The Commission on Audit (CoA) has ordered active and separated officers of the Philippin e Coast Guard (PCG) to immediately settle or refund their unliquidated cash advances totaling more than P24 million or face sanctions.

In a report released over the weekend, the CoA also revealed that the Coast Guard may have wasted P26 million because 17 generator sets have not been used.

The report said the P24.3-million unliquidated cash advances were recorded as of December 31, 2017.

Of the P24.3 million, P7.7 million were advances for operating expenses; P14.2 million were released to special disbursing officers for the labor payroll of various projects; and P2.3 million for the official travel and trainings or seminars of PCG officers and employees.

 “Analyses of the schedule of the advances disclosed that the delayed liquidation is attributed to (PCG) management’s failure to regularly monitor and enforce prompt liquidation of advances by the concerned PCG personnel, as well as the granting of additional cash advances despite non-liquidation of previous advances,” the CoA report said.
The commission said the PCG should immediately settle the unliquidated cash advances of the officers and employees or their salaries will be withheld.

The CoA also tasked the PCG to send demand letters to the retired, separated or resigned accountable officers and employees for the immediate settlement of their cash advances.

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