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National Youth Commission triples consultancy fees, foreign travel expenses under Aiza Seguerra

The Commission on Audit (COA) reported that the National Youth Commission (NYC) jacked up its consultancy fees and travel expenses in 2017 under the management of former Chair Aiza Seguerra.

In its 2017 audit report, COA reported that NYC’s consultation fees jumped 306 percent to P3.55 million last year from only P874,000 in 2016.

COA questioned 70 percent of the consultation contracts worth P2.495 million due to lack of documentation as required under the rules.

The contracts for the development of a Sangguniang Kabataan manual, Philippine Youth Development draft,workshops and website development were not processed under PhilGeps; lacked a procurement plan or clearance for no conflict of interest; no resolution for negotiated bidding; and absence of profiles on consultants.

“The following documents were relevant to establish validity of claims in every tranche of payments for consultancy services rendered. These documents were not attached to the vouchers for payment particularly during the subsequent payment of consuming contracts,” COA said.

COA also reported a jump in NYC’s travel expenses to P8.241 million in 2017, up 56 percent from P5.295 million in 2016.

The biggest increase was seen in foreign travel which nearly tripled to P2.073 million in 2017 from P709,732 in 2016.

Seguerra, a former child star, was rewarded with the NYC top seat in August 2016 after pitchin in for the campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte. She resigned in March 2017 for no specific reason.









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