Senate wants special audit of Yolanda donations

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 29 2014 01:31 AM | Updated as of Aug 29 2014 09:31 AM

MANILA - The Senate finance committee has recommended that a special audit be conducted by the Commission on Audit on local and foreign donations, both in cash and in kind, received by the government in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda.
In its committee report signed by committee chair Chiz Escudero, the finance committee said that the special audit should be conducted “in response to the public clamor for transparency and accountability.”
The report came after the committee held a series of hearings that looked into the donations received by the government and the status of the rehabilitation efforts in communities affected by the typhoon.
The committee also found that “there was no single agency in the government that has possession and knowledge of the total amount of local and foreign donations.”
The committee recommended the filing of a bill that will institute “a mechanism for the receipt, accounting, and monitoring of foreign and local donations by the government for various calamities.”
It was Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago who filed a resolution calling for an inquiry on the need for transparency and accountability over foreign and local aid that poured in for the victims of the typhoon.