MANILA - A director of the Department of Finance (DOF) is facing sanctions for using official funds for a dinner that she hosted, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said on Sunday.
Dominguez said a probe found out that a dinner hosted by the director for 40 persons was inappropriately included in the official costs of the workshop funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
He said the director was explicitly ordered to conduct the workshop at the Ayuntamiento de Manila in Intramuros without dinner, and the costs charged to the finance department's regular budget.
However, the official decided on her own to have the event held at the EDSA Shangri-la on July 17, with dinner included, and the costs charged to an ADB-administered Technical Assistance facility, according to the Finance chief.
Dominguez said he has already ordered the DOF director to return to the exact amount spent for the dinner to the ADB.
"I have also accepted the resignation of the official," he added.
Dominguez said he has also ordered DOF officials to "review and tighten the department’s internal procedures to avoid similar incidents in the future."