Commission on Audit bares unliquidated anti-drugs funds

Commission on Audit

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) has revealed in its report that about P50 million anti-drug funds released from 2010 to 2013 remain unliquidated.

According to the audit report, the unaccounted funds have reached P49,218,561.36 million.

The funds were released by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) to other government offices and non-government organizations (NGOs) for anti-drug-related projects.

These funds were 83 percent of the amount which the DDB distributed to national government agencies (NGA), local government units (LGUs), and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).

Before 2010, the CoA noted P1,208,165.85 that was not liquidated.

“Eighty-five percent or P50,427,527.21 of the P59,491,577.34 inter-agency receivables were aged more than five years caused by the non-enforcement of the provisions of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DDB and the implementing agencies and COA Circular Nos. 94-013 and 2007-001 dated December 13, 1994 and October 25, 2007, respectively,” CoA said.

The report showed that most of the still unliquidated funds were given to NGA, with P46.05 million in accounts aged over five years, and P831,946 in accounts over ten years.

Then followed by funds appropriated to LGUs, or P3.164 million (over five years) and P166,348 (over ten years).

It added that most of these funds were intended for the maintenance of drug treatment and rehabilitation centers, establishment of new facilities, operation of existing centers, and the purchase of supplies.