CoA orders payment to money claims of 4Ps conduits

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
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THE companies that served as conduits in the payouts for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) can now collect payments from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The Commission on Audit (CoA) said the money claims were filed by the conduits namely Globe G-Cash, Philippine Postal Corp., MLhuillier,  Land Bank of the Philippines and other rural banks.

The total amount of payouts has reached to P277.99 million in 2013 and prior years.

Of the amount, PHLPost submitted the biggest billing totaling P129.85 million followed by Globe G-Cash amounting to P81.34 million.

The others were: MLhuillier -- P35.15 million;  Cash Card -- P20.79 million; rural banks or countryside financial institutions -- P8.9 million, and over-the-counter pay-outs -- P1.95 million.
In its prior ruling, CoA chairman Michael Aguinaldo and Commissioners Jose Fabia and Isabel  Agito,  had deferred approval of the money claims and instead remanded it to the supervising auditors of the DSWD and the LBP after noting several discrepancies.
Audit report noticed discrepancies on disbursement vouchers which did not tally with the statement of account submitted; on  the variance in the amounts of service fees being charged compared to the various agreements with the conduits; and on the non-submission of the individual contracts or memorandum of agreement between LBP and the CCT conduits to claim service fees.
The CoA refused to accept the explanation of the DSWD that there are minor errors in the “service fees of unliquidated grants and some minor billing.”
The CoA said the DSWD failed to submit supporting documents on this matter.
In a memorandum dated July 3, 2016, the supervising auditor of the DSWD submitted its findings on the revalidation of the claims.
It said it is processing P673.95 million in total billings from companies handling payout to CCT beneficiary families but has only prepared disbursement vouchers for P277,933,167.09 of those claims.
This was adjusted to P277,989,928.29 to cover errors of data encoding and computation.
While all CCT transactions pass through LBP, it is the DSWD that reviews liquidation documents of actual payout to CCT households as well as the billing statements by the conduits.
LBP’s roles is limited to determining that the correct service fees are charged based on existing MoAs.
The CoA Commission Proper granted the money claims saying it is satisfied with the explanation and completion of supporting documents.