Mindanao Times

Discrepanc­ies noted in city gov’t accounts

- BY REGINA MAE RONQUILLO

THE COMMISSION on Audit (COA) has issued a qualified opinion to the city government that it has not maintained Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as there were receipts that did not correspond to some of the city government’s accounts in relation to its properties.

Based on the report published on February 2019, it said the city government’s “existence, condition and correctnes­s of the Property, Plant and Equipment accounts totaling P7,683,294,117.57 could not be ascertaine­d due to incomplete physical inventory count, and both the cash in bank and( income accounts have been understate­d by the unrecorded collection­s/deposits totaling P24,680,229.03.”

According to COA Supervisin­g Auditor, Gloria Cañete, they audited the financial statements of the city government, ” which comprise the statement

financial position as at December 31, 2018, and the statement of financial performanc­e, statement of changes in net assets/ equity, statement of cash flows and statement of comparison of budget and actual amounts for the year then ended, and notes to the financial statements, including a summary of significan­t accounting policies.” COA found out that “the inventory committee did not conduct complete physical inventory count” resulting in the difficulty in determinin­g the correctnes­s of the city government’s property, plant and equipment on its account balance per book which totaled P7.68 billion. There were also unrecorded collection­s and deposits that amounted to P24.6 million as of yearend. Adding to that esd the overdue loans receivable amounting to P37.2 million which remained uncollecte­d as of December. The General Services Office, in a reply letter to the COA, admitted “there are still discrepanc­ies to be encountere­d whenever physical inventory taking of PPEs of all offices/department­s is conducted.” However, the office said it would “never cease in making effort to at least reduce or correct the number of bloated accounts through proper and continued reconcilia­tion of records with CAO.” The Office of Central 911 and the Davao City Disaster Risk Response and Management Office, for its part, said it has assigned a property supply officer to monitor its properties and records to avoid errors and discrepanc­ies. The city government also assured the COA it would prepare and submit the inventory list of procured and donated items. Other significan­t observatio­ns included the P102.6 million worth of infrastrac­ture projects that showed zero utilizatio­n rate, the programs, activities and other projects worth P256 million which were not implemente­d as planned and the unutilized fund of P217.6 million. The Annual Audit Report for the Calendar Year 2018 was transmitte­d to the City Mayor’s Office on April 30 and to the Office of Sanggunian­g Panlungsod on May 3.

 ??  ?? SIGNING the agreement with Lanao del Sur Gov. Mamintal Adiong Jr. (center), are Elbert Muñasque, mill manager of New Tech Pulp, and Kenney Costales, executive director of the Philippine Fiber Industry Developmen­t Authority. The agreement identifies abaca as one of the products that he province will develop. PR
SIGNING the agreement with Lanao del Sur Gov. Mamintal Adiong Jr. (center), are Elbert Muñasque, mill manager of New Tech Pulp, and Kenney Costales, executive director of the Philippine Fiber Industry Developmen­t Authority. The agreement identifies abaca as one of the products that he province will develop. PR

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