MANILA – The Audit Commission has requested the Ministry of Justice to liquidate a total of 75.141 million pesos in cash advances made by agents and staff of the agency.
In the 2021 annual audit report on the DOJ, state auditors noted that out of 190.22 million pesos, 115.078 million pesos were either liquidated or refunded, leaving a balance of 75.141 million pesos.
“We have recommended that management direct all relevant accountable officers to liquidate their cash advances within the prescribed time frame,” the auditors said.
A breakdown of the balance showed unliquidated cash advances to the Office of the Secretary’s Confidential Fund worth $23.698 million, the Witness Protection Security and Benefits Program Confidential Fund worth $44.777 million. pesos and the Confidential Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking Fund of 6.619 million pesos. .
Other advances were for operating expenses and those made by other DOJ officers and employees.
The auditors reiterated that all cash advances must be fully liquidated at the end of each year.
“A cash advance must be declared and liquidated as soon as the purpose for which it was granted has been achieved,” the auditors said.
The audit report also noted uncommitted or unused allocations amounting to P316.209 million mainly due to unimplemented planned projects. This represents about 3.26% of the department’s total allocations worth 9.712 billion pesos.
“These are still significant and are more than enough to affect the level of effectiveness of the Department’s implementation capabilities,” the auditors noted.
The DOJ, however, told auditors that some of the funds were intended for use in 2022, such as network switches for the department’s communications networks.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also affected projects, according to DOJ management.
“Implementation of the projects in question has been halted due to the implementation of several community quarantine measures and work suspensions during calendar years 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” they said. listeners noted.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra received a copy of the report on May 30, 2022.