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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0687 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01833 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03442 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51646 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02528 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0333 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03741 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.57108 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03151 Bulgarian Lev
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1 Philippine Peso = 32.75309 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02527 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12832 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07203 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27899 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19255 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 374.4856 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03737 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02464 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01868 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.20576 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12563 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 53.5578 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.55649 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77142 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41506 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.32024 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11972 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93303 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19981 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25129 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33389 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51106 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01606 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03917 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01429 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01431 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08962 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.88982 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.66816 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14005 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.88103 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1468 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44747 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1187 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26057 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.20183 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.36027 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06796 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28159 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.25963 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 813.69248 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99588 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.43547 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01325 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11107 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.8771 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27484 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.70146 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.90311 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.83502 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.15413 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00566 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01534 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.4508 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.22035 Lao Kip
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.98915 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 3.00412 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24822 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01161 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02573 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17723 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31076 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98373 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.78638 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.80995 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15122 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.64048 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64347 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29125 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.40105 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35353 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07589 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24819 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.7153 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58586 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15284 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04293 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02753 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00719 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06114 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06073 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.39618 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0692 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.97905 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06809 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07472 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.95267 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07015 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14747 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25122 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33483 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16573 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02554 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0143 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41538 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 153.38571 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.68088 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 393.68313 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16367 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.633 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24845 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62252 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04952 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04351 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08966 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12587 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57159 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.49906 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49158 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.56977 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58277 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 145.09914 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 2239.05724 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 431.12608 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04265 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04883 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05051 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90591 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.67265 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24818 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 97.07258 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76955 Zimbabwe dollar

2017 DOT audit: A recital of excesses, incompetence

FOR the year 2017, the Department of Tourism chugged along with minimal direction while spending hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money on programs and projects with hazy objectives, minimal monitoring, and token compliance with existing rules on propriety.

In its 161-page audit report on the DOT released Wednesday evening, the Commission on Audit listed 33 findings that underscored extravagance, abuse of office, and disregard of the agency’s mandate.

Government auditors said former Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo skirted prohibitions on conflict of interest and may have violated the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in relation to a P120 million advertising deal that benefitted her brother’s media outfit by at least P89.88 million worth of segment buys and spot placements.

No less than 94 DOT-Central Office executives were also identified in a list of personnel who travelled abroad with unclear purpose or necessity, costing the government a whopping P19.29 million.

A separate finding cited unauthorized use of P3.8 million from DOT’s share in the income of the Duty Free Philippines Corp. which were spent shopping for supposed corporate giveaways and paying the P1.6 million fee of a consultant.

Still another audit observation noted an increase in DOT’s manpower and yet the agency even lowered its target numbers for technical assistance extended, monitoring of accredited of tourism enterprises, as well as enforcement actions undertaken.

The Value for Money Audit portion of the COA report noted that P847.208 million spent on programs, activities, and projects had no measurable performance indicators that would have shown that the local tourism industry is benefiting.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

A notice of disallowance had been issued by the COA against the P120 million advertising deal signed in March 2017 between the DOT and the state-owned People’s Television Network Inc. after it was revealed that the bulk of the money ended up with Bitag Media Unlimited Inc., a private outfit owned by Ben Tulfo, a brother of Secretary Tulfo-Teo.

“The Memorandum of Agreement between the DOT and PTNI showed a possible conflict of interest …considering that as per approved media plan P89.878 million or 75 percent of the computed contract cost will be paid to the program Kilos Pronto which is under the company owned by the bother of the DOT Secretary,” the COA said.

In the management comments, the DOT said PTV was chosen because it offered a much lower rate, adding GMA or ABS-CBN would have cost the government three times more.

At the same time, it noted that the transaction was between DOT and PTNI, hence the alleged conflict of interest does not apply. It stressed that Bitag Media was not a contracting party.

However, the COA noted that the Memorandum of Agreement that was signed by Teo and PTNI president and general manager Dino Antonio C. Apolonio specified that the tourism ads would be aired on spots in the program Kilos Pronto which is produced by Bitag Media.

The DOT Bids and Awards Committee said PTNI did not disclose the conflict of interest. At the same time, the BAC said that before the proposal was passed on to it, it already bore the signature of Teo hence the presumption that it had undergone review by her staff.

FOREIGN TRAVELS

During the year, no less than 94 officials and personnel under the DOT-Central Office went on trips abroad “to join various tourism-related activities.”

The COA, however, noted that the agency did not set ground rules to determine the necessity of such travels overseas raising a concern that such privileges may be subject to abuse.

Included in the list released by COA were Teo; Undersecretaries Alma Rita Jimenez, Katherine De Castro, Benito Bengzon Jr. Falconi Millar, and Rolando Canizal; and assistant secretaries Frederick Alegre, Reynaldo Ching, Maria Lourdes Japson.

Likewise able to travel abroad on DOT’s budget were 16 executive assistants, two utility workers, and Party-list Reps. Alfredo Garbin Jr. (AKO BICOL) and Anthony Bravo (COOP NATCCO).

The COA required the DOT to create a committee to formulate the guidelines for travels abroad including ensuring that only those personnel whose nature of work is related to the event must be sent, that the duration of the travel is strictly observed, and that documentary requirements are submitted for liquidation of the travel expenses.

The DOT said it had already issued the guidelines through the issuance of Department Order No. 2018-05 on January 10, 2018 “to prevent unnecessary, excessive, and extravagant travel expenses.”

DOT SHOPPING

Auditors also cited violations of RA 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009 through the withdrawal by the DOT of various items from the Duty Free Philippines Corp (DFPC) totaling P3.797 million.

An earlier audit of the DFPC said among the items withdrawn off the shelves were toiletries, kitchen wares, beddings, appliances, canned goods, luxury brands of cosmetics, and chocolates.

The withdrawn stocks amounted to P2.174 million while another P1.6 million was released as payment for a consultant.

Under the Tourism Act, the DOT receives half of the net income of DFPC at the end of each year.

However, the COA stressed that offsetting DOT’s expenses against the expected revenue share as the law specifically requires full remittance of the 50 percent of net income to the DOT.
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