MANILA, Philippines?The Bureau of Immigration directed all of the agency?s officials and employees with outstanding cash advances to liquidate them as soon as possible or face possible administrative and criminal charges.
The Office of the Ombudsman reported that the bureau had nearly P10 million in unliquidated cash advances, but bureau officer-in-charge Ronaldo Ledesman said the amount has already been reduced to about P2 million.
Nonetheless Ledesma ordered the bureau?s finance division to issue final demand letters to the concerned officials and employees for the settlement of unliquidated cash advances.
He said that failure on the part of the employees to comply with the directive will cause the bureau?s payroll section to deduct the cash advances from their salaries.
?The bureau is at one with the Office of the Ombudsman in carrying out steps and measures to attain high standards of ethics and efficiency in government services,? he said in a statement.
The bureau?s finance chief clarified that its outstanding cash advances had been reduced to only P2.021 million as of Aug. 15.
Elvira Presado, finance and management division head, said the Ombudsman?s report that the bureau?s cash advances amounted to P9.88 million pertained to outstanding cash advances as of May 31 this year. This was reflected in a schedule that was submitted to the Commission on Audit, she added.
Presado said that in most cases, and so as not to hamper the agency?s operations, cash advances were released to accountable employees while liquidation reports on prior cash advances of the same employees were still being processed or completed.
Presado gave assurances that her office was exercising ?extraordinary diligence? to liquidate within the period prescribed by law and in conformity with the COA?s rules and regulations.
Presado said her office will initiate the filing of administrative charges, if warranted, against accountable officers who may violate the rules and policies on cash advances.