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RDC-7 seeks congressional probe on COA pre-audit

Tagbilaran City (27 June) -- Using the Regional Development Council (RDC) as the venue, Bohol Governor Erico Aumentado convinced co-members to support his motion asking Congress to investigate the Commission on Audit's (COA) pre-audit in aid of legislation.

And the council toed with the Aumentado motion as it earned him the applause from the 60-regular member council who had recorded an attendance of 40 at the call to order.

Members also agree that the pre-audit requirement by the COA has often been the main cause of delays in project implementation.

Aumentado, who raised the motion initially wanted for the council to urge Congress to pass a law repealing or abolishing the COA Pre-Audit, and the matter be added to the council's business of the day.

During the last and final RDC full council meeting, held at the Bohol Tropics Resort Thursday, Aumentado however rephrased his motion and asks Congress to investigate the CPA pre-audit in aid of legislation after consulting with key members of the council.

He said that the pre-audit is a violation of the Citizen's Charter, which local governments are mandated to put up.

The issue is also causing added functions, COA authorities in Bohol admit.

The pre-audit assures that corruption is stopped before they are committed as it allows state auditors if projects are bloated.

It also makes it easier for the government to get the crooks before the money is being spent, sources said.

Bohol COA authorities also said pre-audit puts up additional stack of delays as specific auditors are tasked to look into the papers from only the towns assigned to them.

COA also admitted that they just do not have the additional manpower to hasten the pre-audit.

The complication caused an outcry as local chief executives immediately felt the measure as unreasonable and is causing the unnecessary delays, hampering delivery of basic services.

Aumentado also cited the government's Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Neglecting or refusing to act within a reasonable time on any matter pending before a public official is punishable by law. (PIA-Bohol) [top]

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