Sep 082013
The Commission on Audit (COA) has doubled the ceiling prices of its adjudication fees on cases regarding the disbursement of government funds, while the amount was raised five times for persons in the private sector with money claims.

The amount for the former was raised to P20,000, doubling the maximum amount set in the 2008 COA resolution and 2009 Revised Rules of Procedure.

This will affect filing of notices of disallowance or denial of claims for compensation, requests from relief from accountability, condonation and write-offs at one-tenth of one percent of the amount involved in the query, as long as it will not exceed the new ceiling price.

These fees are paid by government officials and employees from their personal funds.

Private firms or individuals filing money claims against government agencies or requests for approval of sale of a government asset will be charged the same percentage, if it does not exceed P50,000.

These fees will be paid by the claimants themselves.

Exceptions will be granted under special circumstances yet to be determined by the Commission Proper, made up of COA chairperson Ma Gracia M. Pulido Tan and Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Rowena V. Guanzon. They also signed the resolution.

The resolution will take effect immediately, and will be circulated in two newspapers. — RT/BM, GMA News

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