Return P9M, PCSO board told

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MANILA, Philippines—The five members of the current Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board of directors received more than P9 million in unauthorized salaries and allowances in 2011, according to an audit report for the year by the Commission on Audit (COA).

The COA in the report ordered the board members to return the amount to the government.

“We recommended that the BOD (board of directors) refund the salaries, allowances and benefits received for CY 2011 totaling P9.617 million, otherwise the same will be disallowed in audit,” the COA said.

“We also recommended the submission of supporting documents such as lists of attendance with signatures, minutes of meetings and other documents to prove that the BOD actually attended the meetings and draw proceedings,” it said.

The board was paid P5.507 million in per diems for board meetings, committee meetings and draw allowances (paid for attending lottery draws) but still collected an extra P9,617,576.25 representing salaries, transportation, educational assistance, sweepstakes and lotto draw allowances, revenue performance incentives, cost of living, hazard, rice and staple food, clothing and other benefits, the report said.

The COA said the payment of salaries, allowances and benefits totaling P9.617 million to the board members, in addition to their per diems and differential of per diems, was against Executive Order Nos. 19 and 24 dated Dec. 30, 2010, and Feb. 10, 2011, respectively.

Extended suspension

EO 19 extended the suspension of allowances, bonuses, incentives and other perks to directors of government-owned and -controlled corporations and government financial institutions, but allowed reasonable per diems, until Jan. 31, 2011.

On the other hand, EO 24 provided that board members shall not be allowed to receive salaries, allowances, benefits and other bonuses unless specifically authorized by law and approved by the President.

“In view of the effectivity of the suspension order and in the absence of approval from the Office of the President… the disbursements made therefore lacked legal basis, thus, could not be allowed in audit,” the COA said.

The PCSO board is composed of Chair Margarita Juico, Joaquin Francisco III, Betty Nantes, Ma. Aleta Tolentino and Mabel Mamba. Cynthia D. Balana

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Philippines Charity Switik Office…

  • Guest

    The timing of this order for the PCSO board to return P9 million is rather curious. It comes in the heels of the damaging testimony of one of the board members (Aleta Tolentino) against the government’s case charging GMA of plunder. Aleta Tolentino testified in court late last month that the PCSO board could not find any evidence to suggest that GMA and her co-accused plundered the PCSO funds. Aleta Tolentino is the sidekick of PNoy appointee Margie Juico and supposedly the star witness of the government. But facts are facts and the board could only exaggerate the allegations against GMA et al so much. In the end, there’s no evidence of plunder.

    For not fabricating evidence against GMA et al, for not trying hard enough to frame up GMA et al, the PCSO board is now being asked to return their generous perks. Is this PNoy’s way of penalizing those who do not go after PNoy’s perceived enemies?

    The timing is rather curious. Just asking.

  • $23257130

    wow ha grave na talaga ang corruption sa panahon ni abnoytard. ppppppppwwwweeeehhhhh kadiri eeeeewwwwww

  • Dy Pailad

    Unlike the COA in GMA’s time, the present COA under Pnoy exposes and disallows questionable transactions in government instead of conspiring with the greedy in sucking government treasury dry. Thanks COA.

    • IbigMongSabihin

      hmmm, fanatical mind meron ka, iho. how can you generalized your comparison to favor one and destroy the other? that’s a sign of fanaticism! especially considering na ang multi-billion pesos (yes multi-billion!) na cash-transfer program ni pinoy na pinamimigay sa mga poor families on monthly basis ay walang auditing kung sinu-sino at kung saan-saang lupalop napupunta. as far as i know, walang ni isang absolutely poor family sa pinaggalingang kong bayan ang nakakatanggap ng rasyon na ito. yet ang press release ay at least 1 in every 10 pilipino families ang nakakatanggap ng rasyon na ito. really? hmmm…

      • Dy Pailad

        Cash transfers were started by GMA, how about an audit from that time until now, para yong accusations mo may basehan.

