COA probes big allowances of Senate execs

October 29, 2010 12:49 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 28 – The Commission on Audit (CoA) said Thursday it is investigating the big allowances of the executives of the Senate of the Philippines as well as senators.

CoA is “raising its eyebrows” on officials of the Senate secretariat who are regular employees but not assigned to any of the senators. The big allowances is similar to some officials of Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs).

Based on its findings, COA found out an official with the rank of Director II and estimated salary of P 27,000 is receiving more or less P 33,000 in allowances monthly.

A Director III with salary grade 27 is entitled to receive allowances amounting to P 58,000 per month though his estimated pay is only pegged at P 28,000, COA said in its report.

On the other hand, officials with the rank of Director V, with salary grade 29, earns P 30,000 and receives an allowance of more than P 77,000 monthly.

The 11 Senate executives with the rank of Director VI and salary grade 30 are receiving P 34,000 monthly salary and allowances amounting to P 104,000.

This group includes the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, legal counsel, deputy secretaries, and director generals of various offices.

According to the CoA report, the Senate Secretary receives a salary of about P 48,000 and an allowance of P 219,000 every month.

The CoA said it is now looking into the allowances of the Senate executives which are based on a 2005 estimate of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

This came on the heels of CoA’s earlier question on the budgetary releases to Sen. Panfilo Lacson who has been in hiding for the past nine months after being hounded by a murder case. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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