The Commission on Audit (COA) has been making headlines in the past few weeks for flagging government transactions. The news first blew up after the agency first reported “deficiencies” in the health department’s handling of some P67-billion ($1.33) COVID-19 funds that led to “missed opportunities” in the government’s pandemic response.
Since then, state auditors have flagged several other agencies. Here’s a rundown of some of the most ridiculous purchases and transactions making rounds on social media:
Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Infinity Pool
According to the state auditors, the project for PPA’s training facility in La Union cost roughly P10.80 million ($214,000). The facility’s project cost included a jacuzzi, a guest room, a pergola, and a decorative rock wall, in addition to an infinity pool.
Department of Health (DOH) laptops
DOH was heavily chastised when a bidding document for four high-end laptops worth P700,000 ($14,000) went viral online. Following the backlash, the health…