Full COA report on PDAF allocation | P6-B misused; 192 solons tagged



The Commission on Audit (COA) released on Friday, August 16, its report on the special audit it conducted on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of senators and congressmen.

The COA said at least 74 lawmakers exceeded their pork barrel allocations from 2007-2009, with one congressman getting nearly P3 billion in pork barrel funds.

Senators are each given P200 million in pork barrel funds every year while congressmen receive P70 million each.

Here is the full COA report, "Government-wide performance audit report on the allocation and utilization of priority development assistance fund (PDAF) and various infrastructures including local projects".

  


At least P6.156 billion were released to questionable NGOs. A total of 82 NGOs were found to have questionable backrgrounds and operations to begin with and eventually misused or failed to account for the funds.

An NGO submitted as beneficiaries names taken from board and bar passers. The report said ITO NA Movement Foundation, Inc. (ITONAMI) even submitted the same list of alleged beneficiaries to two different agencies to get money through Special Allotment Release Orders (SARO) from 2007 to 2008. The group used 1,090 names from the CPA Board Exam results released October 2007; 620 names from the Bar Exams, and Nursing Board Exams in 2008. A check by the COA special audit team later found out that the the NGO had no permits to operate a business in Pasig City but was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A certain Luis Abalos, who is not a congressman, received PDAF of P20 million. Eight congressmen had their PDAF released for projects outside their legislative districts and six of the NGOs shared the same incorporators and officers, including relatives of congressmen from whom they received PDAF releases.

The COA only audited departments, government corporations, and local government units where the bulk of PDAF went.

3 departments:


  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Public Works and Highways
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development


4 government-owned and controlled corporations:


  • National Agri-Business Corporation (Nabcor)
  • National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC)
  • Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC, now TRC)
  • ZNAC Rubber Estate Corporation (ZREC)


5 provincial governments:


  • Tarlac
  • Bataan
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Compostela Valley
  • Davao Oriental


9 city governments:


  • Manila
  • Mandaluyong
  • Quezon City
  • Taguig
  • Las Piñas
  • Tabaco
  • Iriga
  • Naga
  • Panabo


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