State auditors scored the Office of Civil Defense for its failure to submit the consolidated report on the standing of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (DRRMF).

In its 2016 annual audit report, the Commission on Audit (COA) stated the OCD is tasked to consolidate all of the month-to-month reviews submitted by all businesses and native authorities items required of them underneath the Republic Act 10121 or the “Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.”

Under Section 22 (d) of Republic Act 10121, “All departments/agencies and LGUs that are allocated with DRRM fund shall submit to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) their monthly statements on the utilization of DRRM funds and make an accounting thereof in accordance with existing accounting and auditing rules.”

COA reminded the OCD of the COA Circular No. 2014-002 which states that, “the OCD shall prepare monthly reports consolidating the reports … and annual reports based on the consolidated monthly reports.”

COA stated the non-submission of the reviews precluded COA to check and validate the information reported by numerous audit groups within the presentation of the general use of the DRRM fund.

COA stated the failure of the OCD to consolidate the reviews additionally precluded COA in getting ready its Annual Consolidated Report on the DRRM Fund, which might information the stakeholders to carry out higher in addressing disaster danger reduction administration considerations.

“Transparency of and accountability in the use of disaster funds is considerably important to the donors, stakeholders and the public. Availability of information in the receipt and utilization of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund and donations will show the whole picture on how the fund was used,” COA stated.

In its remark, the Policy Development and Planning Service justified that there was no report submitted by the involved businesses and native authorities items for consolidation.

COA beneficial the OCD administration to require the stakeholders to submit the required reviews in compliance with Section 2.2 of Republic Act 10121; and for the OCD to undergo the audit crew a consolidated report in compliance with Section V.A.2, COA Circular No. 2014-002.

Under the “Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010,” the OCD is allowed because the implementing arm and secretariat of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

It is tasked to manage a complete national civil protection and disaster danger reduction and administration program to cut back the dangers and hazards of pure disasters.

Source: politics.com.ph