Following media reports on the supposed unutilized COVID-19 response funds mentioned in the Commission on Audit’s (COA) annual report for 2021, the Office of Civil Defense is providing latest updates on its utilization, specifically those transferred to various Local Government Units.
In an article published by the Philippine Star dated 19 June 2022 and which was based on the said report, OCD was supposedly “flagged” by COA for the unfinished COVID-19 facilities last year as well as the use of quick response funds. This information was as of December 2021 only and no longer up to date.
OCD wishes to clarify that all the observations and recommendations in the COA Independent Auditor’s Report CY 2021 report were all responded to and complied with by OCD as of June 21, 2022.
In the said report, the COA Resident Auditor gave OCD an “Unmodified Opinion on the fairness of the presentation of the financial statements of OCD. An Unmodified Opinion means that OCD strictly adheres to all relevant and applicable accounting and auditing rules and regulations.
As of June 21, 2022, 15 facility construction projects have already been completed. These are the projects of the Municipality of Jala-Jala, Municipality of Corcuera, Romblon, Municipality of Sofronio Española, Palawan, Municipality of Cagayancillo, Palawan, Municipality of Cuyo, Palawan, Municipality of Concepcion, Iloilo, Malaybalay City, Province of Bukidnon, Valencia City, Province of Bukidnon, City Government of Kidapawan, Cotabato, Provincial Government of Sultan Kudarat, Municipality of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, Municipality of Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat, Municipality of Surallah, Province of South Cotabato, Municipality of Midsayap, Province of Cotabato, and Koronadal, South Cotabato.