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Oriental Mindoro scolded over calendars featuring local execs

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by Allan Yves Briones

The Commission on Audit (COA) asked officials of the provincial government of Oriental Mindoro to refund the “unnecessary” costs of printing calendars bearing the photos of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

“Review and post-audit of disbursements for CY 2018 disclosed that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), through the Vice Governor, paid for the costs of printing 7,500 pieces of 2018 Calendar worth P300,000,” COA stated in the 2018 annual audit report.

According to state auditors, the same has been observed in the printing of the 2017 calendar – the inclusion of photographs and names of SP officials – which has been categorized as an “unnecessary expenditure” pursuant to COA Circular No. 2012-003.

“Unnecessary expenditures are those not supportive of the implementation of the objectives and mission of the agency…also (including) expenditures that is not essential or that which can be dispensed of without loss or damage to property,” COA said.

Oriental Mindoro Governor Humerlito Dolor, then-vice governor, reportedly assured the state auditing agency that the local government will be refunding the costs of the 2017 calendar.

However, state auditors said, the concerned officials have yet to do so upon the release of the report.

COA demanded that the Governor and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan refund the cost of the 2017 and 2018 calendars, and comply with the guidelines on information and publicity for future expenditures. #