Sarangani mayor uses state funds to pig out during municipal meetings

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Mayor Victor James Yap Sr. of the municipality of Glan in Sarangani spoiled his staff when he splurged thousands of public funds for meals and snacks in municipal meetings.

In a 2014 report by the Commission on Audit (COA), the municipal government spent P110,247.5 in expenses and snacks in the conduct of meetings and other activities.

State auditors noted its circular which prevents spending public funds for unnecessary, extravagant and excessive expenses.

The auditors said in its post-audit of disbursements reaching P1.817 million for meals and snacks, at least P110,247.50 was “expended to activities which were not properly substantiated and may result to an audit action.”

The COA hit the municipal government for wasting public funds on unnecessary expenses despite scarce resources.

“We are concerned that the spending for a significant amount mostly for meeting and other activities may not be a prudent exercise of sound financial management in view of scarce resource available for its over-all operations,” the COA said in its report.

In its reply, the municipal government said it is allowed under the Local Government Code to spend for activities of national government agencies.

The audit agency recommended to Mayor Yap “to exercise prudence in the utilization of funds for meals and snacks especially during meetings and observe the limitation for such expenditures as prescribed by law.”