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CoA: Petilla’s officials got to use 53 vehicles

WHILE Carlos Jericho Petilla used his own car during his stint as Energy secretary, 14 officials of his department got 53 cars, with some of them traveling in a convoy of as many as seven back-up vehicles, the Commission on Audit said in 2013 report that was recently released.

Each official was also equipped with up to six laptops, notebooks, tablets and digital cameras.

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For this reason, Petilla, heeding the CoA recommendation, ordered “the surrender of the excess units of equipment whether serviceable or unserviceable for control and monitoring purposes.”

Petilla had to issue a memorandum twice on June 23 and July 8, 2014 to compel the return of the excess service vehicles and other office equipment.

The CoA said the fleet of cars came about as DoE officials chose to keep their old cars even after new ones were issued to them.

Petilla, as Cabinet secretary, was entitled to an official service vehicle and one security back-up but did not avail of it.

Those who got more than one vehicle were:  Assistant Secretary Matanog Mapandi, seven vehicles; Assistant Secretary Daniel Ariaso, Sr.,  four vehicles;  Patrick Aquino, director, information technology and management services, two vehicles; Mario Marasigan, director, renewable energy management bureau, seven vehicles; Arthur Tenazas, director, legal services, two vehicles; Jesus Tamang, director, Energy Policy and Planning Bureau, two vehicles; Zenaida Monzada, director, oil industry management bureau, eight vehicles; Ismael Ocampo,  assistant director, energy resources and development bureau, five vehicles; Carmencita Bariso, assistant director, EPPB, two vehicles; Amelia de Guzman, OIC-director, energy research testing and laboratory services, three vehicles; Efren Balaoing, director, Luzon Field Office, three vehicles; Reynaldo Liganor, head, LFO, two vehicles; Antonio Labios, director, Visayas field office, two vehicles; and Manuel Llaneza, director, Mindanao Luzon field office, four vehicles.

Budget Department rules allow only Cabinet secretaries to have more than one service vehicle, CoA said.

CoA also discovered that 79 DoE officers and employees were issued two to six laptops, notebooks, tablet computers, and digital cameras based on a review of the report on the physical count of the office and IT equipment on Dec. 31, 2013.

CoA  said  the  issuance of  excessive equipment was due to the “lack of adequate controls in property management.”

CoA said the inventory  as of Dec. 31, 2013 submitted by the chief of the general services division showed 14 DoE officials with ranks lower than cabinet secretary were issued more than one vehicle.

DoE said the officials were issued more than one vehicle  because their staff used the other  motor vehicles for  official trips and field work.

But CoA insisted on the Budget Department rule and said the use of existing vehicles in the department should be maximized.

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