Manila lone NCR city to fail 2019 good financial housekeeping standards

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 20 2020 05:12 PM

MANILA - The Philippine capital is the lone city in Metro Manila that failed to pass last year's good financial housekeeping standards set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), with City Hall citing shortcomings in the past administration. 

Under the DILG's policy, a local government unit may receive the merit only if it passes Commission on Audit reviews and complies with the national government's full disclosure policy or the "posting of financial documents in 3 conspicuous places."

Manila failed to meet the standard because it did not fully disclose its financial documents in 2018 and in the first quarter of 2019, incumbent Mayor Isko Moreno said in a statement.

"This was already expected," he said, noting that the failure was not committed under his administration.

The city's finance committee has been convened "to work and fix the past administration's mess," the mayor said.

"This is an opportunity for us to do better, that we will not tolerate this kind of dismal performance. It's not happening under my watch," he said.

About 89 percent of the 1,706 local government units reviewed passed the DILG's good financial housekeeping standard in 2019, according to a memorandum issued on February 14, 2020.

Nine municipalities from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao were not reviewed "due to peace and order concerns," the memorandum read.