      • IbigMongSabihin

        correct, it was started by GMA about a year before she vacated malacanang. but only for about half million people in selective areas that can be easily monitored and managed by the social welfare. it was a test run. now, if you go to archived news, you can confrim na ng biglang pinalaki ang cash transfer ni noynoy aquino ng manalo iito noong 2010 ay quoted ang past admin officials including GMA sa pag remind kay noynoy na wala pang adequate evaluartion and monitoring safeguard ang program. but noynoy and his planners proceeded to expand the cash transfer program to about 10 million people for whatever reason, political or not. this program is not subjected to COA inspection, but last year due to various criticisms ay nagkaroon ng informal COA auditing sa ilang regions at ang lumabas ay ang inaasahan na maraming beneficiaries ay gainfully employed, professionals, businessmen, etc. they were cancelled sa listing, then silence na ulit. i do not favor this type of governance. btw, cash transfer program provides monthly cash of around P1000-3000 sa mapapalad na individuals. sabi ng iba, this is an indirect but effective way of developing captived voters.

      • Dy Pailad

        You should have talked to GMA because she just congratulated herself for starting that successful program which this present goverment is implementing. The problem with Philippine politics is our politicians always start with a clean slate that is why we are not progressing at full steam. It is a good program that even rich nations do their poor ctizens in the form of unemployment benefits.

        During GMA’s time I also saw it as vote buying together with the distribution of Philhealth cards. But Filipinos have become wiser. Gibo did not win just as LP will not win 12 seats in the senate because of cash transfers. Nancy, JV and Jackie will win even without it.

  • superpilipinas

    See why Team PNoy does not want FOI?

    FOI will reveal their incompetence and corruption. It will not be selective of whom it will expose, allies or opponents.

    Do not vote for TRAPOS, POLITICAL DYNASTIES, SHOWBIZ PERSONALITIES, and benefactors of PATRONAGE POLTICS. These types of people comprise the

    TEAM PNOY, UNA, NP, NPC, Lakas, PRP, and all existing parties. Let’s not give them a second chance.

    Let’s give the Philippines a better chance to progress.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/74DX67S5U6H557SPUXS5XZ6QJI Alisto Juan

    Old practice never die and they would say that “that’s what they had been practicing and we just following it, malaki pa nga sa panahon ni GMA” just like Miriam DS. 

    Walang matino na Pilipino basta nakaupo na sa puesto at nakatikim ng nakaw. .  

  • pabulaka

    This issue about PCSO is so hard to analyze because we were not inside the corridors of power in these 2 administration. We merely rely on news reporting, which we really know, is more inaccurate than accurate. So stop bickering and just wait for the truth to come out. It will come out for sure.

    • Omeng Castro

       Truth???? check mo sa COA ang baduy Mo!!! yellowtards..

  • speedstream2

    Is this the typical case of what are we in power for? Or is it that it’s easier to walk the wide-open crooked path rather than the narrow straight path? Well, when one reads items like this, one can’t help but think about those hardworking, low-income government utility workers or taxi drivers who return found valuables and cash with no second thoughts and simply say: “It’s not ours”.

  • doublecross

    naku…abangan ko nga eto. si juico…pls. pakisauli ninyo pera ng bayan.

  • patawad

    Sukang suka na ako sa tuwid na daan, kayo-  kaya pa ba ng sikmura ninyo?

    • scorpio15

      Ilagay mo rine ang reklamo at bakit sukang suka ka na sa tuwid na da-an. Dapat meron bang Magic Wand???

    • Dy Pailad

      Ibahin mo paminsan minsan ang ulam mo, minsan talbos ng camote, saluyot o di kaya kangkong. Tiis tiis lang, pagsi Binay nanalo tyak litson ka na naman araw araw.

  • Rovingmoron

    Isn’t this crazy? While other government employees are financially hard up, there are employees and officials in other governnment offices who receive more than what is required by law. The PCSO is no exception, and so with other GOCCs in the midst. And some  board of directors are abusing their functions by overstepping the rules and regulations set by the Commission on Audit. This is nothing but purely a show of abuses by the PCSO board.

