The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is now being questioned after the Commission on Audit (CoA) found that the agency led by Chairman Chito Gascon had some P3.7 million worth of unliquidated cash advances in 2017.
According to the report of tribune.net, the audit showed that there’s 1.066 worth of unliquidated cash advances from employees and P2.565 million from special disbursing officers.
In CHR Eastern Visayas, COA found that human rights officers were issued P122,558 worth of cash advances despite the non-liquidation of previous cash advances.
Meanwhile, at CHR Zamboanga Peninsula, cash advances were not bonded were released to employees.
According to CoA this “may result in possible loss of government funds,”
CoA recommended that CHR should impose sanctions against their officials who “neglect obligations in handling cash advances in accordance with existing laws, rules and regulations,”
The most intriguing part is CHR also spent so much money by doing their seminars and training in hotels, it also booked rooms for the participants, instead of saving government funds by only renting function rooms.
“CHR could have minimized the incurrence of a substantial amount of training expenses had it either provided training venues within the office premises or utilized available resources and government facilities; or had the agency held the 20 seminars/workshops on a non-residential (live-out) basis,” COA said.
CHR several years ago has been threatened by the House of the Representatives that they would receive only P1,000 budget.
However, it was restored after several debates in the plenary hall.