The Department of Education (DepEd) needs to account for P1.9 billion in unliquidated cash advances as of the end of 2019, according to the Commission on Audit (COA).
“The unliquidated cash advances as [of] December 31, 2019, in DepEd CO (central office) and 14 ROs (regional offices) under Advances accounts had a significant aggregate balance of P1,922,340,516.26,” COA said.
The audit agency said the unliquidated cash advances include those coming from retired, resigned, transferred or deceased former personnel of the DepEd regional offices in Regions 2, 5 and 8. This amounted to about P3 million in total.
“The same observation was noted in ROs VI (Schools Division Office Cadiz City) and III (SDO Nueva Ecija), however, the amount pertaining to the deficiency was not mentioned. The liquidation/settlement of the said accounts is doubtful,” COA said.
To help remedy the situation, COA said DepEd should resort to “withholding of salaries or any money due to them, including appropriate legal sanctions pursuant to Article 218 of the Revised Penal Code for failure to render accounts.”
The breakdown of the DepEd’s unliquidated cash advances as of the end of 2019 are as follows: Central Office, P101.8 million; National Capital Region, P158.9 million; Region 1, P70 million; Region 2, P15.3 million; Region 3, P34.7 million; Region 4B, P93.9 million; Region 5, P445.5 million; Region 6, P411 million; Region 7, P4.7 million;
Region 8, P15.7 million; Region 9, P79.5 million; Region 10, P59.8 million; Region 11, P14.8 million; Region 12, P290.3 million; and Region 13, P125.6 million. SOVEREIGNPH