Palace assures transparency on 'Yolanda' funds

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2014 07:42 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2014 03:42 AM

MANILA -- Malacañang on Tuesday reiterated its previous assurances of transparency in the spending of the funds intended for the reconstruction of areas devastated by super typhoon "Yolanda."

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma responded to questions that some funds meant for the Yolanda reconstruction cannot be accounted for.

"Ang lahat ng pondo ng gobyerno na kasama sa General Appropriations Act allocation ng DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), yan po ay fully accounted for at lahat nito ay subject to COA (Commission on Audit) audit. At kung mayroon mang findings ay handang sagutin yan ng DSWD. Marahil po yung maraming katanungan ay patungkol sa mga donasyon na nanggaling sa mga pamahalaan, nanggaling sa mga pribadong organisasyon, na ang tumanggap ay private organizations," he said.

Coloma also explained that a large part of the donations received for Yolanda were coursed through private organizations and not received by government.

"Tinalakay natin ng makailang ulit dito sa forum na ito na sinisikap din nating ma-monitor yan and we appreciate inputs from the private sector kung paano nila gagawing accountable ang kanilang sarili sa paggamit ng mga pondong yan," he said.