Solicitor General Jose Calida stated the Commission on Audit can’t dictate what his workplace ought to in relation to receiving allowances and honoraria.
Calida made the assertion in response to COA’s 2016 audit report which accused the Office of the Solicitor General of receiving extreme allowances and additional compensation.
COA cited Circular 85-25-E which gives that the cost of companies, incentives, remunerations, honoraria and all different further compensations to authorities officers and workers “shall not exceed 50 percent of their annual basic salary.”
The COA reported Calida, who assumed workplace on June 30, had acquired allowances in extra of P1.123 million.
It additionally reported that his predecessor, Florin Hilbay, acquired extra by P4.662 million.
“The OSG is steadfast in its position that a COA administrative circular cannot abrogate a substantive law such as the OSG Charter,” Calida stated.