THE Manila City Government was cleared by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) of the 27 non-existent barangays in the city that allegedly received real property tax shares amounting to P108.733 million.
The Commission on Audit flagged the Manila City Government after it found that 27 “ghost” barangays received P108.73 million worth of real property taxes.
However, investigation released by the DILG-Manila Field Office under Atty. Roltnne Javier revealed that the 27 non-existent barangays identified by COA were actually existing with temporary barangay names and codes.
The DILG also said that the fund of the so-called “Barangay 10” which received P365,000 in tax shares remain intact and deposited to the city’s Trust Fund Account.
According to the DILG, the City of Manila which has 896 barangays and recognized based on numerical numbers, were not yet officially classified by the DILG under the numerical numbers.
In a statement, the DILG said barangay numbers begins from barangay 1 up to barangay 905, including the dissolved barangay with sub-A markings.
Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada was relieved by the DILG report, saying he was pleased by the investigation, adding his administration will not resort to any anomaly to pocket public funds.
Estrada said he will fulfill his promise to rid the city of financial liabilities and claimed that under his watch will continue to make the city “debt-free”.
The City of Manila was dragged into debt during the administration of former mayors Lito Atienza and Alfredo Lim.