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Nagpaliwanag ang Office of the Vice President (OVP) matapos kwestyunin ng Commission on Audit (COA) ang tulong na ipinapaabot ng tanggapan sa ilang local government unit.

Ayon sa OVP, handang tumugon ang kanilang tanggapan sa hinihinging requirements ng COA gaya ng dokumento ukol sa budget na nakukuha ng LGUs mula sa kanilang Angat Buhay program.

Bukod dito, patuloy din daw ang koordinasyon ng tanggapan sa bawat recepient na LGU para tumalima sa kanilang obligasyon.

“We accept COA’s reminder to ensure that all requirements should be submitted. Fortunately, these LGUs still have until December 31, 2019 to comply, as specified in their Memorandum of Agreement with the OVP, which COA has likewise noted. Nevertheless, the OVP continues to remind the LGU recipients of their obligations. The office has also formed a Project Management Unit early this year, whose responsibilities include compiling the documentary requirements from the LGUs.”

Kaugnay nito nilinaw ng OVP na dumaan sa mabusising proseso ang pagpili sa mga LGU na binigyan ng tulong.

“We also wish to clarify that the requesting LGUs were selected through a set of criteria that considers their localities’ needs or their record of good governance. COA has been provided with the explanation for how each of these areas has passed the criteria, in response to their comment. Additionally, as observed by COA, we continue our efforts in gaining a deeper understanding of the circumstances in the localities—which include some of the farthest and poorest areas in the country—as well as in validating the necessity and implementation of the LGUs’ proposed projects. “

“Under the leadership of Vice President Leni Robredo, the OVP is committed not only to abiding by the rules set by oversight agencies, but by its own internal controls—in a bid to implement a more prudent spending of government funds. Rest assured that the office will continuously improve on its processes, in order to better serve the Filipino people.”