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COA upholds P36.7M
BASOC disallowance

The Commission on Audit upheld the notice of disallowance it issued in 2004 in connection with the P36.7 million financial assistance granted by the Philippines Sports Commission to the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee chaired by former Bacolod Rep. Monico Puentevella.

In its decision dated November 9, COA denied the petition for review filed by Puentevella in February 2015 after the National Government Sector Cluster 1 affirmed the notice of disallowance in its January 2015 decision.

A plunder case has been filed against Puentevella, as former chairman of BASOC, by former Philippine Sports Commissioner chairman Harry Angping on Sept. 14, 2009 accusing the former solon for having amassed wealth amounting to P50.5 million, which he deposited to his personal-joint checking account in a local bank. moremoremore

SRA probes forged
import documents

The Sugar Regulatory Administration is investigating the discovery of forged documents for the importation of 40,000 MT tons of sugar, SRA Administrator Anna Rosario Paner said yesterday.

The “SRA will not take this incident lightly and will launch an investigation into these irregularities,” she said.

Such forgeries are detrimental to the “integrity of SRA documents vs. the innocent public and smuggling despite healthy (sugar) supply”, she told the DAILY STAR.

Sugar leaders yesterday commended Paner for her vigilance. . moremoremore


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Exec: NORSU failed to comply,
submit voucher requirements

Department of Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones yesterday said that the Negros Oriental State University failed to comply with and submit on time the requirements for the downloading of vouchers for its Senior High School students under the K to 12 program.

This, in turn, resulted in the delay of the DepEd's downloading of the vouchers to NORSU because the Department of Budget and Management had to recall the allocation in October, Briones said in a telephone interview.

She lamented that it was unfair that DepEd was being “attacked” on social media for not attending to the plight of the unpaid NORSU part-time teachers. .