The names of about 200 employees of the Dumaguete City Hall who failed to liquidate their cash advances of about P19 million have been submitted to the Fraud and Audit Office, Special Services Sector of the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas.
Of the amount, more than P16 million involved the intelligence fund of the city mayor, although City Accountant Doreen Bechayda said the intelligence fund has been liquidated, except for the remaining P2.9 million cash advances of City Hall employees.
The cash advances were for official travel, and amounts spent for activities, like the Santacruzan, and city, regional and Palaro meets for teachers and non-teaching personnel of the Dumaguete City Division of the Department of Education.
The Commission on Audit has given those with unliquidated cash advances until June 30, 2014 to settle them, or sanctions will be imposed on them.
Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said he has complied with all the requirements, and submitted papers and documents to the COA office in Manila. He is now waiting for the credit notice from the Commission so that the amount can be removed from the list of unliquidated cash advances in Dumaguete.
He urged the concerned employees to settle their unliquidated cash advances as soon as possible.
Stringent measures are also now being undertaken by the city government, especially in the monitoring of unliquidated cash advances and future cash advances so problems will be avoided in the future.
Councilor Antonio Remollo had settled his CA of more than P80,000 on the deadline set by the COA.*JG
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