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ComVal gov’t diverted P4.5M to LGUs without Sanggunian approval – COA

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The provincial government of Compostela Valley diverted P4.5 million of funds to various local government units (LGUs) without the prior authorization of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, state auditors said.

In a 2015 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the provincial capitol led by its governor Arturo Uy transferred P4.5 million covered by 11 disbursement vouchers to 11 LGUs without the authorization of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan from January to November 2015.

The 11 anomalous transfer of funds were part of the 47 disbursement vouchers to the LGUs sourced from the locally enacted budget.

This is in violation of a 2012 COA circular which requires the authorization of the provincial council for the local chief executive to transfer funds to other implementing agencies, state auditors said.

“The above disbursements are considered irregular since it has no proper authorization from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan,” the auditors’ report read.

The COA said the deficiency in the approval of the provincial council “defeats the principle of the check and balance of the powers of the executive and legislative branch of the province.”

State auditors recommended to the provincial capitol to see to it that there is an authorization from the Sanggunian first before the fund transfer.