DA investigates regional office’s questionable transactions
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has ordered an investigation against certain transactions made by one of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) regional office which were questioned by Commission on Audit (COA).
During the Annual Exit Conference conducted by the COA Team assigned to the DA and the agencies, COA raised red flag on DA’s several transactions which did not adhere to set government guidelines on procurement.
These questionable transactions included an P11.4-million procurement by a regional office which did not undergo bidding.
“These will be thoroughly investigated,” Piñol said.
Meanwhile, DA, which in the past posted huge underspending in its annual budget, was also cited by COA for a very high 97 percent budget utilization in 2017.
“Next year will be more challenging as the national governments shifts to cash budgeting,” Piñol further said.