Regular personnel and department heads of Bacolod City, who fail to liquidate their total cash advances amounting to P10,025,866 ,may face administrative and criminal charges, Baoclod City Legal Officer Josleito Bayatan said yesterday.
Bayatan gave former executive assistant Mae Cuaycong, former Social Services and Development head Pacita Tero, Edsel Casilagan, City Health Office nursing assistant Diana Besañes, Ma. Fe Trespuentes, and Victor Emmanuel five days to answer the show cause memorandum he issued them last week.
He said they may face administrative charges for gross neglect of duty or criminal charges for failure to liquidate, either with the Ombudsman or City Prosecutor's Office.
If they cannot fully liquidate their cash advances the possibility of filing malversation of public funds against them is also being considered he added.
Bayatan said Cuaycong had unliquidated cash advances amounting to P3 million for APEC 2015; Tero had unliquidated cash advances amounting to P84,866 for the Philippine National Games, Manila, and P3.5 million for APEC 2015;
Bayatan said Casilag had a unliquidated cash advance of P500,000 for Philippines representation to the HongKong International Chinese New Year Celebration on Feb. 15 to 22, 2015; Besañes had cash advance of P500,000 for Panaad sa Negros Festival 2015,
He said Espina of the General Services Office had unliquidated cash advance of P400,000 for the 2014 Charter Day Celebration, while Trespuentes under the Department of Public Services, had unliquidated cash advance of P2,041,000 for the 2015 Charter Day Celebration obtained on Nov. 2, 2015.
Bayatan said that under COA rules, cash advances should be liquidated within the year it was availed of, while under the Civil Services rules, they should be liquidated in full.
He said not one of the department heads or employees had submitted ledgers or liquidation of their cash advances from the city taken in 2014 and 2015.
In their initial explanation submitted to him Bayatan said three out of the six city employees claimed that they did not know about the Commission on Audit rules regarding the liquidation of cash advances.
This shows the irresponsible kind of government the previous administration was, he said.
All of them submitted explanations but there were no ledgers. It was pure and simple admission that they have made cash advances, he added.CGS
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