2015 due to the lack of written policy on the use of postpaid and prepaid plans, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the municipality incurred “substantial amounts” of mobile phone expenses on postpaid plans and prepaid mobile allowances that amounted to P966,447.88.

Auditors calculated that the municipality incurred a monthly average of P80,537.33 in mobile telephone expenses.

The Sanggunian Bayan spent P24,000 per month, while the 31 municipal employees incurred P46,664.83 monthly average and P114,469.84 postpaid plans for Globe and Smart.

Auditors found out that the local government unit had no written policy on the issuance and utilization of postpaid plans and prepaid mobile allowances.

There are also no standards as to the maximum cost of a unit to be purchased from the standpoint of economy.

Auditor said there is “high probability” of purchasing expensive models.

“Since the local government unit does not have written policy on the issuance and utilization of postpaid plans and prepaid mobile allowances, this privilege is subject to abuse and might result in the incurrence of unnecessary expenses,” the auditors said.

Auditors added that the provision of mobile phones in excess of one unit should only be provided to officials not lower than the rank of a division chief.

The COA recommended the municipal mayor Romeo Moreno to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of mobile telephone expenses to optimize the limited resources of the local government unit, and ensure that no excessive or unnecessary expenses are incurred.

The COA also recommended to strengthen its control over postpaid plans and prepaid mobile allowances by establishing written policies to be disseminated to all end-users for guidance and compliance.

The management vowed to evaluate their mobile telephone policy and apply the necessary actions.

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