2 Kidapawan officials in P75-M unliquidated CA-A A +A
Monday, April 14, 2014
THE Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao ordered the dismissal of an official of the Kidapawan City Treasurer's Office and the suspension of another after they were found guilty of not liquidating over P75 million worth of cash advances between 2011 and 2012.
Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Gay Maggie Baljadia-Violan ordered the dismissal of Kidapawan City Treasurer's Office disbursing officer Darwin A. Loyola and the suspension of acting city accountant Rovir Ian Golosino.
Along with the dismissal from the service, Loyola's retirement benefits were forfeited while he is no longer eligible to be employed in any public office. Golosino, meanwhile, was suspended for one month.
Violan, in her decision released on April 8 this year, said Loyola was found guilty of grave misconduct and honesty while Golosino was guilty of simple misconduct based on the complaint filed by the Commission on Audit (COA).
COA auditors Resurreccion Depula and Abraham Magno, in their audit sometime in July 2012, found out that Loyola was short of P6,097,533.22 worth of cash advances which were intended to pay for the salaries, allowances, and honoraria for city personnel and for benefits for the flash flood victims.
When the auditors tried to contact Loyola, he was nowhere to be found and the auditors presumably accused Loyola of taking the cash advances with him.
The auditors also reported that Golosino failed to settle the Cash Disbursements Record and the subsidiary ledger balances which resulted to the accumulation of P75,826,818.42 worth of unliquidated cash advances.
The auditors added that Golosino continued to grant cash advances to Loyola despite knowing that the latter has not yet liquidated his previous transactions.
Golosino insisted that he shouldn't be held liable since the accumulation of unliquidated cash advances was already happening early in 2011 before he assumed office in February of 2012.
Violan recognized the argument of Golosino stating that he should not be held liable for the entire shortage. But she stated that Golosino still granted cash advances to Loyola, hence, the charges filed against him was reduced to simple misconduct.
But since Golosino vacated his post on December 28, 2012, Violan ordered him to pay one-month worth of salary as fine after he was not able to serve the suspension after his resignation.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 15, 2014.