MAYOR STEP SAYS COA FINDINGS NOT ADVERSE, CITY FINANCES OK

MAYOR STEP SAYS COA FINDINGS NOT ADVERSE, CITY FINANCES OK

Catbalogan City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan remains confident about her management of the city’s financial affairs despite an article in a national daily that told of adverse findings from the Commision on Audit (COA).

As early as July 1, 2014 during her State of the City Address to mark her first year in office, Mayor Step had already clarified that the COA gave Catbalogan a rating of QUALIFIED OPINION. “An buot ipasabot hini nga maupay an pagdumara han aton mga transaksyones, mayda la mga exemptions to the rule. Pero as a whole, an opinyon han COA amo in FAIR PRESENTATION OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS,” she had explained to a diverse crowd of representatives from various agencies and organizations.

These statements were in response to a Manila Bulletin article dated June 24, 2014 entitled “COA Uncovers Audit Flaws in Catbalogan”, which was based on COA’s Annual Audit Report for 2013. The lady mayor however is unfazed saying, “Han una ko nga pagbati hini nga storya in waray ako katarantar kay updated ako han resulta han Annual Audit Report han COA”.

“An dire ko maintindihan kun ano rason nga ira pagbabarion an kamatuoran para la mahingada an aton administrasyon ha karautan,” she said. Mayor Step added that the favourable opinion from the said agency has made it possible for the City Government to qualify as a nominee for Seal of Good Local Governance, formally known as Seal of Good Housekeeping. She also credited the city’s financial managers, namely City Accountant Peachy Daguman, City Budget Officer Adelaida Lamadrid and City Treasurer Elizabeth Lim for their handling of the city’s finances.

The statements were made to assure the public that despite the bold moves being made by the City Government, her administration remains responsible and conscientious with the city’s expenditures and all financial transactions are in accordance with COA’s policies.

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