COA: SolGen Calida got P7.46M in excess allowances a year ago

COA: SolGen Calida got P7.46M in excess allowances a year ago

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Solicitor General Jose Calida got more than P7.46 million in excess allowances in 2017, covering more than 70 percent of the P10.77 million in honoria given to 15 officials of the Office of the Solicitor General for their legal services, the Commission on Audit (COA) said in its annual audit report.

State auditors said Calida received a total of P8.376 million in allowances last year either through the OSG-Financial Management Service (FMS) or received the funds directly.

In this manner, P8.376 million short the P913,950 greatest admissible recompenses would bring about P7.46 million in abundance.

The COA said this is in opposition to COA Circular 85-25-E dated April 25, 1985 which expresses that administration authorities can just get recompenses which won’t surpass 50 percent of their yearly fundamental compensation.

This implies, Calida, who procures P1.827 million yearly, can just get extra stipends of up to P913,950.

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COA main records

State inspectors had hailed Calida over a similar issue in 2016, when he supposedly got P1.123 million while his forerunner, Florin Hilbay, got P4.662 million.

In light of COA records, 14 other OSG authorities who got abundance remittances in 2017, to be specific: Henry Angeles, Herman Cimafranca, James Cundangan, Renan Ramos, Rex Pascual, Bernard Hernandez, Ma. Antonia Edita Dizon, Raymund Rigodon, Danilo Leyva, Lilian Abenojar, John Dale Ballinan, Perfecto Adelfo Chua Cheng, Leney Delfin-Layug and Gift Mohametano.

“The honoraria/recompenses paid to some OSG officers for lawful administrations and counsel rendered to customer offices had surpassed the fifth percent of the yearly essential compensation by P10,774,283.92 — in opposition to Item 4 of COA Circular No. 85-25-E dated April 25, 1985,” COA said.

It included that the OSG-FMS neglected to require OSG legal counselors of the honoria or remittances they got from their customers, bringing about ill-advised checking of these advantages for tax collection purposes.

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OSG legal counselors incorporate

Customers that looked for the administrations of the OSG legal counselors incorporate the Development Bank of the

Philippines which paid P1.6 million to the OSG, the Department of National Defense (P480,000), Occidental Mindoro

State College (P148,500), and the Central Bank of Board Liquidators (P123,675).

COA suggested that OSG legal counselors “discount the abundance sum got and store the same to the OSG’s Trust Fund.”

Accordingly, the OSG contended the lawfulness of the extra pay, refering to Presidential Decree 478 and Executive

Order 297 that “approve OSG legal advisors to get stipends and honoraria for the legitimate administrations they render without capability.”

State examiners COA, be that as it may, emphasized its position on the inconsistency of the recompenses the 15 OSG attorneys had gotten.

“Despite everything we keep up our view that the receipt of honoraria/stipends more than half of their yearly

compensations must be liable to confinement as put forward under COA Circular No. 85-25-E,” COA said in its reply.

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Seven OSG staff just got under P4,000

Conversely, the COA featured the remuneration of seven OSG workers who got underneath the commanded

least salary of P4,000 because of finance derivations from reimbursements of unpaid amortizations on different credits.

It said the training is infringing upon Section 47 of the General Provisions of the General Appropriations Act of 2017.

Six OSG representatives got around P3,000 while one just had a salary of P1,008.72, COA records appear.

“We prescribed that administration entirely uphold and execute the arrangements stipulated in the GAA [General

Appropriations Act] on the base salary of workers,” COA said.

In any case, the OSG administration revealed to COA that the Provident Fund Board consented to expand the

term of the workers’ multi-reason advances from 36 to four years.

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