An official of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) headed by Secretary Martin Andanar as denied any irregularity in reference to its bills and disbursements after the Commission on Audit stated it has at the least P2.98 million in unliquidated cash.
PCOO Undersecretary Noel Puyat on Saturday (July 15) stated the company’s utilization of funds have been “regular, actual and necessary in the performance of its functions as the government’s chief communications and media relations agency.”
“Consecutive ‘Statements of Audit Suspensions, Disallowances and Charges’ from the Commission on Audit (COA) show that there have been no suspended nor disallowed expenses by the PCOO since we assumed office in July 2016 and that we have been very transparent and regular in all our transactions,” he stated.
Citing the COA’s most up-to-date annual audit for the PCOO, Puyat stated there was no Notice of Suspension, Disallowance and Charges issued” final yr.
In its report, the COA stated 14 PCOO officers didn’t adjust to the required liquidation of cash advances for President Rodrigo Duterte’s official travels inside the prescribed interval.
But Puyat stated presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in specific, has submitted all his receipts and the liquidation of his cash advances inside days from his arrival from official trips with Duterte.
He added that PCOO can be working to harmonize the information between its Accounting workplace and the COA.