COA uncovers questionable transactions in state-run university in Nueva Vizcaya

April 10, 2013 10:49 pm 

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, April 10 — The Commission on Audit (COA) has recently uncovered questionable and irregular transactions within the Nueva Vizcaya State University’s (NVSU) Bambang campus amounting to more than P1 million.

COA’s discovery of the alleged irregular transactions came after one Arturo Cruz, who claimed to be an employee of the university, wrote a complaint letter to the agency and copy furnished President Benigno Aquino III and the Office of the Ombudsman.

“Right now, we are awaiting for (sic) the result of the investigation which will also contain the recommendations for those employees and officials involved in this transactions,” an NVSU employee, who refused to be named, said.

In a letter to Florentina Dumlao, NVSU president, COA regional director Evelyn Abad said the questionable transactions were paid out of the funds of the university and asked for their cooperation and assistance to facilitate the conduct of the audit investigation.

Abad also named the following as members of the audit team: Susan Ramirez, Juanita Capili, Aileen Vergara and Nadja Lyn Camacam.

Based on the complaint, the questioned transactions range from reimbursement payment of supplies and payment of administrative cost.

Cruz, the complainant, claimed that these vouchers were done monthly with same amounts, same particulars and the payees were heads of offices.

“ I am afraid who will take accountabilities of these when two of the payees were already dead and retired,” Cruz said in his complaint.

He said the transactions were paid through cash advances of the cashier and paid to cash to the payees.

Heads of offices and several auditors were also receiving fringes and benefits and honoraria which is equivalent to four months salary of a casual employee.

“This revelation will support the quest of our president for a clean and morally upright thrust of governance of our president as clearly expressed by his Daang Matuwid advocacy,” Cruz said. (PNA)

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