By NESTOR L.ABREMATEA
September 21, 2010, 7:52pm
NAVAL, Biliran – Representative Rogelio “Roger” J. Espina (Lone District, Biliran) is urging officials and employees of the Commission on Audit (CoA) both in the Biliran Provincial Office here and the CoA regional office in Candahug, Palo, Leyte to support the transparency program of President Benigno S. Aquino III to help curb graft and corruption in various local government and public offices.
Espina said CoA officials both in Biliran and in the regional office should provide the public with an audit report to manifest their support of such transparency program. “Providing the public an audit report is one way by which the CoA can show their support for the transparency thrust of the new administration and would help the public know what’s going on with transactions in public offices.”
Espina said that if CoA employees and officials in all levels fail to respond to requests for CoA audit reports, “the transparency and good governance thrust of President Aquino is doomed to fail as the CoA plays a major role in our government.”
He shared his “sad” experience with CoA officials in his province relating that he was not officially furnished with audit reports from the agency last year.
Espina said he wanted to check transactions of former Congressman Glenn Chong, particularly those regarding the latter’s purchase of nine bus units in the island –town of Maripipi, Biliran and medicines bought using funds from the former solon’s Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF).
“I wrote CoA a letter requesting for a certified photo copy of the CoA audit report in 2009 of my predecessor (Chong) from the CoA Biliran Provincial Office, but I was told that they still have to get permission from the CoA regional office. And up to now, nothing they have yet to show me the audit report I’ve requested for,” lamented Espina.
He said that CoA’s failure to support President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s good governance thrust would see “many people getting disgruntled as they expect genuine reforms in the Aquino government.
Espina, who had been governor of the island province for nine years has threatened to grill top CoA officials come budget hearing and deliberations who, he underlined, “I shall ask to help support the transparency program and thrust of the new leadership.”