COA insists Quedancor official liable for P55M disallowance

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    A FORMER official of the Quedan and Rural Credit Guarantee Corporation (Quedancor) has failed to convince the Commission on Audit (COA) to exempt him from liability in connection with the disallowed payment of P55.64 million to livestock suppliers.

    In a resolution released last week, the COA Commission Proper denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Bobby Delorino, former acting district supervisor of Quedancor-Laguna in which he asked for the reversal of a July 28, 2016 ruling of the commission.

    The assailed ruling declared him liable for allowing the payment of P55,638,570.01 to Metro Livestock Inc. (MLI), Global Swine Philippines Inc. (GSPI) and other suppliers tapped to distribute piglets, feeds, medicines and other supplies to farmer-beneficiaries under the Swine Program

    Government auditors found that the input suppliers (IS) were selected without a public bidding in violation of RA 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

    A review of the transaction showed the IS were paid in full but made incomplete deliveries to farmers.

    In his appeal, Delorino argued that he merely implemented the provisions of Memorandum Circular No. 270 s. 2004 or the Consolidated Guidelines for the Quedancor Swine Program (QSP).

    He disputed the pronouncement that there was a violation of procurement rules as he pointed out that the requirement for public bidding was not stated in the memorandum circular.

    He also invoked the 2011 ruling of the Sandiganbayan in People vs. Luis Ramon O. Lorenzo et al which held that the swine program was a transaction of the government financial institution in the ordinary course of business.

    The COA however said the movant’s arguments have no merit.

    “Movant, as acting district supervisor, was directly charged with the implementation of the QSP in Laguna. His negligence in monitoring the implementation thereof resulted in incomplete deliveries that contributed to the failure of the QSP,” the COA said.

    It added that the Sandiganbayan did not nullify the audit findings which became the bases for the disallowance.

    “The determination made by the Sandiganbayan refers only to the criminal aspect of the case which is different from the resolution of the case relative to the exercise of COA’s independent audit functions,” the commission said.