DSWD told to set­tle P278-M ser­vice fees for 4Ps

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By EL­IZ­A­BETH MARCELO

The Com­mis­sion on Au­dit (COA) has di­rected the De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) to de­posit about P278 mil­lion with the Land Bank of the Philip­pines to set­tle the ser­vice fees in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the govern­ment’s Con­di­tional Cash Trans­fer pro­gram.

In a de­ci­sion dated April 7 and re­leased to the me­dia yes­ter­day, COA chair­man Michael Aguinaldo and com­mis­sion­ers Jose Fabi and Isabel Agito ruled to grant the bank’s 2015 pe­ti­tion for money claim after es­tab­lish­ing that the DSWD still has un­paid ser­vice fees to CCT con­duits in 2013 and even in prior years.

COA said that though there were some dis­crep­an­cies ini­tially in the amounts of un­paid obli­ga­tions as com­pared to the dis­burse­ment vouch­ers, th­ese have al­ready been set­tled and read­justed after the su­per­vis­ing au­di­tors of DSWD and Land Bank were or­dered in De­cem­ber 2015 to jointly con- duct a reval­i­da­tion of the claims.

It fur­ther said that the claims were backed with doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted by the CCT con­duits.

“All told, and con­sid­er­ing fur­ther that the claim was sup­ported with com­plete doc­u­men­ta­tion... this Com­mis­sion grants the LBP’s pe­ti­tion,” the COA said.

It found no ir­reg­u­lar­ity in the dif­fer­ent ser­vice fees per trans­ac­tion of CCT con­duits as it ruled that, “the ser­vice fees charged con­formed with the amounts stated in mem­o­randa of agree­ment be­tween the ac­cred­ited CCT con­duits and LBP.”

It also did not ex­plain why the ser­vice fees of each CCT part­ners vary. It ap­peared that Globe G-Cash charged P42 to P75 per pay­out while M. Lhuiller only charged P24. Philpost charged from P24 to P50, while ru­ral banks (RB) and coun­try­side fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions (CFIs) us­ing man­ual sys­tem charged from P25 to P50. The cash cards and over-the-counter (OTC) pay­outs only amounted to P24 per trans­ac­tion.

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