Sunday| May 14, 2017
The Commission on Audit spotted some questionable transactions and projects that were funded with Pangilinan's Priority Development Assistance Fund from 2007 to 2009.
A 462-page special report, the COA said that several Quezon City-based projects partly funded with Pangilinan's PDAF do not have documentary support and have been transacted questionably.
P7.3 million from Pangilinan's PDAF were used for the procurement of "barangay office equipment" for 17 barangays in Quezon City. The other funds came from former Sen. Ramon Magsaysay Jr. (P100,000) and former Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman (P904,000).
The procurement project was not supported by proper documents, the purchase of the materials lacked official receipts or proofs of bidding and the "office equipment may also be considered not among those eligible for funding under PDAF."
Another P1.063 million of Pangilinan's pork was used to buy other supposed needs of a barangay such as an Apple Macbook laptop, a Nikon DSLR camera, a laminating machine, Sharp DVD player, Sony digital cameras, 19" Samsung LCD monitor among others.
When the COA audit said that the items were either unaccounted, missing or defective, as seen in photographs of the items.
A supplier named Superjie Trading which COA deemed "not legally nor physically existed," was paid P186,000 of Pangilinan's PDAF. It also don't have business permits.
Pangilinan also gave P2-million for construction projects for barangay operations. It was not announce to the public nor proven with project documents such as invitations to bid, contract agreements and receipts.
The said receiving barangays such as South Triangle and Kamuning also did not release disbursement vouchers proving projects such as repair of roads, building of public toilets and concreting, COA said.
Pangilinan spent P599,000 for a feeding program and distribution of medicines that might have not occurred.
"These were not supported with ... bid documents, project plans, or any document authorizing the conduct of activities and proof of implementation indicating the venue, activities undertaken, beneficiaries, pictures of activities, participating partners, date conducted," COA said.
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