  • UrHONOR

    >>>MANILA, Philippines—The five members of the current Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board of directors received more than P9 million in unauthorized salaries and allowances in 2011, according to anaudit report for the year by the Commission on Audit (COA).<<<

    UNAUTHORIZED???  Dapat pa-kasuhan ni PNoy kaagad ang mga TNL na mga BS (bantay-salakay) na 'to para makita ng mamamayan kung gaano katuwid ang daan ngayon.  Hindi pa nga tapos yong kaso sa mga PCSO officers nung panahon ni pands, e, heto na naman ang kasong pangungulimbat!  ANO ba meron dyan sa PCSO at parang magnet ito sa mga malilikot ang kamay at maliliksi ang kaisipan sa pagbubulsa ng hindi kanila?  HOY! mga TNL, yong kwarta ng bayan na pinagkatiwala sa inyo, huwag ninyong i-uwi at i-deposito sa personal bank accts ninyo….mahiya kayo kay PNoy na nagtitiwala sa inyo!!!

  • resortman

    Ang PCSO po ay matagal ng gatasan ng mga namumuno at pulitiko mula pa noong itinatag yan..ang napupunta kunwari sa “charity” o kawanggawa kung saan dito dapat matuon ang pondo, ay kakapiranggot na porsyento lamang..Dugo at pawis ng mamamayan ang bumubuhay sa ahensyang yan, kultura ng pagsusugal ng mga pinoy na kung saan nagsimula ay isang mahabang argumento..bunga ng masamang kultura at sistema,magbubunga din ng masamang “precedent” o pangyayari…ang isang puno ba ng mali ay magbubunga ng mabuti!??

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    ano kayo sini-suwerte? nai-tae na yun kaya huwag na kayong mangarap na ibabalik nila yun

  • Omeng Castro

    DAANG MATUWID. bow!

  • JasonBieber

    So what now? Will the PNoy administration find some way to blame this of Gloria was well?

    Will they use this to file another case against her?

    With or without Gloria shady things still happen in the government and their respective agencies. She did a lot of good for the nation…don’t blame things on her that she had nothing to do with and this is referring to the PCSO plunder case against her which has no evidence and is merely keeping her detained unnecessarily.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    Alam nila na aganga ang boss nila, kaya pirma ng pirma ito sa marginal notes maari siyang kasohan ng plunder pagkatapos ng term niya.

  • $5699914

    kasuhan kapag hindi ibinalik…walang sinasanto dapat!
     

  • disqusted0fu

    Now let’s see how the Aquino administration reacts on this… That’s if they will react, they might just ignore this. They go all out against GMA with the alleged misuse of PCSO funds but no matter how hard they try to convict her, there is just no evidence to show. While they keep on trying, it is actually the officials under the Aquino administration who are attempting to pull one off; anomalies here, there and everywhere without consequences. That’s what the straight path is all about.

  • wakats

    I did not expect the presence of Lolong in some agencies other than congress….

  • JasonBieber

     The PNoy group is so busy running after GMA with no evidence that they’ve overlooked the current PCSO that seems to be taking money right under their noses.

    It would be great to hear the Palace’s reasoning for this.

    They’re so eager to attack GMA…how come they can’t even properly account and maintain a ‘daan matuwid’ environment at the PCSO now?

  • disqusted0fu

    I wouldn’t be surprised if these current PCSO board members will not return the money and yet get away with it. That’s how it’s been in this Aquino administration. Everyone who is for the administration is granted the liberty in doing whatever they want, but those who are considered administration opponents are punished regardless if they have or have not done anything wrong.

    The Aquino administration keep on accusing GMA and her administration of plundering PCSO funds when it seems like it is people under their administration who are trying to do so.

  • lostRunes

    9 million? Garapalan! Kasalanan ni Gloria to! Ikulong na mga hayop na yan!

    Ay
    si Juico pala yan kaibigan ng presidente. Explain mo nalang sa
    Malacanang yan tapos makakalimutan na yan ng taumbayan, hihi….

    July 2012 – “PCSO Chairperson Margarita Juico on
    Monday decried a Philippine Daily Inquirer report …. improperly received millions in benefits in 2010, saying that
    agency officials had sought and secured the President’s approval of its
    board members’ compensation package.

    Sige hulihin niyo
    nalang si Isko dahil sa binggo at si Garcia sa Cebu.. sila lang naman
    yung masasama… mga taga Liberal Party mga sobrang bait yan di
    makabasag pinggan…
     

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