Solon wants mandatory pre-audit of government disbursements

A lawmaker is pushing for the approval of a measure requiring all government expenditures to go through mandatory pre-audit examinations
prior to the disbursement of public funds.

Rep. Rachel Marguerite Del Mar (1st District, Cebu City) said House Bill 372, which she authored, requires mandatory  pre-audit  on all
infrastructure projects, procurement of goods and consulting services of the government.

Del Mar said the pre-audit examination will protect the disbursement of public funds and conserve government resources as well as minimize
losses from Illegal expenditures.

“In these hard times, the government  needs all the funds it can possibly save and have because of the alarming budgetary deficit,” Del
Mar said.

Del Mar said the pre-audit may establish another level of review and may result in the delay and implementation of urgent government

The measure mandates the Commission on Audit (COA) to conduct thorough and complete pre- audit examination on all expenditures and uses of
public funds on infrastructure projects, procurement of goods and consulting services, including  lease of goods and real property on
any branch, office, agency or instrumentality of the government.

Included in the coverage are government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), financial institutions and state universities
and colleges and local government units (LGUs).

The proposed act is not applicable to constitutional bodies and offices that have been granted fiscal autonomy. D’Jay Lazaro

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