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Uphold transparency, Go urges

Elmer N. Manuel @tribunephl_lmer

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Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Wednesday revealed that a congressional oversight committee will be formed to ensure that audit regulations on government agencies are enforced with the enactment of Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”

In a radio interview, the senator said that the Commission on Audit (CoA) has the mandate to investigate purchases of the government, but stressed that there should be exemptions on funds that will be used to help the people amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat.

The senator added that as a member of the legislative branch of the government, he is urging government agencies to ensure that the grant of resources and additional authority to the executive branch is done in the most transparent manner.

As stated in the measure, “The President, during Monday of every week, shall submit a weekly report to Congress of all acts performed pursuant to this Act during the immediately preceding week.”

The report will include the amount and corresponding utilization of the funds used, augmented, reprogrammed, reallocated and realigned in accordance with the law.

A Joint Congressional Oversight Committee will be formed to “determine whether such acts, orders, rules and regulations are within the restrictions provided herein.”

The law also provides for additional penalties for offenses, such as local government unit (LGU) officials disobeying national government policies or directives in imposing quarantines, among others.

Go also reminded his fellow government officials to ensure transparency and accountability in the provision of government aid to Filipinos.

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