Youth body ordered to refund P1.6M

THE National Youth Commission (NYC) was ordered to refund the over P1.6 million unauthorized extra compensation, excess reimbursement of meals and travel expenses its officials incurred in 2018.

Based on the report of the Commission on Audit (CoA),  there are incorrect credits of compensatory time-off (CTO) and Special Day-off (SDO), improper monetizing of leave credit and excessive claims of travel and meals committed by the NYC officials last year.

The CoA stressed that in the Civil Service Commission-Department of Budget and Management Joint Circular No. 2, series of 2004, the CTO is supposed to be a non-monetary benefit given to an employee in lieu of overtime pay.

However, the CoA discovered that 67 of the NYC’s 76 permanent employees availed themselves of the privilege and converted these into cash while “on travel status.”

CoA also flagged the unauthorized availment of CTOs/SDOs by NYC Commissioners-at-large Anthony Paul Pangilinan and James Ceasar Ventura.

The Policies and Guidelines on Overtime Services and Overtime Pay for Government Employees (CSC-DBM Joint Circular No. 1, series of 2015) states that any personnel holding a position higher than a division chief or equivalent level is not authorized to render overtime services.

“Further, we noted that travels on a Saturday/Sunday were allotted for travel back to official station/residence and were paid with the corresponding per diem/travel allowance,” the report read.

The COA noted that all in all, the amount of incorrect credit  CTO/SDO is  P680,675.91.

State auditors also noted that 99.3 percent or P858,926.63 out of P865,035.07 monetized leave credits paid in 2018 last year were invalid.

It was revealed that the reasons given by the employees were not accepted in Section 23 of the Omnibus Rules on Leave as well as Section 5.14 of CoA Circular No. 2012-01, which defined the grounds for the monetization of leave credits.