COA questions Napolcom's P9-M 'dietary supplement allowance'

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 11 2019 07:31 PM

MANILA - The Commission on Audit has told the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to discontinue giving its officials and employees “dietary supplement allowances” which amounted to P9.09 million for 2018.

In the annual audit report on the agency, government auditors said the grant of the allowance has no legal basis, citing Presidential Decree No. 1445 which provides that “no money should be released except in pursuance of an appropriation law."

A 1998 Department of Budget and Management circular also explicitly states that government agencies are prohibited from granting any “food, rice, gift checks or any other form of allowances” unless authorized by the Office of the President.

“Payment of dietary supplement allowance amounting to P9,090,000 to the officials and employees of the commission including contract service and job order personnel is without legal basis,” the COA report said.

“We recommended that Management immediately stop the payment of dietary supplement allowance; and henceforth refrain from paying any form of allowances unless legally authorized.”

A total of P8.234 million was given to regular officials and employees for dietary supplements while P856,000 were granted to contract service and job order personnel. 

Government auditors noted that the Napolcom asserted that the allowance was in accordance with their Preventive Health Care Program which was adopted pursuant to a Civil Service Commission circular entitled Policy on Working Conditions at the Workplace.

Napolcom said the allowances were given in “good faith” but at the same time stated that the agency will quit the practice.

“Nevertheless, in consideration of the issuance of the instant Audit Observation Memorandum, which they treat as the final directive from COA, Napolcom will no longer grant dietary supplement allowance to its officials and employees including contract of service and job personnel,” the COA report said.

A copy of the audit report was sent to Napolcom Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Rogelio Casurao.

The full audit report on Napolcom can be found on the website of COA: https://www.coa.gov.ph/index.php/national-government-agencies/2018/category/7502-department-of-the-interior-and-local-government