Tech-voc school’s P6M claim vs TESDA junked by COA

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    A PETITION for money claim filed by a private technical school against the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for providing trainings to government scholars has been denied by the Commission on Audit.

    In a decision released last March 12, COA Chair Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc ruled there is no legal basis to grant the claim of ICCT Colleges Foundation Inc. because there was no budgetary appropriation for the program and the school failed to present necessary documents in support of its petition.

    “This Commission finds the money claim bereft of merit. Section 85 of Presidential Decree No. 1445 (Government Auditing Code of the Philippines) provides that no contract involving the expenditure of public funds shall be entered into unless there is appropriation therefore,” the commission said.

    Based on the petition, ICCT said it was issued 7,533 vouchers by the TESDA on June 18, 2009 to provide trainings for enrollees under the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Program (PGSP).

    However, on June 28, 2010 the TESDA provincial director for Rizal informed ICCT that TESDA has recalled all unused PGSP vouchers for proper accounting.

    When it returned the unused vouchers, the ICCT also sent a billing statement to TESDA totaling P6.195 million.

    It said it provided trainings for TESDA scholars on bartending, commercial cooking, food and beverage services, housekeeping, welding, and computer hardware servicing.

    Upon the recommendation on TESDA, the ICCT filed the claim with the COA, saying the TESDA did not deny that it has unpaid obligations to the school and that it is entitled to compensation for providing services under the PGSP.

    TESDA countered that there was no appropriation for the program in the 2017 budget for the purpose of funding the said training in ICCT.

    The COA sided with the TESDA.

    “It appears that there was no budget duly appropriated for the PGSP vouchers issued in favor of ICCT during the calendar year 2009.  So too, this Commission cannot determine with reasonable certainty the value of the claim due to the absence of (supporting )documents,” the commission added.