OWWA flagged over ‘questionable acquisition’ of Covid items


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) received a notice of disallowance about their P1.272 million dubious acquisition of COVID-19 items in 2020, the Commission on Audit (COA) said.

State auditors indicated that the OWWA Central Office received the ND dated June 29, 2021 requiring the responsible officer and concerned businesses to settle the aforementioned disallowance promptly in the 2021 annual audit report on OWWA.

According to the audit report made public last year, “doubtful charges” for hygiene kits, bottled water, and snacks totalling P1.269 million were made in 2020.

The supplies were purchased from a construction and trading business as well as other suppliers who weren’t “reputable drugstores and supermarkets.”

The OWWA deputy administrator was given six months to submit an appeal and present their argument.

The offices of former Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III and OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac also got copies of the audit report.

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